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The Group Behind Smear Campaigns Against Limbaugh and OíReilly
News Busters ^ | September 30, 2007 | Noel Sheppard

Posted on 10/01/2007 6:20:20 AM PDT by libstripper

Last week, two of the leading conservatives in the media, Rush Limbaugh and Bill O’Reilly, were dishonestly and unprofessionally attacked by press outlets that cherry-picked out of context remarks from lengthy radio broadcasts in order to vilify outspoken personalities whose opinions they don’t agree with.

Unfortunately, as folks around the country saw this play out on their television sets and newspapers, few were at all familiar with the organization behind the smear campaigns, or that this same group started the firestorm which ended with radio host Don Imus being terminated by NBC and CBS in April.

Maybe more importantly, even fewer citizens are aware that this organization is linked directly to Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as billionaire leftist George Soros.

For some background, John Perazzo wrote a column for FrontPage Magazine in July entitled “Media Matters: Hillary’s Lap Dogs,” that should be must-reading for all citizens interested in who's targeting America’s leading conservative personalities (emphasis added throughout):

(Excerpt) Read more at newsbusters.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; brock; clinton; davidbrock; democratparty; elections; fundedbysoros; georgesoros; hillary; mediamatters; phonysoldiers; rats; soros
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Since Media Matters is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that's blatantly involved in the Clinton campaign, we should all be writing our Representatives and Senators, urging them to have the IRS investigate MM.
1 posted on 10/01/2007 6:20:27 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Anti-truth, anti-freedom, anti-individual, anti-life Democrat Crime Syndicate collective, players, enablers, method-of-operation BUMP!


2 posted on 10/01/2007 6:23:21 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: libstripper

bttt


3 posted on 10/01/2007 6:24:00 AM PDT by aberaussie
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To: libstripper

4 posted on 10/01/2007 6:25:41 AM PDT by sono (Don't Tase Me, Bro!)
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To: libstripper

I just love the way the Liberal Media can’t figure out what is racist, demeaning, inappropriate or scandalous without first asking Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Nancy Pelosi, John Kerry or Ted Kennedy.


5 posted on 10/01/2007 6:25:44 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: libstripper

Is there ANY left wing liberal group that is NOT TIED TO HILLARY and / or GEORGE SOROS?...................


6 posted on 10/01/2007 6:27:16 AM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmosphere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: libstripper
Media Matters could point out that Charles Gibson used the word "phony" to describe phony soldiers, just like Rush did.

Gibson used the word "phony" several days before Rush did.

YouTube has a video clip of ABC's program about phonies at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-UUJJoFaiVI

7 posted on 10/01/2007 6:28:20 AM PDT by syriacus (The Summer of our Discountent -- Chap 20 of Steinbeck's novel about poor ethics of the NY Times.)
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To: sono

8 posted on 10/01/2007 6:28:44 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: sono

9 posted on 10/01/2007 6:31:23 AM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (LET'S ROLL!)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

Soros is so prime for a little visit from the Mossad.


10 posted on 10/01/2007 6:35:54 AM PDT by shankbear (Al-Qaeda grew while Monica blew)
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To: shankbear
Soros is so prime for a little visit from the Mossad.

Now someone has piqued my interest, keep us up to date.

11 posted on 10/01/2007 6:39:19 AM PDT by scannell
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To: libstripper

I contacted the FBI and they told me to contact the IRS. Media Matters is not operating as a 501(C)(3). Time to flood the IRS with protests.


12 posted on 10/01/2007 6:44:12 AM PDT by jonrick46
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To: syriacus

You beat me to that post. Here is the FR thread for the other FReepers.


ABC Reported on ‘Phony Heroes’ Three Days Before Rush Limbaugh Did (This is really hysterical)
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1904630/posts


13 posted on 10/01/2007 6:53:43 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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To: libstripper

ping


14 posted on 10/01/2007 6:57:01 AM PDT by preacher (A government which robs from Peter to pay Paul will always have the support of Paul.)
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To: libstripper

the left will do anything to marginalize or silence these conservative voices - and others like them. Conservatives need to unite behind them!


15 posted on 10/01/2007 7:01:12 AM PDT by elpadre
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To: libstripper
The organization was founded by the conservative-turned-leftist journalist David Brock, who says he created Media Matters “to combat” what he characterizes as the largely successful effort of “the right wing in this country” to “mov[e] the media itself to the right” and to “mov[e] American politics to the right.”

David Brock, who experienced some sort of political "epiphany" after writing "The Real Anita Hill." He decided all of a sudden he was a liberal after all and started going after those nasty right-wingers. I wonder what Hillary has on him?
16 posted on 10/01/2007 7:05:12 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (You know a liberal has lost the argument when he calls you a Nazi.)
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To: libstripper
In fact, after Imus was fired by NBC and CBS, Media Matters published a 6,000-word article entitled “It’s Not Just Imus,” listing other political enemies of the Clintons such as Glenn Beck, Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Michael Savage, Michael Smerconish, and John Gibson.

I don't see Ann Coulter on this list...

17 posted on 10/01/2007 7:06:43 AM PDT by Edgerunner (If you won't let the military fight your battles, you will have to. Keep your powder dry...)
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To: libstripper

Yes, good to report on these. But what group is behind O’Reilly’s smear of Free Republic?


18 posted on 10/01/2007 7:08:19 AM PDT by MizSterious (Deport all the illegals to sanctuary cities.)
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To: libstripper

BTTT


19 posted on 10/01/2007 7:11:40 AM PDT by EdReform (The right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed *NRA*JPFO*SAF*GOA*SAS*RWVA)
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To: shankbear

Soros is in serious need of a dirt nap. IMHO, of course.


20 posted on 10/01/2007 7:11:45 AM PDT by Noumenon (Radical Islam will kill you. "Moderate" Islam will just stand by and let it happen.)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Brock, an admitted homo, finds life freer and easier down in Hot Bottom’s old cellar digs.


21 posted on 10/01/2007 7:17:01 AM PDT by metesky ("Brethren, leave us go amongst them." Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond- The Searchers)
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To: MizSterious
Yes, good to report on these. But what group is behind O’Reilly’s smear of Free Republic?

You are far too sensitive. I watched O'Reilly's discussion on Free Republic, and his criticism on FR was a drop in the bucket compared to his criticism of the far left websites.

22 posted on 10/01/2007 7:26:53 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: metesky
"Brock, an admitted homo"

LOL....

23 posted on 10/01/2007 7:52:57 AM PDT by traditional1 ( Fred Thompson-The ONLY electable Republican Candidate)
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To: libstripper

Media Matter has “Stupid” stamped across it’s forehead.


24 posted on 10/01/2007 7:56:50 AM PDT by freekitty ((May the eagles long fly over our beautiful and free American sky.))
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To: libstripper
Considering the following that they both have, the liberals just had to do something even if it was wrong. Didn’t we all expect it?
25 posted on 10/01/2007 8:00:05 AM PDT by ANGGAPO (LayteGulfBeachClub)
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To: libstripper

I’m glad Media Matters way overstepped its bounds, and the MSM followed it right off the cliff called ‘credibility heights’....(chuckle)


26 posted on 10/01/2007 8:00:22 AM PDT by Badeye (Wee willie asston reece, the fraud of NYC)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He was a closet homosexual, actually, and got outed.

He’s been trying to get back at the Right ever since.


27 posted on 10/01/2007 8:15:27 AM PDT by jmyrlefuller (The Associated Press: The most dangerous news organization in America.[TM])
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To: sauropod

mark


28 posted on 10/01/2007 8:25:47 AM PDT by sauropod (You canít spell crap without the AP in it.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
Funny thing about the YouTube version of that ABC special report about phonies....

The viewers' comments keep disappearing....like someone doesn't want a comparison to be made between the uses of the word "phony" by Rush and ABC.

I had read one comment which pointed out that the anti-Rush folks haven't made vitriolic comments on the page with the ABC video, whereas the rabid anti-Rushites have made hundreds of comments on the other YouTube pages which mention Rush's use of the word "phony."

The comments about the ABC video keep disappearing. I wonder when the video itself will disappear.

29 posted on 10/01/2007 8:59:19 AM PDT by syriacus (The Summer of our Discountent -- Chap 20 of Steinbeck's novel about poor ethics of the NY Times.)
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I’m surprised that video is still up. I think I can get a buddy download it from work for safekeeping.


30 posted on 10/01/2007 9:14:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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To: Arrowhead1952; SandRat
Here is the FR thread for the other FReepers. ABC Reported on ‘Phony Heroes' Three Days Before Rush Limbaugh Did (This is really hysterical)

That thread was posted on 09/30/2007 8:56:28 PM EDT by SandRat

SandRat is a REAL hero, who does a wonderful job of finding, and informing us of, some of the most eyeopening news.

31 posted on 10/01/2007 9:14:38 AM PDT by syriacus (The Summer of our Discountent -- Chap 20 of Steinbeck's novel about poor ethics of the NY Times.)
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To: Arrowhead1952
I think I can get a buddy download it from work for safekeeping.

It would be great if your friend could save that evidence.

32 posted on 10/01/2007 9:16:10 AM PDT by syriacus (The Summer of our Discountent -- Chap 20 of Steinbeck's novel about poor ethics of the NY Times.)
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To: libstripper
Since Media Matters is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization that's blatantly involved in the Clinton campaign, we should all be writing our Representatives and Senators, urging them to have the IRS investigate MM.

Like these idiots would do something about it.

33 posted on 10/01/2007 9:18:16 AM PDT by RetiredArmy (America's stupidity is overshadowed only by its pure stupidity.)
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To: libstripper

I don’t know how to post pictures here but doesn’t Soros look like he’s separated at birth from Simon Barsinister of Underdog fame?


34 posted on 10/01/2007 9:20:49 AM PDT by willk
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To: marvlus

It’s not how “hard” he was on FR, it’s that he flat out lied about what he found here. He did the same to the Swift Boaters. So now he knows how it feels.


35 posted on 10/01/2007 9:36:16 AM PDT by MizSterious (Deport all the illegals to sanctuary cities.)
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To: MizSterious

Refresh my memory. What did he say when he lied?


36 posted on 10/01/2007 9:51:10 AM PDT by marvlus
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bump


37 posted on 10/01/2007 9:54:42 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: marvlus
You are far too sensitive. I watched O'Reilly's discussion on Free Republic, and his criticism on FR was a drop in the bucket compared to his criticism of the far left websites

I think you are overreacting a bit to the comment you responded to.

It had nothing to do with "sensitivity."

The next night on O'Reilly's show he had a chance to realize his mistake and recant his lies and he chose to reinforce them instead during the email spot at the end of the program.

His apology to FR will clear it all up.

Read This is you wish.

But yes, I do agree the vicious smear tactics of Soros, Media Matters and the Media in general get a lot more play.

But for a "conservative watchdog" such as O'Reilly to attack FR...an ally in the fight against the left...has been quite damaging to the cause.

38 posted on 10/01/2007 9:56:52 AM PDT by Syncro
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But for a "conservative watchdog" such as O'Reilly

O'Reilly is not a conservative watchdog and has never claimed to be one. He is independent and states his position often. He leans more right, but that does not make him conservative. He will call people on the carpet as he sees it, regardless of ideology. I don't always agree with him, but more often than not, he speaks for my way of thinking.

39 posted on 10/01/2007 10:16:41 AM PDT by marvlus
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

He moved “left” because the right wouldn’t buy his unsubstantiated smears of people, even if it fit our agenda.

He found that the left is willing to believe anything that advances their cause, so his lies are welcomed there.


40 posted on 10/01/2007 10:44:49 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: libstripper
Sometimes people forget that the founder of MMFA is David Brock who was once a hated and vilified conservative until he began writing an anti-Hillary book. During the writing of the book he fell in love with a Hillary staffer, who moved into his Washington DC home.

He has been a diehard leftist since. And the book he wrote ended up praising Hillary.

Brock is now the go-to-guy for anti-Republican slime.

41 posted on 10/01/2007 11:59:27 AM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

I think he was converted during his Hillary book...the name escapes me. The reason being, he fell in love with a Hillary staffer (male). It should all be in the archives.


42 posted on 10/01/2007 12:03:01 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: Deb
From about half way through the article, Brock's male paramour is identified:

During this period, Brock developed a close relationship with Neel Lattimore, Senator Clinton’s openly gay press secretary and close confidante. Brock would eventually hire Lattimore as a director of “special projects” for Media Matters.

In other words, the Witch flipped him by hooking him up with a male paramour.

43 posted on 10/01/2007 12:21:22 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: jonrick46
Media Matters is not operating as a 501(C)(3).

Did you mean "now" instead of "not"? From the first half of the article: "Established in May 2004, Media Matters identifies itself as 'a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center[.]'"

44 posted on 10/01/2007 12:26:55 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper

Ah, thanks. I should have read the article.


45 posted on 10/01/2007 12:28:10 PM PDT by Deb (Beat him, strip him and bring him to my tent!)
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To: marvlus; kristinn

He “quoted” two messages that were not actually written by anyone on Free Republic, and one that was wildly misinterpreted. I’m not going to do your legwork for you, look it up for yourself—it’s been discussed here often.


46 posted on 10/01/2007 1:16:08 PM PDT by MizSterious (Deport all the illegals to sanctuary cities.)
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To: marvlus
O'Reilly is not a conservative watchdog and has never claimed to be one.

Well of course that is true. That is why my phraze was in quotes. I thought anyone could understand that, sorry.

He leans more right, but that does not make him conservative.

No he doesn't. He panders to the left for ratings. O'Reilly most certainly is not a conservative, he is much closer to a liberal, although his talent for sitting on the fence is without peer.

He will call people on the carpet as he sees it, regardless of ideology.

LOL, he will lie and smear anyone he wants to, and expects to be above critisizm.

I don't always agree with him, but more often than not, he speaks for my way of thinking.

Well, I scrolled up and noticed you know nothing of what he did with his lies and smears about Freerepublic being a racist hate site on par with the Daily Kos site.

Every one to his own, if he speaks for you, fine.

I suppose you only see his great shining moments, and do not even know about his Michael Jackson type payoff.

You know, here's millions of dollars, stop telling people what happened.

As you have been admonished by others, do your own research, don' ask me to fill you in.

He's just about on, turn on the TV and Tivo!

47 posted on 10/01/2007 4:15:39 PM PDT by Syncro
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To: syriacus
The comments about the ABC video keep disappearing.

The comments part of the ABC video have now been disabled.

48 posted on 10/02/2007 5:53:13 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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To: Arrowhead1952
The comments part of the ABC video have now been disabled.

Thank you for pointing that out.

49 posted on 10/02/2007 7:37:22 AM PDT by syriacus (The Summer of our Discountent -- Chap 20 of Steinbeck's novel about poor ethics of the NY Times.)
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To: syriacus

They must have found some not so good comments about the DBM and democrat bias.


50 posted on 10/02/2007 8:11:37 AM PDT by Arrowhead1952 (DC scandals. Republicans address them, Democrats reelect them. (Tom De Lay 8/30/07))
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