Media Caught Censoring Trump Ally Roger Stone

Documented, organized institutional censorship threatens us all

“Media Matters succeeded in pressuring CNN, MSNBC, and even Fox News to stop booking Roger Stone, a regular guest and longtime Trump ally,” Brock wrote. “Stone has a decades-long history of employing political dirty tricks and regularly spouting violent, racist, and sexist rhetoric, and used his various platforms during the 2016 campaign to advance fringe conspiracy theories and promote fake news.”

Brock’s attack on Roger Stone continued.

“In late 2015 and early 2016, we aggressively educated network producers (who had been providing Stone an uncritical platform) about Stone’s background,” Brock added. “In response to our pressure, CNN and MSNBC confirmed that Stone will no longer appear on their airwaves because of his bigotry, and Stone himself reported that he had been blacklisted by Fox News.”

The briefing book entitled “Media Matters, The Top Watchdog Against Fake News and Propaganda: Transforming the Media Landscape” (published by Brock confidentially for potential donors but obtained and published by the Free Beacon), gave Brock a platform to brag about his ability to keep from getting press credentials any news media organization “accountable for even the slightest normalization of Trump.”

“When Breitbart applied for Permanent Senate Gallery Press Credentials, Media Matters was quick to act by advising the credentialing committee of the myriad ways that Breitbart violated their requirements,” Brock boasts. “Additionally, Media Matters did something that the committee was unable to do: A deep dive study of Breitbart content, reviewing thousands of their stories to demonstrate that they do not meet the credentialing requirement for original reporting.”

Throughout the document, Brock repeatedly explains the role he expects co-conspirators Google and Facebook to play when he targets conservative and/or libertarian media analysts and news organization he opposes ideologically, imploring Google and Facebook to silence “toxic alt-right” social support for reporting generated by a media group Brock has targeted for extinction, like Breitbart as noted above.

Brock’s hatred of Breitbart’s former chief executive is apparent when Brock writes in the confidential briefing book that Breitbart “has received millions in funding from extremist billionaires close to the Trump administration” providing “a nexus point for the so-called alt-right (the newest branding for American white nationalism, anti-Semitism, and misogyny)” to develop, print and/or broadcast stories Brock finds ideologically repugnant.

“With a powerful ally in thee White House (former chief executive Steve Bannon will be Trump’s chief strategist), Breitbart plans to export its brand of anti-establishment racism on a grand scale,” Brock continues.

In another special section of the briefing book blocked off with a blue background and white type, Brock crows about stopping Donald Trump during the campaign from phoning in interviews to news organizations.

“Media Matters was the first to call out national cable broadcast networks for allowing Trump to phone in their shows instead of forcing him to appear via satellite or in studio,” Brock bragged. “Because of this unprecedented privilege, Trump could appear on more shows (he conducted 69 phone interviews in the first 69 days of 2016 alone), and he could avoid being confronted by images and interviewers showing his lies for what they are.”

Brock insists the intervention of Media Matters was responsible for Trump losing this privilege with mainstream media entities he named.

“As a result of our campaign urging major networks to correct course, CBS News and NBC news publicly stated they’d discontinue Trump’s phone privileges,” he explained. “Eventually others followed suit and Trump’s ability to control the news cycle from the comfort of his home was greatly reduced.”

After bragging about stifling Trump’s ability to give telephone interviews to television news groups like CBS and NBC news, Brock marked the section “Private & Confidential.”

Brock makes clear in the briefing book that Media Matters techniques include bullying news organizations into black-balling conservative and libertarian talk-show hosts Brock opposes ideologically.

In introducing Angelo Carusone, the president of Media Matters, Brock boasts that in 2009, Carusone as a law student founded the “Stop Beck” movement that “organized participants via social media to successfully convince sponsors to cease advertising on [Glenn] Beck’s show.”

Brock ends his briefing book with a boldly stated threat.

“Toxic alt-right social media-fueled harassment campaigns that silence dissent and poison our national discourse will be punished and halted,” he proclaimed. “Hundreds of activists will join our campaigns to push back on alt-right harassment.”

“Key alt-right figures will lose credibility and influence in response to our research and pressure.”

 

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