by Steve Jimenez
Media Matters recently published another smearing of me and my work, this one under the title, “The GuardianPromotes Discredited, Debunked Book About Matthew Shepard’s Murder.” By repeatedly suggesting in 10 purported “research” articles that The Book of Matt: Hidden Truths About the Murder of Matthew Shepard has been “discredited” and “debunked,” Media Matters, a self-styled misinformation watchdog, is spreading libel. The article to which Media Matters refers, by the way, appeared in The Observer, not The Guardian. The Observer is a separate, Sundays-only newspaper purchased in 1993 by the Guardian Media Group. Media Matters’ mistake is not surprising for an outfit that disseminates “rapid response items” backed up primarily by information its “researchers” find by trolling online.