"Media Matters" Before and After
In RADAR's Monday, November 26th alert (http://mediaradar.org/alert20071126.php we
discussed Media Matters for America's article entitled "On Your World, Mark Rudov
falsely claimed 'women are equal-opportunity domestic abusers'" (http://mediamatters.org/items/200711210003). We
explained that RADAR knew that a number of factual comments on this
article had been submitted but not approved for publication by Media
After RADAR's alert was posted, Media Matters approved an
additional 31 comments submitted between last Wednesday and last
Friday. All of the previously withheld comments were critical of
Media Matters' position. The chronology of events, as best we can
reconstruct it is as follows:
Tuesday, November 20 - Media Matters posts article saying the claim that "women are equal-opportunity domestic abusers" is false.
Tuesday through Friday - Media Matters editors post 32 of the 63 comments submitted.
Sometime Friday or Saturday - Media Matters disables posting of any further comments on this article.
Late Sunday night - RADAR issues an alert, notifying the public that Media Matters is not allowing factual comments that disagree with them.
Sometime Monday - After RADAR's alert is distributed, Media Matters' editors post an additional 31 comments critical of their position, 29 of which had been submitted the previous Wednesday, 1 submitted Thursday, and 1 submitted Friday.
A number of people who received our alert have asked who Media Matters is. The best information we've been able to find is at http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,299056,00.html.
Below are the comments that appeared on the Media Matters article as of late Monday night, November 26. The 31 comments that the Media Matters' editors didn't allow through until after RADAR's alert are shown on a pink background.
Date of RADAR Release: November 27, 2007
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