In two separate blog posts and a weekly column, Las Vegas Review-Journal publisher Sherman Frederick responded to criticism from Media Matters by attacking the organization as "intellectually criminal" and "little more than a tool of government." However, he has yet to actually rebut any of the substance of the original item documenting his falsehoods and smears.
Frederick claimed that "'Media Matters' criticism should be a badge of courage for any non-Kool-Aid drinking journalist." And he suggested that there is some sort of conspiracy involving Media Matters, Sen. Harry Reid and the IRS:
The more troubling question that should interest independent minds is why Media Matters reaches all the way out to Nevada to squirt its partisan poison.
Might it have anything to do with Sen. Harry Reid's election woes? He has already said he hopes the Review-Journal, his chief critic in Nevada, goes out of business. And then Media Matters pops up to help? Maybe it's just a coincidence. You'll forgive me, however, if I brace myself for a "random" IRS audit and maybe a couple of unannounced federal inspections down at the newspaper.
Frederick also wrote in his latest column:
The good news is that Media Matters doesn't mean much when it comes to actual readers. They've posted their bile for several days and only garnered five comments. Five comments? Hell, I can get five comments by posting a blog that says "the sky is blue." For the curious, you can catch my blog and other Las Vegas news at "lvrj.com."
Actual readers? Let's see:
The original item cataloguing Frederick's falsehoods was posted on March 22. As you can see, Media Matters ranked far higher in traffic than the website of the Las Vegas Review-Journal in the "several days" since the item was published.
Frederick also responded to Joe Strupp's blog post today, which noted criticism from observers and former employees of the Review-Journal, including this comment from Jon Ralston:
"Those who are critical of the Review-Journal were thrilled to see someone assemble many of his inflammatory pieces in one place," said Jon Ralston, a former Review-Journal columnist who now writes for the Las Vegas Sun. "It is one thing for someone to be a local embarrassment; it is another thing to be a national embarrassment."
Frederick responded to Strupp and Ralston:
It is worth noting that after calling everybody they could, the only working journalist they could get on the record was Jon Ralston, a competitor who likes to think he's the king of political reporting in Nevada. In fact, he's a cracked bell journalistically -- very unreliable when it comes to the big stories in which certain "sources" seem to be able to get to him and spin him.
Frederick also wrote:
I invite you to take a look at the Media Matters site, to view for yourself how this intellectually criminal outfit tries to pass itself off as a journalism site. In fact it is all about politics they don't agree with. I'm surprise [sic] they haven't taken issue with my movie reviews and restaurant recommendations.
Not yet, anyway.
From a Media Matters news release:
Today, Media Matters for America announced the hiring of Joe Strupp as Investigative Reporter and Senior Editor. Strupp comes to Media Matters after 10 years as a senior editor at Editor & Publisher magazine. He will be the organization's first Investigative Reporter, and his original work will appear on his new Media Matters blog "Strupp," also launching today.
"Hiring an investigative reporter is a new step for Media Matters, but it is one we're confident will pay off," said Eric Burns, President of Media Matters. "Joe has more than 20 years of reporting experience and is an expert on the media industry. I am thrilled he is leading us in this new endeavor."
"I am excited about joining Media Matters, which I believe does a wonderful service for press coverage and balanced reporting," said Strupp. "I believe my work will be a great addition to an already valuable and remarkable team. I can't wait to provide daily media information along with original reporting of the ups and downs of the media industry."
Strupp is up with his first report which opens:
Did Newsday reassign two reporters after receiving complaints from Steve Levy, the county executive of Suffolk County, New York?
Significant evidence suggests that the newspaper -- the largest daily on Long Island -- did, including Levy's own admission that he urged the paper to reassign one of the reporters.
This raises serious concerns for the paper's readers and local community leaders, who must be able to trust Newsday's coverage of politics and government.
More about Joe Strupp:
Joe Strupp comes to Media Matters as an investigative reporter and senior editor with 21 years of news experience across newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and the Internet. Most recently, he was a senior editor at Editor & Publisher magazine, from 1999 to late 2009, writing for its print edition, website, and blog.
Strupp, 44, started his career at The Daily Journal in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He has also worked at The Argus in Fremont, California; The San Francisco Independent; and The Press-Enterprise of Riverside, California.
He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, National Public Radio, and Air America Radio, among other local broadcast outlets. He also spent time as a reporter and anchor at Pacifica Radio in Berkeley, California.
Strupp has earned awards from the New Jersey Press Association, Society of Professional Journalists, Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards, and Folio. He lives with his wife, Claire, and their two children in Northern New Jersey.
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