Topic: Accuracy in Media
Cliff Kincaid is very unhappy that Todd Akin was accurately quoted by a liberal group. He rants in a Sept. 3 Accuracy in Media column:
The controversy over Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s abortion comments was started by a George Soros-funded Democratic Party Super-PAC and the “bait” was taken by Republican Party officials who wanted him out of the race for other reasons, says John Putnam, Missouri state coordinator for the national Tea Party Patriots group.
The Super-PAC, American Bridge, was started by former conservative turned liberal and homosexual activist David Brock, who also runs the Soros-funded Media Matters group. American Bridge sends “trackers” to follow conservative and Republican candidates in the hope that the candidate makes some controversial statements that can be distorted or taken out of context and used for partisan political purposes.
And how did American Bridge nefariously catch Akin making a statement that even Kincaid can't prove was taken "out of context" despite quoting Putnam calling the statement "distorted"? By watching it on TV. Kincaid writes:
Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times is one of the few reporters noting the key role played by American Bridge in the controversy. She reported, “What got the story out was a Democratic tracker for American Bridge, a pro-Obama SuperPAC. Ty Matsdorf, a senior adviser for American Bridge, told me their Missouri tracker saw the interview live and flagged it for his bosses. They posted a clip on YouTube and sent it around to some reporters. The explosion was just a matter of time.”
That's pretty much all Kincaid has -- that an activist watched TV and accurately quoted Akin. No substance here.