In 2004, David Brock founded Media Matters for America. David also is the author of five political books, including The Fox Effect (coauthored with Ari Rabin-Havt, Random House, February 2012) and The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy (Crown, May 2004). In Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (Crown, March 2002), a 2002 New York Times best-selling political memoir, he chronicled his years as a conservative media insider.
New polling from the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found that 62 percent of Americans viewed the Republican Party as favoring the rich, compared to 26 percent who see Republicans as favoring the middle class, and 2 percent who see them as favoring the poor. This huge disparity in public perception of Republican policies is often lost on media outlets that fall for lofty GOP rhetoric claiming to care about low- and middle-income Americans.
Media criticized Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio's reaction to President Obama's address at the Islamic Society of Baltimore for "contort[ing]" Obama's speech while being steeped in "seemingly Islamophobic" rhetoric that left open "the possibility for dog whistling."