Oops! Dick Armey Thought He Was Speaking to Media Research Center When He Booked Interview With Media Matters

Oops. I just hate when this happens.
Dick Armey said he thought he was speaking to the conservative Media Research Center when he held an interview with John Podesta’s freedom-hating Media Matters.

Media Matters was excited about the mix-up.
It was the biggest scoop they had in years.

The Daily Caller reported:

Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week, he told The Daily Caller Tuesday. Instead, Armey thought he was chatting with the conservative Media Research Center.

Armey and his tea party organization FreedomWorks parted ways in early December after disagreements over the direction of the powerful nonprofit and how the group’s money was being spent.

A post published Friday by Media Matters blogger Joe Strupp relayed concerns by Armey — also a former House majority leader — about FreedomWorks’ expenditures, including several million dollars spent on sponsorship opportunities with radio hosts Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

In that interview, Armey described his disagreement with FreedomWorks’ decision to advertise on those shows. He said he would have preferred spending the money “to recruit activists and inform activists and to encourage and enthuse activists,” something Armey didn’t feel was accomplished through robust radio advertising.

Over the weekend, conservative reaction to Armey’s decision to “dish” to Media Matters about his tumultuous exit from FreedomWorks ranged from befuddled to furious.

“If Dick Armey is going to go to Media Matters, he’s willing to burn down the movement over his vendetta,” Red State blogger Erick Erickson wrote on Twitter.

“This is disgraceful,” Jim Hoft wrote on his blog, The Gateway Pundit. “The former FreedomWorks chairman did not approve of the way the conservative group was working with Glenn Beck to push conservative causes. So, he went to the most sinister far left outlet on the planet to rip on FreedomWorks. He must have lost his mind.”

But in a Tuesday phone interview with TheDC, Armey insisted that even though Strupp properly identified himself, it wasn’t until “somebody busted my chops on Facebook” that he realized he spoke to a left-wing group.

Wow. That is so sad.
Maybe it was best that Armey parted ways when he did.

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  • Lady Mondegreen

    Nobody ever accused Dick Army of being smart.

  • Rhonda

    Dear God, save us from our leaders. I think the man sounds senile, no wonder they paid him to leave.

  • SM-WI

    Say goodnight Gracie!

  • donh

    For contrast Matt Kibbe spoke about the matter of dysfunctional internal ” gang warfare ” at The Blaze, and I am impressed by what he says….. > http://www.theblaze.com/stories/freedomworks-head-matt-kibbe-addresses-gop-division-and-groups-recent-split-on-real-news/

  • OldSailor

    Lady Mondegreen commented:

    Nobody ever accused Dick Army of being smart.

    What do you expect luv? He’s a politician.

  • I knew all along he was trouble. A BIG AMNESTY OPEN-BORDER SUPPORTER. Thanks but NO THANKS!

  • Benson II

    Stupid or in his own little bubble. Either way good bye good riddance as spokes person for anything conservative.

  • Torental

    Dick Armey is a senile old fart. Completely irrelevant today.

  • shadow

    What makes Media Matters, “freedom-hating?”

  • katy

    Well. I guess it’s good he’s out of the picture.

    If the guy is so out of touch that he doesn’t know the difference, he probably did the right thing by getting out the way.. Sheesh Dick!


  • Dave in NYC

    What exactly did Armey say that was wrong? Does it make sense for Freedomworks to pay $1 million to Glenn Beck in exchange for him raising less than $1 million? Isn’t this just a subsidy paid to Beck. And isn’t it improper for Beck to receive these payments, plug Freedomworks, and not disclose that he is being paid?

  • Cynicman

    I’ve never trusted him. Always thought he was in it for himself. He joined the ACLU after he left office. Just another self important has been member of the stuck-on-stupid party.

  • Vicky Hernandez

    Of, course he confused the two… Uh, yeah.

  • Freddy

    #10 January 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm
    shadow commented:

    What makes Media Matters, “freedom-hating?”

    How about their position to ban all guns in the USA?


    GOP has no leaders…..only failures

  • -Ed.

    Yeah,.. maybe it’s best to keep Armey away from the Intertubes.

  • Jill

    @ number 12
    As a political action group, they can spend their money in the manner that they see fit. That million also included ongoing fundraising for Freedomworks, commercials on both his television and radio broadcasts, and appearances. Considering Armey’s settlement, I believe that the former did more good for the organization than the latter. Armey, by not owning up to his choice of smear venue, should be no better regarded than a two bit con artist. As a financial donor to Freedomworks, I am glad to see him gone.

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  • Anthony


    And this fraud claims to be a member of the “tea-party”. He is on the payroll of Jish alienists and mother sellers who want all the garbage of the world dumped on the US and destroy it through immigration but want to keep Israel pristine and pure and are building the world’s largest prison there–for aliens. He supports the 3rd world war called amnesty.

    Dick Armey is always mixed up between right and wrong, good and evil and patriot and alienist. He just cares about making money.

  • Blacque Jacques Shellacque

    Dick Armey had no idea he was speaking to the left-wing Media Matters organization during an interview last week,…

    The guy should have D-U-M-B-A-S-S tattooed across his forehead.

  • dwdude

    just another snake politician

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  • shadow

    How about their (Media Matters) position to ban all guns in the USA?

    And where have you seen this position conveyed? Or … did you just make it up?

  • RedStateGal

    Time to retire, buddy. We are in a winner-takes-all struggle for the soul of America, the America I will grow old in and in which my children will raise families. There is no room for dummies or liars; Dick Armey is clearly either one or the other.

  • Chris W.

    Armey didn’t like the way the organization was spending money. That’s a big scoop? Disagreements over expenditures happen at high-levels in every organization on earth. It’s not like Armey said Beck or Limbaugh stink, all he said was that he thought the money would be better spent on grassroots activists rather than radio ads which preach to the choir.

    That’s the way I’m reading this, anyway. Sure it’s lame that it was all dished to Media Matters, but at the end of the day who cares.

    The telling part in all this is that Armey failed to pay attention to whom he was speaking, and because of that I’m glad he’s edging toward retirement. He’s not quite as sharp anymore and I wish him luck in his future endeavors.

  • nate

    Um….I’m with Armey. Obviously radio basking isn’t working so well since Glenn Beck and Rush were so affective that we got Obobo again. Right? You can’t say those two don’t reach enough people. Why were the activists a better direction? The radio hosts inspire the type of people who go to big parties with cameras, famous faces, fancy drinks, cold beers, expensive clothes, and lots of laughs (see Dana L.) and ultimately do nothing for the cause. The activists are the ones with direct access to everyday people and bus hoards to the polls. I know which way I’d direct efforts.

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  • Jill

    @27 You’re seriously blaming radio hosts and Freedomworks for Obama’s reelection?