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David Brock

David BrockBorn: 23-Jul-1962
Birthplace: Dallas, TX

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Gay [1]
Occupation: Activist, Journalist, Author
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Founder of Media Matters

Formerly a conservative journalist, David Brock wrote books attacking Anita Hill, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and the left. Later renounced his own writing of that time, wrote Blinded By the Right, and founded the left-leaning Media Matters for America.

The January 1994 issue of The American Spectator included an article by Brock entitled "Living With the Clintons" which broke the Troopergate scandal. It reported that an Arkansas state trooper claimed that then-governor Bill Clinton had screwed some woman in 1991 "whom the trooper remembered only as Paula." The article generated a firestorm that gave rise to the Paula Jones lawsuit, the Ken Starr investigation, and the subsequent Lewinsky scandal. Ironically, with Brock's leftward evolution he has more recently become a staunch defender of Hillary Clinton's Presidential campaign.

[1] Interview, BuzzFlash, 18 March 2002: "I had to make a decision about whether to publicly say I was gay or not, back in '94, after the Troopergate story -- about what the repercussions would be for my career. And I really didn't know, but I felt that I just had to. Since the issue had been raised, I had to answer it truthfully, which I did. And I actually didn't see any repercussions that I knew of until I deviated from the conservative party line in ideological terms."

Father: (adoptive, marketing executive)
Mother: (adoptive)
Boyfriend: Andrew (at Berkeley, ex-, "blond blue-eyed dreamboat of the
Brad Pitt variety")

    High School: Paramus, NJ
    University: University of California at Berkeley

    The Wall Street Journal Intern (1985)
    Insight 1986
    The Heritage Foundation Research Fellow (c. 1992)
    The American Spectator Fired in 1997 after going all liberal
    The Daily Californian Editor
    Al Franken for Senate
    Friends of Hillary
    Gore 2000
    Media Matters for America Founder (2003)

    Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism (13-Jul-2004)
    The Hunting of the President (23-Jan-2004) · Himself

Author of books:
The Real Anita Hill: The Untold Story (1994, biography)
The Seduction of Hillary Rodham (1996, politics)
Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative (2002, memoir)
The Republican Noise Machine: Right-Wing Media and How It Corrupts Democracy (2004, media studies)
Free Ride: John McCain and the Media (2008, media studies)
The Fox Effect: How Roger Ailes Turned a Network Into a Propaganda Machine (2012, media studies)

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