By: Joe Strupp
Media Matters for America, a progressive Web site that monitors what it deems “conservative misinformation” is opening a local outlet in Colorado aimed at reporting on and exposing such activities specifically in that state, the group revealed in a press release Monday.
“Like the national program, Colorado Media Matters will monitor, analyze, and correct conservative misinformation using its Web site as the primary vehicle for distributing research and analysis,” the organization stated in its release. “Colorado Media Matters will monitor Colorado newspapers, television, radio and websites. It is managed and staffed by Coloradans trained in the proven methods developed by Media Matters for America.’
Among those staffers will be Bill Menezes, a longtime Colorado newsman whose career included reporting and editorial management posts at The Associated Press, Rocky Mountain News, The Denver Post and several Colorado-based business magazines published by Reed Business Information, including Wireless Week and Broadband Week.
“Americans get much of their news from local media, but to our knowledge there is no systematic monitoring of local outlets. Local media consumers deserve to have confidence in the sources of their information,” Menezes, who serves as editorial director for Colorado Media Matters, said in the release. “Our work is intended to help Colorado media deliver accurate and reliable information, and diverse views – and to hold them accountable when they fail to do so.”
Media Matters for America launched in 2004 and claims to have some 5,000 items documenting “conservative misinformation in the national media.”