Maybe it’s a coincidence? Nah.
Last Thursday Dan Riehl of Big Journalism called out Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers for referencing the liberal Media Matters for America as a source of information. That day, we asked Byers if he’d ever referenced the conservative equivalents to MMFA, such as NewsBusters. He wasn’t able to produce anything of substance.
But then on Friday — one day after Byers received our questions on the issue — he published a post about the heated argument growing between the conservative Media Research Center, a media watchdog, and CNN’s Roland Martin, who some on the right perceive to be liberal. On Saturday came our post on Byers. On Monday Byers highlighted on his blog a tweet Martin sent on Super Bowl Sunday that the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group called “gay bashing.”
Though Byers’ post about the alleged “gay bashing” made no mention of NewsBusters or MRC, it marked a shift in tone. Recently, Byers documented inflammatory remarks made by conservative CNN contributors Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch, but hadn’t written on questionable comments made by liberal journos.