The Info List - David Brock

DAVID BROCK (born November 2, 1962) is an American political operative, author, and commentator who founded the liberal media watchdog group Media Matters for America
Media Matters for America
. He has been described by Time magazine as “one of the most influential operatives in the Democratic Party.”

Brock began his career as a right-wing investigative reporter during the 1990s who 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
Bill Clinton
. In the late 1990s he switched sides, aligning himself with the Democratic Party, and in particular with Bill and Hillary Clinton.

In 2004, he founded Media Matters for America
Media Matters for America
, a non-profit organization that 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”; National Review has called him a “right-wing assassin turned left-wing assassin”; and Politico has profiled him as a “former right-wing journalist-turned-pro-Clinton crusader.”


* 1 Early life and education

* 2 Journalism career

* 2.1 Conservative journalism * 2.2 The Real Anita Hill
The Real Anita Hill
* 2.3 Troopergate * 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 * 4.8 CREW * 4.9 Killing the Messenger * 4.10 Purchase of Blue Nation Review * 4.11 Hillary Clinton\'s 2016 campaign

* 5 Personal life

* 6 Controversies

* 6.1 Potential legal conflicts * 6.2 Comments about Brock

* 7 Books * 8 References * 9 External links


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 was a marketing executive, whom Brock has described as “a Pat Buchanan conservative.”

Brock grew up in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
Wood-Ridge, New Jersey
, where he went to Our Lady of the Assumption School, and later attended Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey
Paramus, New Jersey
. During his sophomore year of high school, Brock's family moved to the Dallas, Texas
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 Reaganite Sunbelt."

Brock attended the University of California, Berkeley
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 he wrote for The Daily Californian , which supported the US invasion of Grenada, and 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 published an op-ed in 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 Heritage Foundation .


Main article: The Real Anita Hill

In March 1992, The American Spectator
The American Spectator
published a 17,000-word article in which Brock challenged the claims of Anita Hill , who had accused Clarence Thomas
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 quoted.

The book became a best-seller. It was later attacked in a book review in The New Yorker
The New Yorker
by Jane Mayer
Jane Mayer
, a reporter for The New Yorker, and Jill Abramson
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 the January 1994, issue of The American Spectator, Brock, by then on staff at the magazine, published a story about Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
's time as governor of Arkansas
that 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 with Monica Lewinsky
Monica Lewinsky
and, ultimately, to Clinton's impeachment trial. The story received an award later that year from Joseph Farah 's Western Journalism Center , and was partially responsible for a rise in the magazine's circulation.


Main article: The Seduction of Hillary Rodham

After the success of The Real Anita Hill , The Free Press paid Brock a $550,000 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. Having received a $1 million advance and a tight one-year deadline from Simon 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.



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.”


In 2001, 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 criticized Brock’s negative coverage of the 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 US progressive movement.


* The Real Anita Hill: The Untold Story . Free Press, 1993. ISBN 978-0-02-904656-2 * The Seduction of Hillary Rodham . 1996, Free Press. ISBN 978-0-684-83770-3 * Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative . 2002, Crown Publishing Group. ISBN 978-1-4000-4728-4 * The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy . 2004, Crown. ISBN 978-1-4000-4875-5 * Free Ride: John McCain and the Media with Paul Waldman. 2008, Anchor. ISBN 0-307-27940-5 * The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network into a Propaganda Machine with Ari Rabin-Havt. 2012, Anchor. ISBN 978-0-307-94768-0 * Killing the Messenger: The Right-Wing Plot to Derail Hillary and Hijack Your Government . 2015, Twelve. ISBN 1455533769


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"The Counter Culture". New York Times. * ^ Brock, David. "Blinded by the right: the conscience of an ex-conservative", p. 14. Random House , 2003. ISBN 1-4000-4728-5 . Retrieved January 30, 2011. "... when I arrived at my all-male high school, Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, New Jersey, I was singled out and ridiculed for being different." * ^ Rendall, Steve (March 1, 1995). "The Real David Brock: A Right-Wing Hatchet Man". Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting. Retrieved December 8, 2015. * ^ A B Goldberg, Jonah (28 June 2001). "Brock\'s Self-Borking". National Review. * ^ Bruni, Frank (March 24, 2002). "Sorry About That". The New York Times . Retrieved March 11, 2009. * ^ Balzar, John (October 13, 1996). "THE SEDUCTION OF HILLARY RODHAM. By David Brock (Free Press: $26, 422 pp.)". Retrieved November 25, 2016 – via LA Times. * ^ "Innocence Betrayed". The New York Times . October 13, 1996. 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"David Brock\'s \'Killing the Messenger\'". New York Times. * ^ "Nonfiction Book Review: THE REPUBLICAN NOISE MACHINE: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy by David Brock, Author . Crown $25.95 (432p) ISBN 978-1-4000-4875-5". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ A B C D Helmore, Edward (29 November 2014). "Once the scourge of Democrats, former Republican plays tough for Hillary Clinton". The Guardian. * ^ Rutenberg, Jim (May 3, 2004). "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right". The New York Times . Retrieved October 19, 2015. * ^ Gay Stolberg, Sheryl (December 19, 2010). "One Battle Won, Gay Rights Activists Shift Sights". The New York Times . Retrieved September 10, 2015. * ^ Smith, Ben (March 26, 2011). "Media Matters\' war against Fox". Politico. Retrieved December 8, 2015. * ^ "An All-Out Attack on \'Conservative Misinformation\'". The New York Times . November 1, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ "David Brock Asks Benghazi Committee: Why So Interested In Me?". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ A B C D E Halper, Evan (7 July 2015). "David Brock, a Clinton enemy from the \'90s, is now integral to Hillary\'s run". Los Angeles Times. * ^ Ruggiero, Mark (January 14, 2011). "Bridge to Somewhere: Democrats Launch Fundraising Super-PAC". Campaigns & Elections. Retrieved June 25, 2011. * ^ Farhi, Paul (December 3, 2010). "Outfoxed by Fox News? No way.". The Washington Post . Retrieved June 26, 2011. * ^ Zengerle, Jason (May 22, 2011). "If I Take Down Fox, Is All Forgiven?". New York . Retrieved December 8, 2015. * ^ "David Brock\'s army of "nerd virgins" has Hillary\'s back". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ Confessore, Nicholas, "Biggest Liberal \'Super PAC\' to Fund Possible Clinton Bid", New York Times , January 23, 2014. Retrieved January 23, 2014. * ^ Vogel, Kenneth (February 9, 2015). "David Brock resigns from Hillary Clinton PAC". Politico. 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"David Brock\'s new book takes on GOP, New York Times". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ "David Brock Takes on the Right-Wing Conspiracy". October 21, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ "Sale Of Blue Nation Review Gives Hillary Clinton Camp Its Very Own Media Outlet". * ^ "Clinton Emails Show David Brock Floating Idea of Impeaching Clarence Thomas". September 1, 2015. Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ "Clinton surrogate to demand Sanders release medical records". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ Roberts, Dan (January 22, 2016). "Sanders smeared as communist sympathiser as Clinton allies sling mud". Retrieved November 25, 2016 – via The Guardian. * ^ "Sanders Says He\'ll Struggle to Win Iowa With Low Voter Turnout". January 28, 2016. Retrieved November 25, 2016 – via www.bloomberg.com. * ^ "Experts: David Brock Pushing Campaign Finance Boundaries". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ "Brock: Time for Bernie\'s \'purity bubble\' to be burst". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ A B C Jana Winter (February 27, 2012). "Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G \'blackmail\' settlement". Fox News. * ^ Beinart, Peter. "Hillary Clinton Doesn\'t Deserve a Free Pass From the Media". Retrieved November 25, 2016. * ^ A B The Young Turks. "Bernie Sanders Gets Apology From Clinton Backer”, ‘’The Young Turks’’, January 12, 2017 * ^ The Young Turks. "Why "Bernie Bro" Myth Is Bogus”, ‘’The Young Turks’’, March 4, 2016 * ^ Brock, David. "Dear Senator Sanders: I’m with You in the Fight Ahead”, ‘’Medium’’, January 10, 2017


* Media Matters for America * David Brock at the Internet Movie Database * Appearances on C-SPAN

* Booknotes interview with Brock on The Real Anita Hill , June 13, 1993.

* Works by or about David Brock in libraries (WorldCat catalog) * Anti-Drudge, Brock Profile in Guernica Magazine * Right-Wing Journalism dialog with David Brock and Tucker Carlson, Slate (June 25, 1997) * David Brock, "His Cheatin’ Heart," The American Spectator (January 1994) (The "Troopergate" Story) * Behind the Clinton campaign: Dark money allies at Sunlight Foundation


* WorldCat Identities * VIAF : 39710373 * LCCN : n93011645 * ISNI : 0000 0001 1057 5594 * GND : 131375849 * SUDOC : 074142704 * BNF : cb157857434 (data)