Conservatives have launched TruthRevolt, a website which aims to “unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.” The history of two main TruthRevolt figures, Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz, suggests the site won't prioritize accuracy or refrain from smears.
David Horowitz Launches TruthRevolt As The “Anti-Media Matters”
TruthRevolt Wants To “Unmask Leftists In The Media For Who They Are, Destroy Their Credibility With The American Public, And Devastate Their Funding Bases.” From the mission statement posted on its website:
The media win elections for the left. It's not the left's competence in office; leftists have demonstrated none. It's not the left's ideas; leftist ideas have failed everywhere they have been tried. The left wins for one simple reason: leftists control the information distribution system in the United States. And they use that system to pillory conservatives heartless bigots intent on harming the poor and targeting minorities.
The media must be destroyed where they stand. That is our mission at Truth Revolt. The goal of TruthRevolt is simple: unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.
TruthRevolt focuses on high-profile media members, and holding them accountable. But TruthRevolt does not stop there. TruthRevolt understands that all politics is local, and therefore looks to fight leftist propaganda at the local level, monitoring local newspapers, television and radio. TruthRevolt also seeks to stop the left dead in its tracks when it comes to training the next generation, our college campuses.
TruthRevolt works to make advertisers and funders aware of the leftist propaganda they sponsor - and bringing social consequences to bear to create pressure on such advertisers and funders. [TruthRevolt.org, accessed 10/7/13]
TruthRevolt Bills Itself As The “Anti-Media Matters.” From an article about an interview with TruthRevolt editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro:
Appearing on Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot channel 125 with Breitbart News Executive Chairman and host Stephen K. Bannon, Shapiro said those who “bankroll” and enable the mainstream media to lie and “push their agenda” must “be made aware that the American public is not going to stand for this bullshit.”
He simply said there has to be a “price to pay for that.”
Shapiro said TruthRevolt will be billed as the “anti-Media Matters.” He emphasized that Media Matters has tried to destroy the careers of conservatives who are truth-tellers and TruthRevolt will “turn that around and go after the liars of the left-wing” and the mainstream media. [Breitbart.com, 10/7/13]
TruthRevolt Is A Project Of The David Horowitz Freedom Center. From a post on the David Horowitz Freedom Center website:
Today, the David Horowitz Freedom Center is launching TruthRevolt, a much-needed campaign to expose the hypocrisies and mendacities of the leftwing media. A brainchild of Ben Shapiro, TruthRevolt is a groundbreaking initiative to engage in investigative journalism about the leftwing media figures who produce radical ideology masquerading as “news” and feed it to the American public as objective journalism.
TruthRevolt differs from other organizations in its action orientation. It is determined not only to confront the leftwing media, but also to impact their profits. By enlisting thousands of conservatives to aggressively call on these media sponsors of leftwing propaganda to cease their sponsorship of destructive views and radicalized demagogues, TruthRevolt will put pressure on the advertisers who support such programming to pull their sponsorship.
“The far left site Media Matters, run by self-confessed liar David Brock, has achieved enormous success by using the power of astroturfed boycotts and campaigns against conservative media figures, targeting their funders and advertisers,” commented Freedom Center Chairman David Horowitz. “TruthRevolt will fight fire with fire, working to make advertisers and funders aware of the malicious propaganda they sponsor and create.” [HorowitzFreedomCenter.org, accessed 10/7/13]
Ben Shapiro, TruthRevolt's Editor-in-Chief
Shapiro Credulously Reported That Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Received Money From Non-Existent “Friends Of Hamas.” Citing “Senate sources,” Shapiro claimed that then-nominee for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel may have received money from a group called “Friends of Hamas.” It was later revealed that “Friends of Hamas” does not exist. [Media Matters, 3/3/13; Daily Beast, 10/7/13]
Shapiro: “Of Course Hitler Was A Left-Winger.” [Premiere Radio, The Sean Hannity Show, 3/7/13, via Media Matters]
Shapiro: “Arabs Like To Bomb Crap And Live In Open Sewage.” Shapiro tweeted about the Israeli and Palestinian conflict: “Israelis like to build. Arabs like to bomb crap and live in open sewage. This is not a difficult issue. #settlementsrock.” [Twitter, 9/27/10, via Media Matters]
Shapiro: Obama Administration Is “Openly Anti-Semitic” And Rahm Emanuel “Is A Kapo.” Shapiro claimed in a syndicated column that the Obama administration was “openly anti-Semitic” and called Rahm Emanuel, then-White House chief of staff, a “kapo,” a term that refers to Nazi concentration camp prisoners who aided the Nazis. [Media Matters, 4/28/10]
Shapiro: Obama Was “An Ideological Muslim” And Hillary Clinton Was “An Ideological Lesbian.” In a post on Breitbart.com, Shapiro claimed that Obama was not an actual Muslim but “an ideological Muslim in the same way Hillary Clinton was an ideological lesbian in her college days.” [Breitbart.com, 9/21/11, via Media Matters]
David Horowitz, Freedom Center Chairman
Horowitz Claimed There Was A Muslim Brotherhood “Infiltrat[or]” At CPAC. At the 2011 Conservative Political Action Conference, Horowitz attacked conservative activists Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist, claiming that Khan, with Norquist's aid, “infiltrat[ed]” CPAC, the Bush White House and the conservative movement on behalf of the Muslim Brotherhood. [David Horowitz's CPAC speech, 2/12/11, via Media Matters]
Horowitz: It's A “Fact” That Clinton Aide Huma Abedin Is Connected To “Nazi Organization” Muslim Brotherhood. The allegation that Abedin is connected to the Muslim Brotherhood has been disproven and also condemned by both Republican and Democratic leaders. [Fox News, America Live, 9/19/12, via Media Matters; Media Matters, 7/31/12]
Horowitz Claims He's Proven “That There Are Only A Couple Of Degrees Of Separation Between Anybody On The Left And The Terrorists.” [The Washington Times, 3/24/05, via Media Matters]
Horowitz: “Blacks Are The Human Shields Of The Democratic Party.” Horowitz called former President Jimmy Carter an “anti-Semite” and said “blacks are the human shields of the Democratic Party.” [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 9/16/09, via Media Matters]
Horowitz: Professors “Are Recruiting For Radical Parties, Terrorist Supporting Parties, No Question.” Horowitz claimed that university professors are “recruiting for radical parties, terrorist supporting parties, no question.” [Fox News, Hannity, 9/03/10, via Media Matters]
Horowitz's Book The New Leviathan Was Filled With Numerous Errors, Distortions, And Falsehoods. [Media Matters, 6/11/12]
Horowitz's Book The Shadow Party Featured Doctored Quotes And Factual Errors. [Media Matters, 8/2/06]