It appears I relied on outdated information in writing on June 5 that the Center for Independent Media and Media Matters for America shared office space in Washington, D.C. as of that date.
Paul Schmelzer of the Center for Independent Media’s Minnesota outfit, the Minnesota Independent, explains that CIM used to rent office space from Media Matters but no longer does so. Although there is an extensive (electronic) paper trail showing the two groups sharing the same address, I am told that information is outdated and given Schmelzer’s explanation this seems like a credible explanation to me, hence this correction. To put not too fine a point on it, the Center for Independent Media did not lie when it said it was not at that time sharing office space with Media Matters.
However, for the many reasons I provided previously, I continue to believe that the two legally separate organizations have significant ties.
An important distinction between the two is that the Center for Independent Media is the (nonprofit) parent company of several legitimate media outlets but Media Matters, which was founded and is now headed by serial liar David Brock, is the journalistic equivalent of a roving, extremely well-funded death squad. Media Matters tolerates no dissent in the media from the progressive line, but the Center seems more, well, independent.