David Brock (born July 23, 1962) is an American liberal political
operative, author, and commentator who founded the media watchdog
group Media Matters for America. He has been described by Time as
"one of the most influential operatives in the Democratic Party" while
others believe his tactics led to Hillary Clinton's defeat in the 2016
Brock, who began his career as a right-wing investigative reporter
during the 1990s, wrote the book
The Real Anita Hill
The Real Anita Hill and the
Troopergate story, which led to
Paula Jones filing a lawsuit against
Bill Clinton. In the late 1990s, he switched sides, aligning himself
with the Democratic Party and, in particular, with Bill and Hillary
In 2004, he founded Media Matters for America, a non-profit
organization which describes itself as a "progressive research and
information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing
and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media." He
has since also founded super PACs called American Bridge 21st Century
and Correct the Record, has become a board member of the super PAC
Priorities USA Action, and has been elected chairman of Citizens for
Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
The Nation has described Brock as a "conservative journalistic
assassin turned progressive empire-builder", while National Review
has called him a "right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin",
Politico has profiled him as a "former right-wing
1 Early life and education
2.1 Conservative journalism
2.2 The Real Anita Hill
2.4 The Seduction of Hillary Rodham
3 Changing sides
3.1 Blinded by the Right
3.2 The Republican Noise Machine
4 Political operative career
4.1 Media Matters for America
4.2 Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign
4.3 American Bridge 21st Century
4.4 Correct the Record
4.5 Priorities USA Action
4.6 The American Democracy Legal Fund
4.7 American Independent Institute
4.9 Killing the Messenger
4.10 Purchase of Blue Nation Review
4.11 Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign
4.12 Activism to bring forth sexual assault allegations
5 Personal life
6.1 Potential legal conflicts
6.2 Comments about Brock
9 External links
Early life and education
Brock was born in Washington, D.C., and was adopted by Dorothea and
Raymond Brock. He has a younger sister, Regina. Brock was raised
Catholic. His father, whom Brock has described as "a Pat Buchanan
conservative", was a marketing executive.
Born in Hackensack, Brock grew up in nearby Wood-Ridge, where he
went to Our Lady of the Assumption School, and later attended
Paramus Catholic High School
Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey. During his
sophomore year of high school, Brock's family moved to the Dallas,
Texas, area where Brock attended Newman Smith High School. Brock
became editor of his high school newspaper, which he says he
"fashioned into a crusading liberal weekly in the middle of the
Brock attended the University of California, Berkeley, where he worked
as a reporter and editor for The Daily Californian, the campus
newspaper. Brock arrived at college as a liberal Democrat, but at
Berkeley he was "repelled by the culture of doctrinaire leftism" and
turned to the political right. The turning point came with a column
supporting the US invasion of Grenada that he wrote for The Daily
Californian and that led to demands he resign from the newspaper
staff. "I thought it was McCarthyism of the left," Brock later said.
"I thought it was extremely intolerant." He then founded a
neoconservative weekly, the Berkeley Journal.
He graduated from Berkeley with a B.A. in history in 1985.
While he was at Berkeley, Brock contributed an op-ed to The Wall
Street Journal entitled "Combating Those Campus Marxists". It drew the
attention of John Podhoretz, who at the time was the editor of
Insight, a weekly newsmagazine published by The Washington Times.
Podhoretz flew Brock to Washington, D.C., for an interview and hired
him as a writer of the weekly conservative news magazine Insight on
the News, a sister publication of The Washington Times, a job Brock
took up in 1986.
After working at Insight, Brock spent some time as a fellow at The
The Real Anita Hill
Main article: The Real Anita Hill
In March 1992, in a 17,000-word article for The American Spectator,
Brock challenged the claims of Anita Hill, who had accused Clarence
Thomas of sexual harassment. Shortly thereafter Brock became a
full-time staff member at that publication. In 1993, Brock expanded
his article into a book, The Real Anita Hill. Brock's description of
Hill in the book as "a bit nutty and a bit slutty" was widely
The book became a best-seller. It was later attacked in a book review
The New Yorker
The New Yorker by Jane Mayer, a reporter for The New Yorker, and
Jill Abramson, who was at that time a reporter for The Wall Street
Journal. The two later expanded their article into the book Strange
Justice, which cast
Anita Hill in a much more sympathetic light. It,
too, was a best-seller. Brock replied to their book with a book review
of his own in The American Spectator.
Main article: Troopergate (Bill Clinton)
In a January 1994
The American Spectator
The American Spectator story about Bill Clinton's
time as governor of Arkansas, Brock, by then on staff at the magazine,
made accusations that bred Troopergate. Among other things, the
story contained the first printed reference to Paula Jones, referring
to a woman named "Paula" who state troopers said offered to be
Clinton's partner. Jones called Brock's account of her encounter
with Clinton "totally wrong", and she later sued Clinton for sexual
harassment, a case that became entangled in the independent counsel's
investigation of the Whitewater controversy, and set in motion a
series of developments that led to the exposure of Clinton's affair
Monica Lewinsky and, ultimately, to Clinton's impeachment
trial. The story received an award later that year from Joseph
Journalism Center, and was partially responsible for a
rise in the magazine's circulation.
The Seduction of Hillary Rodham
Main article: The Seduction of Hillary Rodham
After the success of The Real Anita Hill, Simon & Schuster's
then-conservative-focused Free Press susidiary paid Brock a large
advance to write a book about Hillary Clinton. The expectation was
that it would be a takedown in the style of his writings on Anita Hill
and Bill Clinton. The project, however, took a different turn, and the
resulting book, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, proved to be largely
sympathetic to Mrs. Clinton. Given the large advance and tight
one-year deadline by Free Press, Brock was under tremendous pressure
to produce another bestseller. However, the book contained no major
Blinded by the Right
Blinded by the Right (2002), Brock said that he had reached
a turning point: he had thoroughly examined charges against the
Clintons, could not find any evidence of wrongdoing and did not want
to make any more misleading claims. Brock further said that his former
friends in right-wing politics shunned him because Seduction did not
adequately attack the Clintons.
National Review proposed another
theory: since "no liberal source in the world would talk to Brock", he
could not collect the kind of information he was after. National
Review also suggested that while writing the book, Brock had been
"seduced" by Sidney Blumenthal, a champion and friend of the Clinton
When the book came out, it was widely criticized for not breaking any
new ground. John Balzar, reviewing the book in the Los Angeles Times,
called it "[e]xhaustive to the point of exhaustion" and "predictably
critical but unexpectedly measured, at least in comparison to what
Beltway gossips anticipated". James B. Stewart, reviewing the book
in The New York Times, said that Brock had "tried to do his subject
justice in the broadest sense" but added that "[a]t times he goes too
far," often "echo[ing] her apologists" and "dismiss[ing] or
rationaliz[ing] the sometimes powerful evidence that Hillary Rodham
Clinton has lied...by invoking a relativism rooted in Republican
Sales of the book were dismal. A deal to excerpt it in
through because the newsmagazine's editors decided that it contained
nothing new or exciting. The publisher lost millions of dollars and
Brock's editor, Adam Bellow, was fired.
In July 1997, Esquire magazine published a confessional piece by Brock
entitled "Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man" in which he recanted
much of what he said in his two best-known American Spectator articles
and criticized his own reporting methods. Discouraged at the
Hillary Clinton biography received, he said, "I ... want
David Brock the Road Warrior of the Right is dead." Four months
The American Spectator
The American Spectator declined to renew his employment
contract, under which he was being paid over $300,000 per year.
Writing again for Esquire in April 1998, Brock apologized to Clinton
for his muckraking journalism about Troopergate.
In 2001, Brock accused one of his former sources, Terry Wooten, of
leaking FBI files for use in his book about Anita Hill. Brock defended
his betrayal of a confidential source by saying, "I've concluded that
what I was involved in wasn't journalism, it was a political
operation, and I was part of it.... So I don't think the normal rules
of journalism would apply to what I was doing".
Blinded by the Right
Main article: Blinded by the Right
Brock's book Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an
Ex-Conservative was published in 2002. In this book, an "outgrowth" of
Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man, Brock charted what the Daily
Beast called his "remarkable metamorphosis to ardent acolyte from
sworn enemy of Bill and Hillary Clinton." Brock apologized for his
attacks on the Clintons and
Anita Hill and claimed that he had now
risen above character assassination. He wrote that he had been "a mad
dog, an emotional monster," "a whore for the cash," "a Jew in
Hitler’s army," and "a witting cog in the Republican sleaze
machine," and asserted that he hadn't known "what good reporting
Many critics responded with skepticism to Brock's claim to have
reformed himself. The reviewer for
The Washington Post
The Washington Post wrote that
Brock "quotes the worst things critics said about him, and agrees with
every word". Christopher Hitchens, in The Nation, called Brock's
book "an exercise in self-love, disguised as an exercise in
self-abnegation," and declared that Brock was failing to state the
truth. These and other critics noted that Brock, while claiming to
feel remorse for his attacks on the Clintons and professing to have
put personal assaults behind him, now seemed as eager to go after
targets on the right as he had once gone after targets on the left.
Hitchens responded with disgust, for example, to Brock's "coarse
attack" in the book on Juanita Broaddrick, who had accused Bill
Clinton of rape. Hitchens was particularly harsh, stating that Brock
"inserts a completely gratuitous slander against a decent woman, all
of whose independent assertions have survived meticulous
Many readers on the left, however, greeted the book with enthusiasm,
and eagerly welcomed Brock. This was especially true of the Clintons.
Shortly after the book's publication,
Bill Clinton phoned Brock at
home and praised it lavishly. Later, according to Politico, "Brock was
invited to the former president's
Harlem office where he was shocked
to discover Clinton had purchased dozens of copies — and stuffed
them into a big cabinet". Clinton, it turned out, was mailing them to
friends across the country. Clinton "insisted" that Brock contact
his speaking agent and give talks around the country attacking
conservatives. According to The Nation, Democratic donors "loved
Brock's conversion story, particularly since he’d been inside the
machine they hoped to replicate." Brock's book is seen as having
propelled him into a favorable position among the Democratic Party
The Republican Noise Machine
Main article: The Republican Noise Machine
Brock directly addressed the right-wing "machine" in his 2004 book,
The Republican Noise Machine, in which he detailed an alleged
interconnected, concerted effort to raise the profile of conservative
opinions in the press through false accusations of liberal media bias,
dishonest and highly partisan columnists, partisan news organizations
and academic studies, and other methods.
Publishers Weekly described it as a "blistering j'accuse" that,
compared to Blinded by the Right, was "a less gossipy and more
systematic assault on the right-wing media juggernaut." Brock,
according to PW, depicted the mainstream media as being "cowed by
spurious charges of 'liberal bias'" and as therefore having "abandoned
their role as objective arbiters of truth in favor of an uncritical
airing of partisan ideology in the name of 'balance.'" PW stated that
Brock could not "be accused of nonpartisanship."
Also in 2004, he featured briefly in the
BBC series The Power of
Nightmares, where he stated that the
Arkansas Project engaged in
Political operative career
Media Matters for America
Main article: Media Matters for America
In 2004, Brock founded the progressive media watchdog group Media
Matters for America (MMA) which describes itself as being “dedicated
to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative
misinformation in the U.S. media.” Brock said that he founded
the organization to combat the conservative journalism sector that he
had once been a part of. He founded the group with help from the
Center for American Progress. Initial donors included Leo Hindery,
Susie Tompkins Buell, and James Hormel. Media Matters is known for
its aggressive criticism of conservative journalists and media
outlets, including its "War on Fox News." The New York Times, in a
2008 profile, called MMA "a highly partisan research organization" and
quoted Democratic operative
James Carville as saying that MMA was
"more effective than any single entity" on the left. Pollster Frank
Luntz called MMA "one of the most destructive organizations associated
with American politics today." In a 2011 interview with Politico,
Brock vowed to wage "guerrilla warfare and sabotage" against Fox
When Brock proposed the idea of Media Matters,
Hillary Clinton invited
him to the Clintons' Chappaqua home to pitch the idea to potential
donors. MMA, according to a 2015 article in The Daily Beast,
"operates from a posh Washington office space with a
multi-million-dollar budget and nearly 100 employees." In 2014, The
Nation stated that "Brock, in partnership with fundraiser Mary Pat
Bonner—often described as his secret weapon—has turned out to be
unparalleled at maintaining rich liberals' loyalty and support." An
The Nation that Brock and Bonner "are probably the most
effective major-individual-donor fundraising team ever assembled in
the independent-expenditure progressive world."
It was reported in June 2015 that when the House Select Committee on
Benghazi questioned Sidney Blumenthal, committee members asked no
fewer than 45 questions about Brock and Media Matters. The
committee was reportedly interested in Sidney Blumenthal's paid work
for Brock's nonprofits, and in the question of "whether Blumenthal and
Brock did anything improper as they helped Clinton manage the
political fallout from the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, while she was
secretary of State."
Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign
Brock was active in Hillary Clinton's campaign for the presidency in
American Bridge 21st Century
Main article: American Bridge 21st Century
Brock announced in 2010 that he was forming a Super PAC, American
Bridge 21st Century, to help elect liberal Democrats, starting with
the 2012 election cycle. In 2011, Brock founded the PAC, which
seeks "to track every utterance of every major GOP candidate." The Los
Angeles Times described him as having "reinvented the art of
opposition research." The group's work reportedly "did so much damage
to Republicans in the 2012 elections" that they sought to replicate
In describing Brock's intentions for the super-PAC, The New York Times
referred to Brock as a "prominent Democratic political
operative" and New York Magazine referred to Brock's
The group, whose donors include George Soros, has more than 80
staffers. It has researchers based in Washington, D.C., plus "a
national network of professional trackers" who follow the moves and
statements of every conceivable contender for the Republican
The Nation has described American Bridge as "the
natural next step" after MMA, explaining that "Brock took the Media
Matters method—which involves monitoring virtually every word
uttered by the right-wing media—and transferred it to the realm of
Republican politicians." Democratic operative
Paul Begala told The
Nation that in 2012 American Bridge "produced for us a 950-page book
of every business deal of Mitt Romney's career. We spent something
like $65 million [in the 2012 election], and I believe every single ad
was in some ways informed by Brock’s research."
Correct the Record
Main article: Correct the Record
In late 2013 Brock founded Correct the Record, described by The New
York Times as Hillary Clinton's "own personal media watchdog," keeping
track of all negative news surrounding her. Brock had first come
up with the idea for the group that summer. "Having left the State
Department," he said, "Clinton didn't have the kind of robust
operation that one would have if one was holding public office. That's
where I saw the need." The organization, whose staff "is crammed into
a newsroom-style bullpen in the back corner of the offices of American
Bridge 21st Century," "keeps constant watch for any conceivable
attacks against her, and then aggressively beats them back before they
In September 2015, Brock and
Correct the Record produced a piece on
Bernie Sanders, linking him to
Hugo Chavez and British Labour Party
leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Priorities USA Action
Main article: Priorities USA Action
In early 2014, Brock was named to the board of Priorities USA Action
as the super PAC also announced its support for a possible Hillary
Clinton presidential run in 2016. In February 2015, Brock abruptly
resigned his position with the super PAC. In his resignation
letter, he accused Priorities officials of conducting "an orchestrated
political hit job" against MMA and American Bridge. The New York Times
had run an article questioning his groups' fundraising practices, and
he charged that "current and former Priorities officials were behind
this specious and malicious attack on the integrity of these critical
organizations." His resignation “set off panic among
influential Democrats,” because his other groups' research
“provides the foundation for the multimillion-dollar advertising
campaigns created with Priorities cash” and because “key
Priorities donors have long-standing personal ties with him.” Brock
was persuaded to return to Priorities later in 2015.
The American Democracy Legal Fund
Brock also founded and runs the American Democracy Legal Fund, a
nonprofit that has been accused of existing solely to create “a
steady stream of lawsuits accusing Republicans of ethics and campaign
American Independent Institute
Main article: American Independent Institute
In 2014, Brock relaunched the American Independent News Network,
formerly a network of progressive state-based reporting outlets, into
the American Independent Institute, a group which provides grants for
liberal investigative journalism projects. Brock serves as the group's
president. The Institute finances journalists "investigating
rightwing activities." In 2014, it gave $320,000 in grants "to
reporters investigating right-wing misdeeds."
Main article: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
In 2014, Brock became the chairman of the Citizens for Responsibility
and Ethics in Washington board of directors, in what was characterized
as a more explicitly partisan stance for the organization. Brock
was elected as CREW's board president after laying out a broad plan to
turn the organization into a more muscular and partisan organization.
Politico described this as “a major power play that aligns liberal
muscle more fully behind the Democratic Party — and Hillary
Clinton” and said that Brock had set forth a plan "to turn the group
into a more muscular — and likely partisan — attack dog."
While CREW operates as a 501(c)3 nonprofit prohibited from engaging in
partisan activity, Brock made clear he intends to create a more
politically oriented arm registered under section 501(c)4, and also
form a new overtly partisan watchdog group called The American
Democracy Legal Fund registered under section 527, allowing it to
engage in direct political activity. Along with Brock's election,
consultant David Mercer and investor Wayne Jordan joined CREW's board
of directors. When asked if CREW would still continue pursuing
complaints against Democrats, Brock responded, "No party has a
monopoly on corruption and at this early juncture, we are not making
categorical statements about anything that we will and won't do.
Having said that, our experience has been that the vast amount of
violations of the public trust can be found on the conservative side
of the aisle."
Killing the Messenger
In his 2015 book Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail
Hillary Clinton and Hijack Your Government, Brock described "how the
Clintons quickly switched from prey to patrons, setting him on his
current path as a fundraiser and progressive provocateur." In the
book, Brock accused
The New York Times
The New York Times of being a “megaphone for
conservative propaganda” directed inordinately at Clinton. He was
particularly critical of the Times's senior politics editor and former
Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan. At the same time, in the words
of Politico, he depicted Bill and
Hillary Clinton "as personal and
Calling the book a "trenchant j'accuse,"
Publishers Weekly said that
parts of it "read like a fund-raising prospectus" for MMA but
concluded that while "Brock's rhetorical venom and naked partisanship
will alienate some readers ... his sharp-eyed reporting makes for a
spirited challenge to business-as-usual political discourse." The
Daily Beast described the book as “partly a sanitized summary of
Brock’s already exhaustively-chronicled personal history, partly an
attack on the journalism establishment, and partly a call to arms on
behalf of his favorite presidential candidate.”
Hanna Rosin wrote that it reads like "pages that bullet-point
Hillary's accomplishments as secretary of state or the achievements of
the Clinton Foundation." Rosin alleged that the book attempted to
whitewash any criticisms surrounding the Clintons. Rosin stated: "So
dogged is Brock's devotion to Hillary that it often gets in the way of
his being credible, not to mention interesting."
Responding to Brock's criticism of The New York Times, Eileen Murphy,
a spokeswoman for the newspaper, told CNN: "
David Brock is an
opportunist and a partisan who specializes in personal attacks."
Murphy complained that Brock's "partisanship has led him to lash out
at some of our aggressive coverage of important political figures and
it's unsurprising that he has now turned personal."
In October 2015, Brock gave a presentation at Georgetown University
entitled "Is the Mainstream Media in Cahoots with Conservatives?".
Purchase of Blue Nation Review
In 2015, Brock formed an investment venture, True Blue Media, to
purchase an 80 percent stake in Blue Nation Review, an online news
website. Blue Nation Review was later re-branded as Shareblue.
Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times has described Brock as “integral to Hillary's
run” for the presidency in 2016. A March 6, 2015, article in
National Review noted that while other “Democratic kingmakers”
were “in retreat” in the wake of the news that
Hillary Clinton had
“used a private e-mail account on a private server to avoid public
scrutiny while secretary of state,” Brock remained fiercely
loyal. Appearing on MSNBC’s Morning Joe in 2015, Brock insisted
that Clinton had violated no rules by using a private email server.
It was reported on September 1, 2015, that a batch of Hillary
Clinton's emails that had been made public included one from Brock
entitled "Memo on Impeaching Clarence Thomas." In the memo, Brock
discussed possible ways of trying to bring down the Supreme Court
justice whose cause he had championed in The Real Anita Hill.
Politico reported in January 2016 that Brock was preparing a new
advertisement that would call on presidential candidate Bernie Sanders
"to release his medical records before the Iowa caucuses on Feb. 1."
Brock was subjected to a storm of criticism for this plan, and only
hours after Politico's report, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta
scolded Brock on Twitter.
Later in January, Brock responded to a Sanders campaign ad by telling
the Associated Press: "From this ad, it seems black lives don’t
matter much to Bernie Sanders," Sanders aides responded by accusing
Brock of "mudslinging." Sanders spokesman Michael Briggs said in a
statement: "Bernie Sanders, as everyone knows, has one of the
strongest civil rights records in Congress. He doesn’t need lectures
on civil rights and racial issues from David Brock, the head of a
Hillary Clinton Super Pac." Briggs added: "Twenty-five years ago it
was Brock – a mud-slinging, right-wing extremist – who tried to
destroy Anita Hill, a distinguished African American law professor. He
later was forced to apologize for his lies about her. Today, he is
lying about Sen Sanders. It's bad enough that
Hillary Clinton is
raising millions in special-interest money in her Super Pacs. It is
worse that she would hire a mudslinger like David Brock."
At a campaign event in Iowa in late January 2016, Bernie Sanders
denied any plans to "bus in out-of-state college students to caucus
for him," charging that this was a lie and attributing it to
It was reported on February 1, 2016, that Brock was still drawing a
salary from American Bridge 21st Century, which was legally prohibited
from coordinating with the Clinton campaign, while also drawing a
salary from Correct the Record, which was "directly working with the
Clinton campaign on Internet-based pushback against the controversies
that have dogged her presidential bid." This situation was described
as "pushing campaign finance boundaries," with experts saying that
Brock had found loopholes to circumvent campaign finance restrictions.
Robert Maguire of the
Center for Responsive Politics
Center for Responsive Politics suggested that
Brock was "running a shadow campaign" via a network of groups that
Maguire called "the Brocktopus."
On February 8, 2016, after the near-tie in the Iowa caucuses between
Clinton and Sanders, Brock told
Politico that "Senator Sanders is
trying to live in the purity bubble, and it needs to be burst." He
described Sanders's efforts to link Clinton to
Wall Street as an
"artful smear," and, in a reference to the Democratic National
Committee's passing of data to the Sanders campaign the previous
December, said that Clinton "would've been hounded out of the race if
her staff had done what his did, in stealing data and misleading the
press about it, then raising money off it." Clinton's campaign, Brock
insisted, "has stayed remarkably positive in the face of a
relentlessly negative campaign from Sanders." As for Sanders's
platform, Brock maintained that "a unanimous chorus of serious
progressive commentators ... find almost nothing of any substantive
value in his so-called policies."
Activism to bring forth sexual assault allegations
The New York Times
The New York Times reported in December 2017 that a group founded by
Brock had spent $200,000 in an unsuccessful effort to bring forward
accusations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump while he was
campaigning for president. He was reportedly considering doing the
same to congressional Republicans.
Brock was formerly the domestic partner of William Grey; their
relationship ended in a bitter, three-year-long legal battle in which
"Brock and Grey traded angry accusations, ... replete with charges of
blackmail, theft and financial malfeasance" related to a Rehoboth
Beach, Delaware, house that the two once shared. Grey filed a
lawsuit against Brock in January 2011, and Brock countersued Grey in
March 2011. The dispute was settled at the end of 2011 on
confidential terms. On March 22, 2017, Brock suffered a heart
attack whilst at work at Media Matters headquarters; he was expected
to fully recover.
Potential legal conflicts
Brock's simultaneous involvement with Correct the Record, American
Bridge, and Priorities USA raised legal questions, given that the
first two groups work closely with Clinton's campaign while Priorities
USA is legally prohibited from doing so. Brock claimed to have stopped
working directly with American Bridge, although its staffers continued
to operate out of his office. Paul Ryan, a lawyer at the Campaign
Legal Center, considered complaining about Brock to the Federal
Election Commission and Justice Department, charging that he was
"creating new ways to undermine campaign regulation."
Comments about Brock
Jonah Goldberg wrote in
National Review that while Brock has
been "hailed by liberals for 'coming clean,' they would never really
trust him." He quoted reporter
Jill Abramson as having said that "the
problem with Brock's credibility" is that "once you admit you've
knowingly written false things, how do you know when to believe what
he writes?" Similarly,
The Guardian referred in 2014 to "residual
unease among some liberal operatives that Brock's conversion story
fits into a pattern of opportunism and self-promotion rather than
ideological transformation." Observing in 2015 that Brock had
admitted to mudslinging before,
The Daily Beast noted a difficulty in
dispatching fears he would do it again.
Brock's claim that the Clintons have never committed any wrongdoing
has received criticisms from many, including fellow Democrats, who
have cited instances of abuse.
Cenk Uygur of
The Young Turks
The Young Turks criticized Brock’s negative coverage
Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign, specifically the
invention of the "Bernie Bro" controversy. Uygur said that
Brock’s January 10, 2017 open letter of apology to Sanders and his
voters was disingenuous because it was motivated by a desire to
raise money from wealthy democratic donors and to foster a perception
of himself as being a member of the U.S. progressive movement.
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