Report Reveals White House Ties to Liberal Watchdog

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WASHINGTON -- The White House is under fire from conservative groups Tuesday after a new report revealed it has close ties with a non-profit liberal watchdog group being paid to target religious broadcasters.

Media Matters of America bills itself as dedicated to "correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media."

In an investigative series exposing the group, the The Daily Caller news website found that Media Matters has significant influence within many major news organizations.

The Daily Caller also said "Media Matters has to a great extent achieved its central goal of influencing the national media."

** Alex Pappas, reporter for the Daily Caller, worked on the investigative series on Media Matters. He talked about why the group would go after Christian broadcasters, on "The 700 Club," Feb. 21.

Kerry Picket, editor of the Washington Times opinion blog, agreed.

"This story The Daily Caller put out, you have some sources inside Media Matters that have said that they practically wrote MSNBC's prime time line-up," Picket said.

The Daily Caller also found that Media Matters "operates in regular coordination with the highest levels of the Obama White House, as well as with members of Congress and progressive groups around the country."

Picket told CBN News no one is safe when it comes to Media Matters and the group will target anyone who doesn't agree with its left-wing viewpoint.

"They like to portray themselves as (the) media watchdog of conservatives," Picket said. "While they go after, say Fox News, who they like to say is conservative, they'll also go after any broadcaster they believe is not towing their line."

Media Matters is also targeting religious organizations.

The Daily Caller reported last Thursday that group accepted a $50,000 grant from the ARCA Foundation in 2006 to monitor and attack religious news outlets, including the Christian Broadcasting Network. The ARCA Foundation often funds Democratic causes. 

Since then, the liberal watchdog published at least 65 articles about CBN, along with other stories about Christian child psychologist James Dobson and the late Rev. Jerry Falwell.

Leaders of the National Religious Broadcasters addressed the allegations Monday at the NRB's 69th Annual Convention in Nashville, Tenn.

NRB leaders said it was clear that Media Matters has been attempting to specifically attack Christian broadcasters.

"It appears clear that this is not an investigation and a campaign of intimidation against religious broadcasters, but it was specifically focused on Christian broadcasters," Craig Parshall, NRB senior vice president of communications and general council, told CBN News.

CBN News attempted to contact Media Matters for its response to the case, but so far the group has chosen to remain silent.

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