Skip to comments.David Brock Group Backpedals On Soros Funding (Media Matters For America)
Posted on 03/03/2005 3:22:34 AM PST by MisterRepublican
Media Matters for America, the group headed by conservative turned liberal writer David Brock, has changed course on its stated association with billionaire liberal financier George Soros.
After initially claiming on Dec. 1, 2004 that "neither Media Matters nor its president and CEO David Brock has received any money from Soros or from any organization with which he is affiliated," the group is no longer disavowing any connection with groups "affiliated" with Soros.
The Media Matters shift came after Cybercast News Service questioned the group's financial ties and demonstrated that there were numerous and extensive links between Media Matters and several Soros "affiliates" like MoveOn.org, the Center for American Progress and Soros ally Peter Lewis.
Media Matters for America (MMA) spokeswoman Sally Aman responded to Cybercast News Service's questions with an e-mail. "In response to your query regarding donor funding Media Matters for America has never received funding directly from George Soros," Aman stated, no longer denying any relationship with organizations affiliated with Soros.
She went on to reference the "early support from Moveon.org, and the New Democrat Network," that Media Matters had received.
In its role as a liberal media watchdog, Media Matters for America takes on some of the biggest names in media. Brock also authored the 2002 book, "Blinded by the Right, The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative," in which he denounced the conservative movement where he first gained fame and disclosed his homosexuality.
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So, essentially Soros has bought the Democratic Party.
And at a surprisingly cheap price at that.
Well, well, well.
SOmetimes chickens do come home to roost.
Brock, who never had credibility, now has even less.
Picture a watch dog chomping away on steak and hunks of cheese while the burgler who gave the meal to the dog is walking out the door with your jewelry and silver.
Soros is basically a free ATM for nuts.
"There is a shadow party that has taken control of the Democratic Party and David Brock is their rapid response team. That is all it's about," (David) Horowitz said.
'Typical of Brock's operation'
"It's good that they are now being honest by [this new statement regarding Soros]," said John Carlisle, director of policy for the conservative National Legal and Policy Center. "Clearly MMA worked very closely with Soros-funded groups. There is definitely a Soros connection there."
Carlisle told Cybercast News Service , "While there is no evidence Soros gave directly to Brock and Media Matters, clearly Soros-funded groups have been instrumental in getting MMA started."
David Horowitz is familiar with the practice of changing one's political ideology, but in Horowitz' case, he was a 1960s radical who became a conservative author. Horowitz charged that Media Matters' original claim that it had taken no money from Soros or groups affiliated with Soros was "a lie."
"This is typical of Brock's operation," Horowitz told Cybercast News Service . "They split hairs to present an untruth."
Media Matters can no longer deny its Soros affiliation because "once you have the names (of donors), once you know that Peter Lewis is involved, you can't deny it," said Horowitz, who as a conservative, co-founded the Los Angeles-based Center for the Study of the Popular Culture and Front Page Mag.com, a news and commentary website.
Horowitz said he is not surprised that Brock's group altered its statement after being questioned about donations. "[Brock is] a guy who turned on his friends. He was a sleazy gossip sort of writer when he was on the right, and he's a sleazy gossip writer on the left, and an unscrupulous one on both sides," Horowitz said.
In Monday's e-mail statement, Aman wrote that the group receives "funding from grants and individual donors." Some of those donors, she added, "are regular contributors to progressive causes ..."
Among the individuals that Aman mentioned was Peter Lewis, the chairman of the Cleveland based insurance company Progressive Corporation and a close confidant of Soros. Lewis and Soros are so interlinked that Lewis' son Jonathan told Jane Mayer of The New Yorker in October 2004 that his father and Soros were "like a married couple."
According to Carlisle of the NLPC, "Peter Lewis works very closely with Soros. When Soros works with other groups, they match each other's giving." Soros and Lewis "are pretty much comrades in arms when it comes to left wing giving," Carlisle added, noting that both men played a critical role in the funding of MoveOn.org, a liberal group that posted on its website last year TV commercials comparing President Bush to Adolf Hitler.
A Cybercast News Service examination of Brock's financial records and public documents showed that the heavily funded Soros liberal think tank, The Center for American Progress, (CAP) was instrumental in getting Brock's media group off the ground.
Former Clinton administration chief of staff John Podesta, the current president of (CAP), also confirmed to the New York Sun that his group provided office space and logistical assistance to Brock in 2004.
Soros has reportedly given $3 million to CAP and its senior vice president, Morton H. Halperin, is also the director of Soros's Open Society Institute.
Brock's critics point to his efforts at rising to the personal defense of Soros as further evidence of a link between the two men. In December 2004, Brock issued one of numerous challenges to Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly, host of "The O'Reilly Factor" to a television debate to defend attacks on Soros.
In the December 16th letter to O'Reilly, Brock wrote "In May of this year, I asked that you allow me to come on the 'O'Reilly Factor' to discuss your attacks on philanthropist George Soros ... Despite my offer to discuss Soros, you still did not invite me on ..."
MMA has also defended Soros' criticism of the U.S. invasion of Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime. In a Sept. 30, 2004 Internet posting, an MMA headline read in part: "Evidence supports Soros's claim that Iraq war is a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda."
"Nobody can utter a word about Soros without [Brock] pounding on him," Horowitz said, adding that MMA is "a hit site that is set up to attack all the enemies of the Soros network.
"There is a shadow party that has taken control of the Democratic Party and David Brock is their rapid response team. That is all it's about," Horowitz said.
They (Soros, Move-on) said they were going to do exactly this. They now consider themselves the "center" and not the fringe. They see the Democrat Party as the fringe, and they, the anti-Americans as the "center". They are still playing in Humpty-Dumpy land because the vast majority of Americans know the new "Liberal Center" is still the fringe. No Democrat Campaign can or will survive this type of madness, IME.
JJ -- remember that nifty quote I dug up on Joe Strupp? It was about a book he wrote. And how the problem to date for liberals has been operating from fringe-to-center. When what they needed to do was operate from center-to-fringe. Soros is fringe (now recasting himself as "center"). He's got lots of money to do this. Plus, I haven't yet gotten into my stack to peruse and analyze the Lackoff (hehehe) book on "semantics". But I will. I'm already seeing evidence of the newer Humpty-Dumpty language spilling on out through cyber.
I'll have to reset my decoder ring !!! :)
That does it! I will have to stop using them as a "reliable" source of information.
It worked BEFORE 9-11.
Decoder Ring? I think their secretive message to followers via the decoder ring spells out "HARMONIC CONVERGENCE".
Discover the Network
Shadow Party links:
This just confirms that the Democrat party has been hijacked by the fringe-left, who are now the mainstream of the party. As if there was any doubt.
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