The Source of Sourcewatch

Source:  Wattsup
Poptech says:
February 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

@Patrick Davis

I take it you are new to all this as Sourcewatch is not a reliable resource,

Sourcewatch (Discover the Networks)

A project of the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), […]

These ?exposes,? which tend to be critical of their subjects, deal predominantly with conservative entities? […]

As with the online reference Wikipedia, the contents of SourceWatch are written and edited by ordinary Web users. Says SourceWatch: ?You don?t need any special credentials to participate ? we shun credentialism along with other propaganda techniques.? While stating that it seeks to maintain fairness in the profiles and articles appearing on its website, SourceWatch does acknowledge that ?ignoring systemic bias and claiming objectivity is itself one of many well-known propaganda techniques.? […]

?The perspectives are mostly leftist; the entries rely heavily on leftist and far-leftist sources.

Center for Media and Democracy (Discover the Networks)

An anti-capitalist, anti-corporate organization that seeks to expose right-wing ?public relations spin and propaganda?.

In CMD?s view, capitalism generally, and corporations in particular, are the principal root causes of societal ills in the U.S. and abroad. The Capital Research Center, which rates the ideological leanings of nonprofit organizations, places CMD near the extreme far left of the spectrum. The website ActivistCash, which provides ?information about the funding source[s] of radical anti-consumer organizations and activists,? characterizes CMD as ?a counterculture public relations effort disguised as an independent media organization.? […]

CMD was founded by the leftist writer and environmental activist John Stauber, who continues to serve as the Center?s Executive Director. Stauber began his activism in high school when he organized anti-Vietnam War protests and early Earth Day events. The co-author (with SourceWatch founder Sheldon Rampton) of six books, Stauber created the now-defunct website He is also an unpaid advisor to several organizations, including the Action Coalition for Media Education, the Center for Food Safety, the Liberty Tree Foundation, the Media Education Foundation, and the Organic Consumers Association.

The aforementioned Sheldon Rampton currently serves as CMD?s Research Director. A graduate of Princeton University, Rampton was formerly an outreach coordinator for the Wisconsin Coordinating Council on Nicaragua, a group established in 1984 to oppose President Reagan?s efforts to stop the spread of Communism in Central America, and currently dedicated to promoting a leftist vision of ?social justice in Nicaragua through alternative models of development and activism.?

An April 2001 commentary in the liberal publication Village Voice said of Rampton and Stauber: ?These guys come from the far side of liberal.?

People need to look farther then their first Google result.