Are times beginning to change – a little bit? An actual mention of Media Matters in the newspaper!
San Jose Mercury News – Group that exposed Imus angers conservatives,
While radio shock jock Don Imus was hanging up his cowboy hat and getting canned Wednesday from his MSNBC TV show and then Thursday from CBS for a racial slur made a week earlier, the Washington, D.C., organization Media Matters for America was scratching a notch on its belt.
In its third year, the non-profit with 50 employees and a budget of $3 million to $4 million was getting its biggest recognition so far for its efforts to “monitor, analyze and correct conservative misinformation.”
Over three years, and to the ire of the conservatives it targets, the group had reported some 15 other examples of racist speech by the popular in-the-Beltway host, as well as countless corrections to reports in major media outlets, from the New York Times to Fox News. But even it was surprised that the Imus incident was the spark that caught fire.
“We were the first to draw attention to the comments a week ago,” said Jamison Foser, the organization’s managing director. “We focused a great deal of effort to make sure that people understood this wasn’t an isolated incident, as he was claiming afterward.”