Talia Lavin was a “fact-checker” for the New Yorker until she was forced to resign from that position after falsely accusing an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent of sporting a Nazi tattoo. She recently called Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX), who lost his right eye while fighting terrorists in the Middle East, “Captain Shithead.” No bias or emotional baggage, nothing but the unvarnished truth from Ms. Lavin.
Naturally, she recently wrote an op-ed that was published in The Washington Post, in which she accused “many figures on the right,” including “fast-talking far-right pundit Ben Shapiro” of evoking “the specter of a war between Islam and the West” in the aftermath of the Notre Dame Cathedral fire. Shapiro termed Lavin’s comments “the sheerest form of disgusting bullshit” and asked The Washington Post to “fix this nonsense,” prompting Media Matters for America (MMA) to defend Lavin by cleverly and persuasively replying to Shapiro, “Fuck you and the burro you rode in on.” (Is that a slam against Mexicans, Media Matters)? MMA is a web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c) organization that was founded in 2004 by “journalist,” political activist, and professional prevaricator David Brock, a man apparently as devoid of conscience as MMA is of reason and articulation.
Media Matters touts itself as a “progressive media watchdog,” and is purportedly “dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” This is a role without a need, as the vast majority of fake news is generated by progressives. (See also CNN, Slate, MSNBC, and The Washington Post, not to mention MMA itself).
Media Matters for Hysteria says Lavin has been subjected to right-wing harassment “for the better part of a year,” while calling her a “great writer.” Well, I guess it takes one to know one. Probably was the “Captain Shithead” phrase that merited that superlative. It’s right up there with some of The Bard’s best work.
Does the media matter? Probably. But Media Matters…matters not.