11:20 am Feb. 14, 2012
The conservative website Daily Caller recently launched a series about Media Matters, focusing in part on the connections between this ideological watchdog organization and "the liberal media."
It has gotten plenty of media attention (which was the point, one supposes), the latest installment of which is this interview the Daily Caller's editor in chief Tucker Carlson gave to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly last night. In the interview, Carlson revealed that reporters including E.J. Dionne at the Washington Post and Brian Stelter at the New York Times talk to Media Matters, according to his sources, and accused most of the reporters he listed of accepting information without verifying it.
This information, as O'Reilly noted, came from anonymous sources, and in the interview, as Carlson goes through his list of reporters (who are guilty of being on Media Matters' pitch-list, I think he's saying), he doesn't give examples of things they got wrong.
As part of the Daily Caller's series, though not as part of this particular interview, Ben Smith, who in fact has reported on Media Matters in the past and at times called them out for being dishonest, was accused of being ... an apologist for Media Matters.
John Podhoretz, conservative columnist for the New York Post, called that accusation "preposterous."