Conservative War Chest, a political action committee that aims to "thwart the smear tactics of liberals," has released a new TV spot attacking leftwing media.
The ad targets everything from The New York Times' reports on the IRS scandal to moderation of a 2012 Republican presidential debate by ABC News' George Stephanopoulos to a perceived lack of Benghazi coverage in the news. But CWC takes special care to scold Comcast-owned NBC and its left-leaning cable news network, MSNBC, referred to as a "ratings disaster" and "full-time assault machine against conservatives and republicans," complete with images of Chris Matthews, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and former host Martin Bashir.
"Let us be clear," the PAC writes in a 66-page letter to NBC affiliates, urging the local broadcasters to help restore "journalism’s professional and ethical standards." "We believe no contemporary organization has done more to institutionalize the political smear and destroy civil discourse than MSNBC."
In the ad, CWC also takes specific issue with the network blending biased political commentary with traditional news.
“The result is a kind of leftist Super Pac sponsoring millions of dollars’ worth of attack ads disguised as ‘news’ that seek the political oblivion of conservatives and the Republican Party,” CWC spokesman Mike Flynn said in a statement. “Most people in the conservative movement are civil and incapable of the kind of attacks that Comcast/NBC/Universal routinely sponsor, somewhat disbelieving that any major organization would be capable of this sort of calculated malice.”
Disclosure: Jackson Connor is a former employee of MSNBC.