I have written multiple posts regarding the coordination between Media Matters and an independent group using the name Boycott Rush, which has a website BoycottRush.org and also the Stop Rush Project at which advertiser target lists and contact information are maintained for volunteers around the country to use.

The Boycott Rush / Stop Rush Project group has denied coordination with Media Matters, but my analysis of Twitter histories and other public information demonstrated communications which suggested otherwise.  One indication was this notice on BoycottRush.org, with the image being captured on March 16 at 8:30 a.m.:

“Shoq Value” is the Twitter account of the person running the Stop Rush Project; the link took the reader to the Shoq Value webpage that then directed to the Stop Rush Project.

The significance of this notice was that it demonstrated the two groups working together “to connect” various anti-Rush groups “for info sharing, etc.,” which puts Media Matters at the center of the Rush boycott and advertiser intimidation effort.

Thanks to Ben Shapiro at Big Journalism for pointing out that the notice now has been removed from the BoycottRush.org website:

The website, Stop Rush, is run by two radical left self-described volunteers who deny all involvement with Media Matters. But as Legal Insurrection has pointed out, the website carried a post linking to Media Matters, asking its followers to let Media Matters know if they are running “another Rush-related effort … There’s a HUGE number of efforts out there, and they’re trying to connect them all for info sharing, etc.” Search the website now, and that post has been conveniently removed.

Here’s the current screenshot of the blank space where the notice formerly was placed:

The discomfort of associating with Media Matters is understandable.

Media Matters has its own agenda of keeping itself relevant given all the criticism it has come under, as RB Pundit points out:

The Fluke story is now only a story within the left’s fringe. Even the mainstream media has moved on. Breitbart.com – and many others – didn’t let the Democrat Media Complex control the story, and they were forced to give up. Brock is trying to justify his role within the Complex because more and more people are learning how they work, and his and Media Matters’ role only works behind the scenes.

The anti-Rush effort has a love-hate relationship with Media Matters, loving the strategy and resources Media Matters brings to the anti-Rush effort but hating the sunlight.

Update:  Commenter chilipalmer has a very good write up of the bullying tactics in Burlington, VT.


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