Media Matters for America matters. The “progressive watchdog” group, a well-funded ally of the White House and the Democrat Party, has been in the forefront of disseminating the President’s message and attacking his perceived opponents. Not content with merely keeping the media honest, the watchdog has morphed into an attack dog.
A very useful attack dog for the Progressive Movement.
Media Matters spends millions of dollars to shift public opinion against conservative media; and in attacking anchors and commentators with whom it disagrees. Fox News, in particular, has been a favorite target of the group’s attacks.
With 8 figure donations from billionaire financier GeorgeSoros and the Tides Foundation (to name just two), MM has pledged $20 this election cycle to influencing media stories favorable to President Barak Obama.
This week, the Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson uncovered a damning memo from Karl Frisch, former Democrat strategist and Media Matters’ Executive Director of Media Relations. On Sept. 29, 2009, Frisch emailed this memo to his bosses, MM founder David Brock and president Eric Burns. In the first few lines, Frisch explained why Media Matters should launch a “Fox Fund” whose mission would be to attack the Fox News Channel.
“Simply put,” Frisch wrote, “the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W. Bush is gone. We really don’t have John McCain to kick around any more. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole.”
As part of its “get Fox” strategy, Frisch suggested going after Fox employees personally. “We should also hire a team of trackers to stake out private and public events with Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, prominent contributors and senior network/corporate staff.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/02/13/media-matters-memo-called-for-hiring-private-investigators-to-look-into-the-personal-lives-of-fox-employees/
Media Matters partisan activities now have members of Congress questioning their tax-exempt status. Critics have questioned its tax-exempt status for some time. The Internal Revenue Service has a series of requirements that must be met before organizations can qualify. Successful applicants pay no federal income tax because the government presumes such charities perform services that benefit the public.
One central requirement before an organization like Media Matters can achieve the gold-standard nonprofit status — known by its place in the tax code, Section 501(c)(3) — is that it may not “attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities” or “participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.”
With weekly meetings with White House staffers, and pledging millions to support the President’s reelection, Media Matters has a difficult time explaining how it conforms to these regulations.
The politics of personal destruction are nothing new at Media Matters. In 2007, it was MM who successfully led the charge to get radio talk show host, Don Imus fired at MSNBC. The following year, Lou Dobbs at CNN was the organizations target; leading to his departure from CNN in ’09.
The revelations of the inner-machinations of MM has one noted liberal very troubled. Harvard University Professor Alan Dershowitz compared the impact of Media Matters for America to the role Jeremiah Wright played in Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, saying the MM’s derogatory comments last year on Israel and its supporters could be a “game-changer” for Jewish voters in 2012.
“The Obama administration cannot have Media Matters and me or people who look to me for advice,” Dershowitz is quoted saying. “We cannot be in the same tent. The tent is not big enough to include us.”
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/14/harvard-prof-dershowitz-warns-media-matters-could-be-rev-wright-2012/#ixzz1mk9DXdqY
Tucker Carlson was interviewed about the revelations at Media Matters by Bill O’Reilly. View here: