FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Jess Levin (202) 772-8162
Washington, DC -- Today, Media Matters for America announced that award-winning journalist Will Bunch will be working with the group as a Senior Fellow.
"After three decades as a highly respected journalist, Will Bunch brings to Media Matters a knowledge of media and politics that is unmatched," said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. "I am delighted that he will be joining us in the fight for a more honest, accurate media."
"I'm thrilled to work with Media Matters in support of my new book, The Backlash, which looks at how the conservative media is driving the Tea Party movement." Bunch said. "I'm also excited Media Matters is offering me a wider platform to push for better journalism, which in turn will lead to better democracy."
Will Bunch is author of 2009's Tear Down This Myth: The Right-Wing Distortion of the Reagan Legacy, which was published by Free Press and has just been released in a paperback edition. The book examines the calculated effort by the modern conservative movement to canonize the 40th president, and the harmful effect on everything from runaway debt to failed energy policies to unchecked greed on Wall Street. His new book -- tentatively titled The Backlash and looking at the right-wing reaction to the presidency of Barack Obama -- is to be published by Harper in August.
He is senior writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and author of its popular blog, Attytood. He was named the city's best blogger by Philadelphia Magazine in 2008 and best columnist by the same publication in 2009.
Bunch has won numerous journalism awards, including a share of the 1992 Pulitzer Prize for spot news reporting when he worked for New York Newsday. He has also worked for Newsday on Long Island, the Birmingham (Ala.) News and the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter. His articles have also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, American Prospect, American Journalism Review, Salon.com, and elsewhere. He is author of one other book.from 1994: Jukebox America: Down Back Streets and Blue Highways in Search of the Country's Greatest Jukebox. He lives with his family in the Philadelphia suburbs.
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media. For more information, visit www.mediamatters.org.