TruthRevolt

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Truthrevolt.org
Web address http://truthrevolt.org
Type of site Politics, conservative news and opinion
Available language(s) English
Created by Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz
Editor Ben Shapiro[1]
Launched October 7, 2013
Current status Active

Truthrevolt.org is a politically conservative media watchdog and activist group founded as a counterpoint to its left-leaning rival, Media Matters for America, by conservative commentators Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.[2] The site's mission page states its goals are to "unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases."[3]

Launch[edit]

The site launched October 7, 2013 and received fairly positive press from Breitbart.com[4] and The Daily Beast.[5]

USA Today[6] and conservative news outlet The Daily Caller[7] criticized both Truth Revolt and Media Matters for sponsoring boycotts, arguing that such tactics silence free speech. In an article titled "Mutually Assured Destruction",[8] Truth Revolt responded to critics stating their tactics are "distasteful", but also "effective", and "the surest way to stop these distasteful tactics is to make sure that both sides pay equally for their use. The little-told truth of Mutually Assured Destruction is that it works, and that it has kept the peace between major powers for sixty years."

Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly also gave mention to the site during an interview with Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro on October 15, 2013 just one week after its launch.[9]

Features[edit]

Articles[edit]

The homepage primarily features articles set on exposing liberal bias in the media from sources such as: CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, and print publications like the New York Times.[10] Though opinionated, the site typically avoids heavy political commentary.

In November 2013, when reports indicated mainstream media outlets were ignoring stories of the violent knockout game in Crown Heights, New York because African-American youths were racially targeting Jews and Caucasians as part of a hate-crime,[11] TruthRevolt wrote a piece highlighting that CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, and MSNBC all had made virtually no mention of the knockout game with exception to CNN's New Day who ran a brief two-minute segment about the attacks, but did not mention the suspects' race, referring to them as "kids", "juveniles", and "teens." They also did not mention the anti-semitic motives behind the attacks and NYPD's labeling them a potential hate-crime.[12] BigJournalism.com duplicated the article, which was shortly referenced by Andrea Tantaros on Fox News' The Five.[13][14]

Activism[edit]

Aside from monitoring media bias, the site also allows readers to volunteer in a group known as Special Ops where people are encouraged to contact advertisers and media executives to protest biased and vitriolic rhetoric in the media.[15]

On October 22, 2013 when CNBC's Squawk Box showed a picture of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), senior economics reporter Steve Liesman said “There he is! There he is! Can we get some music to go along with that, some Mexican music maybe?”[16]

Since Ted Cruz was of Cuban descent, the remarks were construed as racist and stereotypical. TruthRevolt then immediately launched a twitter campaign with the hashtag #StopRacismAgainstCruz urging Liesman to apologize for his comments,[17] which he did one day later on the CNBC website.[18][19]

On November 15, 2013 MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir chastised Sarah Palin on his program for comparing the federal debt to slavery by referencing the slave overseer Thomas Thistlewood who administered a punishment called "Derby's Dose" where slaves were forced to urinate and defecate into each other's mouth. Bashir then concluded by saying "When Mrs. Palin invokes slavery, she doesn’t just prove her rank ignorance. She confirms if anyone truly qualified for a dose of discipline from Thomas Thistlewood, she would be the outstanding candidate."[20]

Despite Bashir's apology on November 18, TruthRevolt issued a petition on its site requesting companies stop advertising on Martin Bashir's program and urged readers to contact advertisers with complaints.[21]

On December 4, after being suspended by the network, Bashir resigned from MSNBC.

An article in the Daily Beast on December 5 referenced the TruthRevolt campaign to remove Martin Bashir. Editor-in-Chief Ben Shapiro was quoted saying, "Leftist hosts have made statements like this before, but they were rarely held accountable. That's what TruthRevolt does.”[22]

Since the site launched, TruthRevolt has also issued a petition urging advertisers to drop business with Al Sharpton on MSNBC, primarily Ritz Crackers. They past 10,000 signatures on November 4, 2013.[23][24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lee, Tony (2013-10-07). "Ben Shapiro: TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'". Breitbart.com. Retrieved 2013-12-06. 
  2. ^ "Breitbart Editor-at-Large Shapiro to Launch Anti-Media Matters Counterpunch with David Horowitz"
  3. ^ Truth Revolt Mission Page
  4. ^ "Ben Shapiro: TruthRevolt Will Make MSM 'Pay' for Lies, Change 'Nature of Media'
  5. ^ "Al Sharpton, ‘PoliticsNation’ Advertisers Targeted in New Boycott"
  6. ^ "Truth Revolt vs. Media Matters: Column"
  7. ^ "Ben Shapiro, conservative activists shamefully boycott Nabisco over Sharpton ad"
  8. ^ "Mutually Assured Destruction: USA Today Attacks TruthRevolt and Media Matters"
  9. ^ "Fox News interview with Megyn Kelly and Ben Shapiro"
  10. ^ "TruthRevolt homepage"
  11. ^ "Thugs target Jews in sick ‘knockout’ game"
  12. ^ "CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC Ignore Blacks Targeting Whites and Jews in 'Knockout Game'"
  13. ^ "CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC Primetime Ignore 'Knockout Game'"
  14. ^ "Andrea Tantaros references TruthRevolt Article on The Five"
  15. ^ "TruthRevolt volunteer page"
  16. ^ "CNBC's Liesman: Can We Get 'Mexican Music' for Ted Cruz?"
  17. ^ "TruthRevolt Readers Help Drive Liesman to Apologize with Hashtag '#StopRacismAgainstCruz'"
  18. ^ " An apology from Steve Liesman"
  19. ^ "CNBC's Liesman Issues Apology for 'Mexican Music' Slur"
  20. ^ "Martin Bashir says Sarah Palin is an 'idiot' and suggests someone should defecate in her mouth"
  21. ^ "TruthRevolt Petition to Remove Martin Bashir"
  22. ^ "Weeks After Taking a Leave of Absence for Insulting Sarah Palin, Martin Bashir Quits his MSNBC Show"
  23. ^ "Tell Advertisers to Stop Backing Al Sharpton"
  24. ^ "Al Sharpton Petition Crosses 10,000 Signature Milestone"

External links[edit]

Official website