Media Matters: 'Uh, Uh, No,' Hillary Didn't Help Start Us

October 3rd, 2007 8:47 PM

Cat fight on the left? On today's "Tucker," a "Media Matters" representative denied Hillary's claim that she "helped start" the organization.

Welcome back, Tucker. Really.

While Carlson was away, guest host David Shuster sullied Tucker's name-sake show with the tasteless "gotcha" game he sprang on Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), then compounded matters by leading a liberal love-in.

Tucker's been back in the saddle for a couple days, and this evening took on Wesley Clark and later a representative of Media Matters.

Speaking with Paul Waldman, Senior Fellow and Director of Special Projects of "Media Matters," Carlson displayed the graphic shown here, in which Hillary Clinton stated that she had "helped start" Media Matters. Under close questioning by Carlson, Waldman wound up contradicting Hillary's claim.

View video here.

CARLSON: So Hillary Clinton helped to start, and supports, Media Matters. It's a political organization, then.

Waldman gave a non-response response, discussing the history of how ex-conservative David Brock started the organization.

CARLSON: But what does this mean? What does Hillary Clinton mean that she "helped start" Media Matters?

WALDMAN: Well, I think she's supportive of what we do, and a lot of people have encouraged us.

CARLSON: Did she help start it?

WALDMAN [pictured in the midst of this moment]: Uh, uh, no. I think she's been somebody who encouraged it and was supportive like a lot of progressives.

"Uh, uh, no"? Did Media Matters just dispute Hillary's veracity?

Earlier, Carlson called out former General Wesley Clark [who did have the coolest job title in the western world, "Supreme Allied Commander Europe"] on his bizarre claim that Rush Limbaugh was seeking to "censor" our service people when it is Clark who is seeking to censor Rush.

TUCKER CARLSON: Here's part of what you wrote on the Huffington Post [see "Take Rush Limbaugh Off Armed Forces Radio".] Here's what you wrote: "Since Rush Limbaugh won't listen to us, we're going directly to Congress, which can prevent him from disrespecting and censoring the voices of our soldiers." Now with all respect, that's almost Orwellian. You're accusing him of censorship, and at the same time attempting to censor him by taking him off the air.

WESLEY CLARK: Well, I think he's crossed the line, Tucker.

As Tucker subsequently said, in so many words: who died and made Wesley Clark keeper of "the line"?

In any case: who's not telling the truth? Hillary when she claimed she "helped start" Media Matters, or the left-wing outfit when it says, "uh, uh, no" she didn't?