The co-opting of the Girl Scouts can now be considered complete

There are many stories out there chronicling the Girl Scouts embrace of values that many would call out of the mainstream.  Just google Girl Scout controversies and see them for yourself.

But this one in the eyes of some may be the proverbial nail in the coffin for the GSA:

GsLogoIn 2010, the Girl Scouts of the USA published a book called “MEdia.” The publication, designed for girls in grades six through eight, is a guide that apparently offers insight into how young people should process and understand the media messages surrounding them.

Considering the pervasive nature of popular media, this seems like a viable tool. However, there’s a problem — the book refers young readers to Media Matters for America as one of the primary sources for debunking lies and deceit.

Under the headline, “Consider the Source,” text encourages girls to go to the George Soros-funded Media Matters for America web site to clear up any media misinformation they might encounter. It reads:

The Internet is a breeding ground for “urban legends,” which are false stories told as if true. Next time you receive a txt or e-mail about something that seems unbelievable, confirm it before you spread it.

The fact-checking site snopes.com investigates everything from urban legends to “news” articles and posts its findings. Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.

In case you missed the reference, the Girl Scouts are suggesting that the George Soros funded Media Matters for America be the go to place for combatting media misinformation.

Imagine the outcry if the Boy Scouts Handbook guided members to Rush Limbaugh or Newsbusters for guidance on media veracity… you think there’d be a bit of an outcry?

I’m thnking so.

But this story… will be ignored by your regular outlets for news and information. 

Just doesn’t fit the meme.

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Posted by on December 28, 2011.
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  • http://otisthehand.blogspot.com/ OTIS the hand

    Girl Scouts, soon to be renamed “Little Wiccans of Amerika.”

    • http://profiles.google.com/jinxmchue Jinx McHue

      Little Transgendered Wiccans of Amerika (as they recently allowed a boy who “identifies as a girl” in).

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_G7YIUZMXOD5JGZZTCYMVA75KFU Shadow

    Well of course, “Big Brother” does want to keep his “Little Sisters” in step with the party line.

  • Anonymous

    It looks to me as if it is referring them to snopes.com, not to a George Soros website.

    • Anonymous

      Exactly which part of  ” Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation” did you not understand? 

      • Anonymous

        Here is the quote in context.  Seems plain enough to me…
        The Internet is a breeding ground for “urban legends,” which are false stories told as if true. Next time you receive a txt or e-mail about something that seems unbelievable, confirm it before you spread it. The fact-checking site snopes.com investigates everything from urban legends to “news” articles and posts its findings. Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.
        Media matters does not claim to investigate urban legends.  The reader is referred to snopes.com to do that.  Seems plain enough to me.

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        Sky__Captain wrote, in response to ackwired:
        Exactly which part of  ” Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation” did you not understand? Link to comment

        • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

          Is English your second language, or are you just an idiot?

        • Anonymous

          I find your post ntriguing.

          “Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.”

          Seems plain enough to me.

          Is this incredible stupidity a natural condition for you, or did you have to take classes?
          Or do you not realize what Media Matters actually DOES?

          • http://profiles.google.com/elilla.shadowheart Elilla Shadowheart

            Paid MM troll perhaps?

          • Anonymous

            Any mention of it seems to produce a knee jerk reaction around here.  But, no, I had never heard of it before seeing this post.  It is apparantly sufficiently emotionally loaded to prevent reading the message for meaning.

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            Sky__Captain wrote, in response to ackwired:
            I find your post ntriguing.

            “Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.”
            Seems plain enough to me.

            Is this incredible stupidity a natural condition for you, or did you have to take classes? Or do you not realize what Media Matters actually DOES?
            Link to comment

          • Stephen

            Media Matters does an outstanding job of documenting Fox New lies – which is why the right hates them so much,.. they print the truth and blow holes in the Fox News barrage of bullshit.

            You have to be a total idiot to watch Fox News…

            cue the idiots….

          • Anonymous

            I like to watch Fox News, but I balance it off with MSNBC.  I find that both misinform and twist the facts to support their view.

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            Stepehen wrote, in response to ackwired:
            Media Matters does an outstanding job of documenting Fox New lies – which is why the right hates them so much,.. they print the truth and blow holes in the Fox News barrage of bullshit.
            You have to be a total idiot to watch Fox News…

            cue the idiots….
            Link to comment

    • Anonymous

      The stoopid is strong in Steph… err Ackwired!

    • http://profiles.google.com/jinxmchue Jinx McHue

      Dude, why couldn’t you just admit you were wrong instead of doubling- and tripling-down and ending up looking stupid?

      • Anonymous

        Because I can read, I understand sentence structure, and I don’t see red when I see the name George Soros.

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        Jinx McHue wrote, in response to ackwired:
        Dude, why couldn’t you just admit you were wrong instead of doubling- and tripling-down and ending up looking stupid? Link to comment

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sean-Sorrentino/1330558388 Sean Sorrentino

    Umm, duh. The Girl Scouts were taken over by a left wing cult long ago. Instead of selling Socialist Worker papers, they sell cookies.

  • Anonymous

    Not to put to sharp a point on the stick I’m gonna poke you with but it states in the story this quote as seen in picture of the page from the handbook at the bottom of the page that this link takes you to : http://tinyurl.com/7nuh3rt
    “Media Matters for America (http://mediamatters.org/) gets the word out about media misinformation.”

    So yes, the handbook does tell them to use Snopes.com as well as MM as a reliable and trusted source of information. The truth is that Media Matters is a George Soros funded operation designed to put their spin on any story. I don’t trust Snopes all that much either.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/EU5DQWQTTHTPO4A4ZYSL3AAV2U Adjoran

      Snopes is not the place to check political stuff.  They are very cautious about offending liberal orthodoxy, although they don’t intentionally bias answers.  On other stuff, they are pretty reliable.

      Media Matters is perfectly reliable for the Marxist Party Line.

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  • herddog505

    Rick RiceBut this story… will be ignored by your regular outlets for news and information. 

    Just doesn’t fit the meme.

    I suggest that’s it’s not so much “it doesn’t fit the meme” but rather “MM really is a perfectly unbiased and accurate source.”

    Is it a lie when the person really, honestly believes that what he says is true?

  • Oysteria

    Is it just me or is Media Matters something you’d refer a youg girl of around age 10-13 to?  That is the age the booklet is geared toward.

    I have graddaughters that age.  Believe me, MediaMatters is the very LAST thing they’d give a crap about.  This is blatant BS.  Snopes I could understand.  But MM is a bunch of political hacks who “fact check” nothing.  Spin-check and spread hateful rhetoric is more their style.

    Some vacuous lefty put that booklet together and no one bothered to fact check it.

    • http://profiles.google.com/elilla.shadowheart Elilla Shadowheart

      Snopes has generally been pretty good.  If someone finds something to the contrary they publish a retraction as well.  And they try to keep it fairly balanced on the political stuff too.  MM on the other hand, is a full on partisan hack site as you can get.  I can remember that age and still grasping what I understood and taking a lot of what I saw at face value.  If I was an evil, take over the world kind of person that wanted to indoctrinate kids.  This is how I’d do it.

    • Anonymous

      “…
      no one bothered to fact check it.”

      I’d like to believe that’s the case, but the Girl Scouts organization seems to be a reliably leftist organization.

  • http://profiles.google.com/jinxmchue Jinx McHue

    The lackwits on Democratic Underground undoubted are asking, “What’s wrong with that?  MM actually is a source for unbiased information about the corporate-controlled reich-wing media. Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to get back to watching Olby (PBUH).”

    • Anonymous

      To the folks in that fever swamp, MM has a right wing bias.

  • Anonymous

    Mandatory that gay boys be allowed the the Boy Scouts (as well as gay Scoutmasters)  Oh joy for NAMBLA!  Now the Girl Scouts.

    Coming soon to a Day Care Center near you………………

  • Anonymous

    Well, as always, the Girl Scouts of America raise most of their money from their cookie sales. I usually partake, but not this year. I will tell these young girls why also, so they can pass it on. ww

  • Anonymous

    I like the chocolate mint thins the best.

  • Anonymous

    The GSA have long been the wrong place to put your daughters if you want them to be upright young ladies. Their association with certain web sites that are very liberal has been around for awhile.

    They were lost cause a LONG time ago.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Willis-Forster/100002880371309 Willis Forster

    Media matters would say that oral sex is not sex per say an cite president clinton .

    • Anonymous

      Buggery, too.

      Same (convicted, fined, disbarred) perjurer.

  • Amy Conley-Samuelson

    Of course, the GS are leftist. Haven’t you read the GS Law?
    I will do my best to behonest and fair,friendly and helpful,considerate and caring,courageous and strong, andresponsible for what I say and do,and torespect myself and others,respect authority,use resources wisely,make the world a better place, andbe a sister to every Girl Scout.