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Here’s the opening salvo: Mediaite managing editor Colby Hall says the relevance of Media Matters is “diminished”; he was particulary irked by Eric Boehlert’s unsourced report deeming Fox News a “propaganda outfit,” among other things.

“Media Matters seems to have become exactly the sort of blindingly partisan, subjective and even misleading site that it was created to monitor. So what happened? How did an organization committed to ‘notifying activists, journalists, pundits, and the general public about instances of misinformation’ get usurped by pedantic whiners who have transformed a noble idea into an irrelevant, publicity-seeking rag?” Mr. Hall asks.

“There is no question their mission remains to assault Fox News, sometimes intelligently and fairly so, and in ways that Media Matters donors would and should most certainly relish,” he later adds. “But often these days, a one-sided media watchdog serves little practical purpose, and their posts feel at best like comfort food for like-minded believers of their mission, and at worst, the antics of a class clown starving for attention.”

And in the standard press patois, a request to Media Matters for a comment about the alleged whining has yielded nothing so far. But we’ll see.

POLL DU JOUR

• 39 percent of Americans say the U.S. spends “too much” on national defense and military purposes.

• 18 percent of Republicans and 53 percent of Democrats agree.

• 35 percent overall say the amount spent is “about right.”

• 39 percent of Republicans and 33 percent of Democrats agree.

• 22 percent overall say the nation spends “too little” on defense.

• 40 percent of Republicans and 9 percent of Democrats agree.

• 37 percent overall say U.S. military strength is “not strong enough.”

• 55 percent of Republicans and 23 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A Gallup Poll of 1,015 adults conducted Feb. 2-5 and released Tuesday.

Cat calls and doggerel to jharper@washingtontimescom.