Skip to comments.Media Matters Employees Are Now Publicly Attacking Their Bosses
Posted on 04/29/2014 12:31:24 PM PDT by TexasCajun
Media Matters employees are furious that their bosses are trying to keep them from unionizing.
A union-organizing committee at the liberal group released a statement Monday slamming their employers for the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize, adding that the actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize.
(Excerpt) Read more at dailycaller.com ...
Media Matters employees often write in defense of organized labor, and our work has demonstrated the virtues of organizing through card-check and the perils of being forced through a protracted NLRB election process. It is fitting, then, that weve chosen to unionize and attempt to lead our own lives by the principles we regularly advocate for in our work.
The actions of Media Matters executives have placed employees in the impossible position of continuing to produce content espousing pro-labor values for an employer who is challenging our right to unionize. Not only is management subjecting Media Matters employees to arduous NLRB procedures, the actions of their attorneys indicate Media Matters executives object so tenaciously to our union that they appear willing to prevent employees from ever having the opportunity to vote on the matter.
Many Media Matters employees feel betrayed by the unexpected and unexplained path our leadership has taken in response to our efforts to unionize. Our desire to organize should be not a controversial or surprising turn of events at a progressive organization like Media Matters for America. We continue to hold out hope that our executives will change course in favor of the path the organization has long advocated.
-Media Matters Organizing Committee
It was ONLY a Matter of TIME!Now,They’re “Eating Their Own”and(as The Reverend Jeremiah Wright would say):”Their Chickens Have Come Home To Roost”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What is the annual MM budget? # FTE hacks?
after I retire, I should look into becoming a union organizer...restricting my work to liberal-run businesses of course.
Few things give me more pleasure than watching a useful idiot come to the stunned realization that they were used.
Brings a tear to my eye really.
Why aren’t broadcasting/media industry unions trying to organize at Media Matters?
Nothing more entertaining than watching liberal values collide and the liberals try to out-idiot each other.
That’s a great photo of Brock, with that stupid, stunned look.
Any photo of a lib is similar really. The stunned look is genetic. ;)
” to produce content espousing pro-labor values”
Can a non-profit do that?
More popcorn please!
lol! Proving once again what hypocrites they are.
James OKeefes new book, Breakthrough: Our Guerrilla War to Expose Fraud and Save Democracy:
June 24, 2013
Of all the anti-journalist organs, Media Matters, more formally Media Matters for America, is the squirreliest and least scrupulous. According to the New York Times, Media Matters has a $10 million annual budget, most of it provided by friendly plutocrats, none richer than international man of mystery George Soros. Every day its staff of nearly one hundred little McCarthyites pores over every word said by every major commentator of a different political stripe; they are looking for something that can be used against him or her. They specialize in race-baiting. [p.60]
Relying on tax returns and websites of wealthy U.S. foundations, a Daily Caller investigation has revealed the sources of more than $28.8 million in funding collected by the liberal Media Matters for America since 2003, the year before its formal incorporation. That sum represents 54 percent of every dollar the organization has raised in its history, making Media Matters a principally foundation-driven not citizen-supported activist group.
The list of Media Matters foundation funders, 120 in all, reads like a Whos Who of the American progressive movement, including the far-left Tides Foundation ($4,384,702), George Soros Open Society Institutes ($1,075,000), the Ford Foundation ($966,466), the Sandler Foundation ($400,000) endowed by subprime mortgage lenders Herb and Marion Sandler, who once bankrolled the embattled ACORN organization and the Schumann Fund for Media and Democracy ($600,000), managed by longtime PBS host Bill Moyers and his son.
They also include the anti-George W. Bush organization MoveOn.org ($50,000), the Barbra Streisand Foundation ($85,000), the kids shoes-powered Stride Rite Charitable Foundation ($25,000), the Lear Family Foundation ($55,000) endowed by the TV producer and People for the American Way founder Norman Lear and the Joyce Foundation ($400,000), whose board of directors included Barack Obama from 1994 to 2002.
(RELATED: See the list of Media Matters foundation donors)
The Joyce Foundation grant, made in 2010, was earmarked for a gun and public safety issue initiative. That program, judging from the ensuing Media Matters coverage, included scathing reports on the shooting-sports lobby and on the firearms industrys annual convention. To lure repeat buyers, that story warned, increased lethality has become the nicotine of the firearms industry.
2010 was also, TheDC reported Monday, the year when Media Matters founder David Brocks personal assistant was carrying a holstered and concealed Glock handgun when he accompanied Brock to events.
The Daily Caller is publishing spreadsheets describing all the grants to Media Matters it has identified, how much each donor contributed overall, and for what purpose, if any, their donations were earmarked. Most grants were described in foundations tax returns as general support contributions.
TheDC reported Thursday that the ARCA Foundation, a Democratic-aligned philanthropy, made a $50,000 grant to Media Matters in 2006 for the specific purpose of fact checking religious broadcasters. ARCA also gave Media Matters $100,000 in startup funding two years earlier. But in the larger context of the $53.4 million the organization has raised since 2003, $150,000 is a drop in the proverbial bucket.
(RELATED: See the spreadsheet of foundation grants to Media Matters)
Non-profit organizations like Media Matters are permitted to keep their sources of support secret, but grantmaking foundations are required to disclose how much they give away each year, and to whom. According to the Foundation Center, U.S. foundations distributed more than $45.7 billion in 2009. Their publicly available tax returns make it possible to reconstruct non-profit grant recipients once-secret incomes to a great degree.
Media Matters for America Treasurer among Whos Who on George Soros Democracy Alliance
By Judi McLeod Monday, January 14, 2008
David BrockWith David Brock getting the lions share of the attention as the benighted King of Switcheroo over at Media Matters for America, who pays any attention to members of his board of directors?
Guess thats how most folk missed that Media Matters Treasurer, Rachel Pritzker Hunter is among the Whos Who in the George Soros $100 million clearing house known as the Democracy Alliance (DA).
Rachel Pritzker Hunter of the Hyatt Hotel Pritzkers was a DA board member after the group was created. (Matthew Vadum James Dellinger, Capital Research Center, Canada Free Press, Jan. 10, 2008).
Missing Rachels membership in Democracy Alliance, which funds groups like Media Matters is a natural with hatchet man David Brock going after anything right of center out on the hustings.
Shell-shocked by their stinging defeat only three years ago, Soros and other wealthy liberals aimed to fund a political comeback. They created a permanent political infrastructure of non-profits, think tanks, media outlets, leadership schools, and activist groups, or what Vadum and Dellinger describe as a kind of vast left wing conspiracy to compete with the conservative movement.
A founding DA member, Pritzker Hunter, a nutritionist claiming expertise in sensitivity to foods by profession, is a generous donor to Democrat candidates and politicians.
According to documents filed by the Federal Election Commission, Pritzker Hunter gave $500 to Ohio Democrat Senator Sherrod Brown in August of 2006.
In 2004, Pritzker Hunter gave $1,000 to Howard Deans campaign, $500 to Senator John Kerry and $500 to Democrat Presidential nominee Wesley Clark.
Some journalists might categorize Media Matters treasurers DA membership as a classic conflict of interest on the board of a media monitor organization perpetually on the hunt for conservative misinformation, but Media Matters Pooh-bahs only recognize Republican conflicts of interest.
There may have been a method in the madness that allowed someone as blatantly controversial as David Brock at the helm of Media Matters.
The USS David Brock keeps changing course.
The nest of vipers who are Brocks main backers are proof positive that the big money behind Media Matters wont be drying up anytime soon.
Standing behind Brock in creating Media Matters was John Podesta, a former chief of staff in the Clinton administration and the head of the progressive Washington, DC think tank, the center for American Progress, according to DiscoverTheNetworks.org. In 2004, Podest provided Brock with office space for his fledgling enterprise. Soon after, Media Matters received over $2 million in seed donations from a roster of affluent donors including Leo Hindery Jr., a former cable magnate; Susie Tompkins Buell, a co-founder of the fashion company Espirit and a close ally of Senator Hillary Clinton; James Hormel, a San Francisco philanthropist who nearly served as ambassador to Luxembourg during the Clinton administration; Bren Simon, a Democratic activist and the wife of shopping mall developer Mel Simon; and New York psychologist and philanthropist Gail Furman. Media Matters, which can accept tax-deductible contributions under section 501 © (3) of the tax code, has also benefited from the patronage of Peter Lewis, chairman of the Progressive Corporation and a longtime consort of leftist financier George Soros.
Media Matters has not always been forthcoming about its high-profile backers. In particular, the group has long labored to obscure any financial ties to George Soros. But in March 2003, the Cybercast News Service (CNS) detailed the copious links between Media Matters and several Soros affiliatesamong them MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress, and Peter Lewis. Confronted with this story, a spokesman for the organization explained that Media Matters for America has never received funding directly from George Soros. (emphasis added), a transparent evasion.
If the King of Switcheroo as head of a media monitoring group that only goes after conservative misinformation is not enough controversy, it has now come to light that not only did Hillary Clinton help start Media Matters with former conservative David Brock in charge, she bragged about it to a convention of the far left. At the Daily Kos conventiona gathering of the far, far leftHillary Clinton said the following:
We are certainly better prepared and more focused on, you know, taking our arguments, and making them effective, and disseminating them widely in a lot of the new progressive infrastructure, institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress.
Controversy has not put a crimp in Media Matters financial style. Kicked off with $2 million in May of 2004, by August the organizations operating budget had already doubled to $4 million.
Only one year later, Media Matter revenue for 2005 was $8,470,957. From Dec. 31, 2006 a Form 990 shows Media Matters assets at $5,874,246.
Brocks compensation is listed at $230,611 for the year ending Dec. 31, 2006.
Not bad for a guy that David Horowitz, founder of www.FrontPageMag.com says was a sleazy gossip sort of writer when he was on the right, and hes a sleazy gossip writer on the left, and an unscrupulous one on both sides.
Ah yes - the joys of intimidation and coercion.
David Brock never retired from the hitman game
By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
David Brock is an incorrigible liar.
He is possibly the least honest man ever to succeed in American journalism.
The misdemeanors of fabulists such as Jayson Blair and Stephen Glass had little significance beyond embarrassing some editors, but Brock helped wreck a presidency with his Troopergate reporting.
Brock has apologized for that and for trashing Anita Hill and threatening to smear the source of a particularly damning anecdote about Clarence Thomas.
Yet this admitted liar has somehow resuscitated his career, as an arbiter of honest journalism no less.
The thing is: Brock never changed. Hes still a hit man, just for the other team. He was on MSNBC just the other night calling Fox News chairman Roger Ailes a racist, based on a 45-year-old quote he had ripped from context (which well revisit).
Ailes had used the N-word prepping Richard Nixon for a public appearance, Brock charged inaccurately, before rushing on to list more random and spurious evidence against him.
The vicious and unsupported personal attack was striking coming from Brock. Here is a man whose acceptance in the mainstream media is due entirely to his story of repentance and conversion, yet his sins are so odious that one has to think not that hes a backslider, but that he never saw the light at all.
From 1997 to 2002, Brock wrote several drafts of his conversion story. From Confessions of a Right-Wing Hit Man, published in Esquire, to the final, book-length version, Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative, Brock developed a narrative aimed at ingratiating himself with the left.
It worked. In The New Yorker, Hendrik Hertzberg vouched for the conversion from hit man to respectable Democrat.
What drove Brock was the wrongness of what he did, not of what he thought, Hertzberg wrote. Its the story of a change of heart, not of mind.
Hertzberg, like many, didnt look too closely at the details of the story. In Confessions, Brock was still insisting hed told the truth. In Blinded, he elides lie after lie, lies the reader wouldnt recognize without close knowledge of the Thomas confirmation affair.
BREAKING: Media Matters Chief David Brock Admits to Working with Media Outlets on Stories (Video)
The Gateway Pundit | 4/27/14 | Kristinn Taylor and Jim Hoft
Last Sunday former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson told CNNs Reliable Sources that far left Media Matters helped produce news reports for CBS News.
They used to work with me on stories and tried to help me produce my stories, and at some point
Attkisson also said CBS blocked several of her reports.
David Brock, chairman of the 501(c)(3) tax-exempt group Media Matters for America and self-described Democratic political activist, did not deny the allegations today. Instead, Brock admitted on Reliable Sources that Media Matters works with liberal media outlets to develop news stories.
We do work with reporters. Were a media watchdog group. I have no reason to doubt that.
to produce content espousing pro-labor values
Can a non-profit do that?
Earlier today, FoxNews showed some graphics that listed about six different unions that have donated over $400 million to MM since 2010.
SEIU wants to unionize Media Matters; possibly indicates a party purge going on. A plague on both your houses ping. Thanks TexasCajun.
Doesn’t everyone ‘get along’ in communist Utopias?
Only if your goal is to have the worst record on organizing in the history of labor unions.
LOL - it’s like Al Gore selling ‘Current’ to a bunch of rich Arab oil guys...
Have fun all you gullible liberal dupes.
We keep telling them that they'll be the first to die at the hands of whomever
they support if they gather enough power to achieve full tyranny. The MSM lackeys, that is.