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50 for 50 Day 43: Media Matters for America

June 29, 2011

It’s my 50th Birthday Celebration, Day 43 Here’s the scoop: because I feel so lucky and have pretty much everything I could ever need, I am asking people to get involved with charities, if they are so inspired, in lieu of any fabulous birthday presents you were planning on sending me (or not).

I am featuring a different charity every day for 50 days leading up to my 50th birthday to give you plenty of chances to get involved. I started on May 18. I wanted to give a voice to different good works around the globe. If you ARE inspired to take action, please leave me a comment and let me know that you did. This is all I want for my birthday – to spread some love and kindness. One thousand thanks.

Newzeum, Washington DC

At last we get to an unabashedly liberal organization, Media Matters for America. If you know me at all, you’re probably wondering what took so long. I wanted to try and feature organizations that would appeal to almost everyone, but we’re in the last days of this thing and it is MY birthday, so you get a bit of progressive politics from me.

Media Matters spends a lot of time fighting the constant barrage of lies from Fox “News,” and Fox returns the favor by spending a lot of time tearing down Media Matters and trying to make people think it is the worst thing since the Red Guard. You might think they’d spend their time proving they are telling the truth instead.

I think Fox “News” is bad for our country. I think it isn’t news as much as it is a mouthpiece of the Republican agenda, and I worry about how much it has damaged the credibility and the tone of news broadcasts. So I’m all for the work Media Matters does. Long may they wave.

From their website:
Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Launched in May 2004, Media Matters for America put in place, for the first time, the means to systematically monitor a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation — news or commentary that is not accurate, reliable, or credible and that forwards the conservative agenda — every day, in real time.

Using the website as the principal vehicle for disseminating research and information, Media Matters posts rapid-response items as well as longer research and analytic reports documenting conservative misinformation throughout the media. Additionally, Media Matters works daily to notify activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media institutions.

Donate here.

Previously featured organizations:
Boys and Girls Club
Your Local Food Bank
Girls for a Change
Operation Smile
Wheels for Humanity
National Security Archive
Books for Africa
Seed Savers Exchange
MAP International
The Fresh Air Fund
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Impact Personal Safety
Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Light Up the World Foundation
Planned Parenthood
Doctors Without Borders
Heifer International
Team Rubicon
The Carter Center
Bikes Not Bombs
Friends of Maddie
Surfrider Foundation
United Through Reading
Operation Shower
The Liz Logelin Foundation
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Kids Vs Global Warming
Help a Mother Out
Direct Relief International
Accelerated Cure for Multiple Sclerosis
Women for Women
Epic Change
Amnesty International

  1. anonymous permalink
    June 29, 2011 06:15

    Happy birthday.

  2. June 29, 2011 20:27

    I really love Media Matters. Have made donations when I can. Hope others will also support them.

    • June 29, 2011 20:30

      Oh look, here’s that “I” that I dropped up there in my previous comment!

      Also, does the 43rd day of your 50th b-day mean your birthday was actually 43 days ago? If so, happy belated b-day🙂

    • June 29, 2011 21:56

      Yay Izzy. You may have given me the idea. I’m not sure. These inspirations come from everywhere.

  3. June 29, 2011 20:30

    Oh wait, I get it. Your birthday is coming up. DUH! Okay, then happy EARLY birthday!

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