Media Matters' systematic removal of my responses from their website, also most of my responses to their attacks in one place
Media Matters' practices what I call hit-and-run journalism, where they make an attack and ignore any response that is provided. I have tried over about seven years to put up comments on their website responding to these claims (often quotes out of context or deliberately misread data). It appears to me that Media Matters wants to leave their readers with the impression that the other side never provides a response to their claims.
Media Matters has removed all sorts of comments that I have placed on their website (indeed, I never kept count, but it is a lot), even ones that involve me explaining to people why my eyebrows are deformed because of surgery that I had as a kid. Here is one case recently where they made the mistake of removing my comments, but not the comments that responded to my original post.
Media Matters apparently told Wemple that my comments were removed because their readers had tagged them as offensive. But Media Matters only very recently changed their system for putting up comments. Prior to that they would have to approve someone twelve times before their comments would automatically be posted on their website. The problem is that their screeners would virtually never let any of my comments through (surely not enough that I ever got close to the magic number of twelve). This problem over many years had absolutely nothing to do with their readers supposed complaints. In addition, Media Matters confirmed to Wemple that I had previously complained to them multiple times over the last seven years about them refusing to publish my comments.
More information will be provided soon. But you can see that I have long complained about Media Matters sanitizing its comment section. Indeed, I have complained in person several times to people from David Brock on down from at least 2008. I have also made notes about this attempt to shield their readers from my responses on my website (see links below) as well as on Twitter. A couple of my many responses to Media Matters posts on Twitter can be seen here. One from May 2012 (note that I only joined Twitter in March 2012):
Here is one from mid-2013.
Here are numerous other Tweets from 2013 and the beginning of 2014.
I also have copies of emails that I sent them. Other exchanges about there unwillingness to post my comments were made in person and on the telephone.
When Media Matters has attacked me, I would write up a response and post a link to the comment on their website. Here are 23 times that I wrote up and posted, though I haven't gone through everything that I have written and I am sure that there were more responses. Below I first show Media Matters' title and then a link to their claims and then my response.
Media Matters, 'Stand Your Ground' and me
David Brock, Media Matters and gun control hypocrisy
MEDIA MATTERS' POTENTIALLY LETHAL DISTORTIONS ON GUNS
"Media Matter's dishonest attacks on Fox News" -- discussion here.
Here is a response that I didn't post on Media Matters website.
-- Fox's Bolling Inadvertently Advocates For Gun-Free Zones
Here is a response that I tried posting about seven weeks after I sent Erik Wemple the original story.