Reports exposing Media Matters for taking money to attack religious broadcasters may have hurt thenonprofit's reputation beyond repair, said the president of the National Religious Broadcasters.
"I think you are seeing the beginning of the end of Media Matters," Frank Wright said in a Monday interview with The Christian Post.
News reports exposing the nonprofit for accepting $50,000 in grants to wage attack campaigns on ministry leaders such as Pat Robertson of the Christian Broadcasting Network, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President Albert Mohler and Focus on the Family Chairman Emeritus James Dobson have hurt Media Matters' credibility, Wright said.
"When your credibility is gone, you're gone," he summed.
Media Matters accepted the grants from The Arca Foundation and later produced stories titled, "Is there any tragedy Pat Robertson won't exploit," "Pat Robertson tells Christian viewer named Mohammad to change his name to 'Mo or something'" and "Focus on the Family's Minnery Contradicted himself regarding group's involvement with Abramoff associate Reed in casino scheme," among others.
Wright told CP he knew the nonprofit was targeting and monitoring religious broadcasters long before the Daily Caller broke the story late last week. He said Media Matters was clearly taping CBN shows and exploiting misstatements or slips of the tongue.