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Friday, June 22, 2012
Matthew Sheffield, Hypocrite
Topic: NewsBusters

Matthew Sheffield devotes an entire June 21 NewsBusters post to ranting that the group Common Cause is described as a "nonpartisan" group when it is actually a "liberal activist organization" and "a liberal astroturf group masquerading as a non-partisan government watchdog."

What about conservative groups that hide behind a "nonpartisan" description? Sheffield doesn't care.

Indeed, just a couple weeks earlier, in a May 30 post, Sheffield uncritically repeated a description of the Tax Foundation as a "nonpartisan research group" in regurgitating its claim that "millions of Americans are leaving high-tax areas like New York or California in favor of lower-tax jurisdictions like Texas or Florida." In fact, the Tax Foundation has been described as having a "pro-business leaning," and U.S. News & World Report called it a "conservative-leaning group."

There was no ranting from Sheffield about the Tax Foundation being desribed as "nonpartisan" when it's actually conservative.

That's not the only example of Sheffield's hypocrisy in recent days. He used another June 21 post to rail against "the far left's recent campaign to silence those who dared to question" that "Freedom of speech is one of the core values of the American constitutional system," including "outright attempts to use government force to compel groups of people to be silent before elections."

Sheffield made no mention of the censorship efforts of the person who operates the blog his post is published on: Media Research Center chief Brent Bozell. As we've detailed, Bozell demanded that MSNBC fire hosts who said things he didn't like, and even tried to encourage Congress to interfere with a business deal involving NBC's corporate parent, Comcast, because NBC did something he didn't like -- effectively insisting that Congress use government force to intimidate a private business in service of his personal vendetta against NBC.

If Sheffield is so concerned about "censorship," he should start with his own side. Since he obviously won't, he's nothing but a coward and a hypocrite.

Posted by Terry K. at 2:18 PM EDT

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