Liberal media-watchdog organization Media Matters is naming a new president and taking its coverage in a new direction, with less emphasis on cable news and more focus on fake news and other “bad actors.”
Angelo Carusone, currently the organization’s executive vice president, will take over as president. The group, known for taking on what they argue is misinformation in conservative media, particularly on Fox News, will enter a “new era,” focusing on the likes of Breitbart, the “alt-right”, conspiracy theories and fake news.
“There was a period of time which we were, rightfully so, described as the ‘Fox antagonist’s,” said Carusone, who also acted as Deputy CEO of the Democratic National Convention. “Now, our mission is to be principally focused on the value of journalism.”
Carusone, who in the past has led efforts against the likes of Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh, said Fox is no longer the “gate keeper” it used to be. “It used to be simple, Fox News was the gate keeper… but now there are so many potential bad actors,” Carusone said. “Now there are places like Facebook who aren’t bad actors but can be enablers of misinformation.”
Carusone was hired by Media Matters in 2010 following his campaign to convince advertisers to drop Glenn Beck. His Twitter feed is a constant delight.
Surprised people like Hannity aren’t concerned about fake news given that it’s in direct competion to bullshit they spew at Fox or on radio.
— Angelo Carusone (@GoAngelo) December 6, 2016