Media Matters for America, the progressive media-watchdog group, has upped Angelo Carusone to president. Carusone, who had been executive vice president, replaces Bradley Beychok, who moves to a new role as senior adviser and chief of staff to Media Matters founder David Brock. Carusone also served as the deputy CEO, finance and administration, for the 2016 Democratic National Convention Committee.
Carusone’s appointment comes with a bit of a shift in mission for the organization, which describes its role as “systematically monitoring a cross section of print, broadcast, cable, radio, and Internet media outlets for conservative misinformation,” particularly Fox News. The focus now will be on the “value of journalism” and in identifying, tracking, sourcing and countering the spread of conspiracy theories, false stories and other incarnations of fake news. To aid in that effort, the organization will be building in-house technology to assist in misinformation-location.
“We have to think about how we’re getting bigger and louder, not just misinformation but all out propaganda. That’s a role that’s very different than in the past,” Carusone told Politico. Concurrent with that change in mission will be an effort to expand its audience. “We’ve not tried to mobilize massive amounts of people or develop a larger following. But it’s going to have to be a part of what we’re doing.”