One of the strategies Media Matters employs in trying to make sure that all reporters only provide a left-leaning vision of America is to release the hounds on smaller reporters working for regional papers. They throw the weight of their nationwide fundraising and contact list, as well as the bloggers who carry their water, onto reporters who are just trying to cover the news as it relates to the towns around them.
Reporters who werenâ€™t cooperative might feel the sting of a Media Matters campaign against them. â€œIf you hit a reporter, say a beat reporter at a regional newspaper,â€ a Media Matters source said, â€œall of a sudden theyâ€™d get a thousand hostile emails. Sometimes theyâ€™d melt down. It had a real effect on reporters who werenâ€™t used to that kind of scrutiny.â€
It’s not a surprise at all, but it is useful to be reminded when it is coming straight from the mouths of former employees.
I highlight this because I think this shows why we should recognize when local papers get the stories on Second Amendment issues right. With Media Matters accepting funds specifically to attack any remotely fair or even slightly pro-rights reporting, they have an incentive to try and scare or shut down reporters who give gun owners a fair shake. (Meanwhile, it would be interesting to know how much of the Joyce Foundation money for anti-gun reporting went to paying the salaries of those who carried guns for the organization illegally.) They simply cannot handle the idea that anyone in the press would even acknowledge the Second Amendment as an individual right or be fair and balanced. If that happens, Media Matters would rather see those reporters “melt down” than keep writing.