Why does Media Matters get my tax dollars?
In the groupâ€™s tax-exempt application, which was requested and acquired by The Daily Caller, progressive non-profit made its intentions clear.
â€œMedia Matters for America (MMA) believes that news reporting and analysis by the American media, with its eye on profit margin and preservation of the status quo, has become biased,â€ reads the application. â€œIt is common for news and commentary by the press to present viewpoints that tend to overly promote corporate interests, the rights of the wealthy, and a conservative, Christian-influenced ideology.â€
In terms of the more general charge that the media are widely conservative, this contradicts nearly every study conducted on media messaging. Overwhelmingly, outlets, newspapers â€” practically every form of the press â€” has been found to have a leftist slant (at least in the eyes of the American public).
â€œThe majority of Americans (60%) also continue to perceive bias, with 47% saying the media are too liberal and 13% saying they are too conservative,â€ Gallup reportedback in 2011. â€œThe percentage of Americans who say the media are â€˜just about rightâ€™ edged up to 36% this year but remains in the range Gallup has found historically.â€
So, on what information was Media Matters predicating its conservative bias charges? Moreover, the mention of Christianity is also an eyebrow-raiser, mostly because it seems to showcase a concerted effort to counter faith influence in the public sphere.