Skip to comments.BLOGGERGATE: Hillary Leads Army of Paid Bloggers
Posted on 10/15/2007 10:37:36 AM PDT by Richard Poe
MOST HILLARY WATCHERS have had a chance by now to view the controversial YouTube video in which the junior senator from New York brags that she has personally helped flood the Internet with a "network" of leftwing blogs. Her boast raises troubling questions. On a practical level, just how exactly does a U.S. Senator go about exerting her power to stack the blogosphere in her favor?
One obvious method is to buy favorable coverage. Hillary's boast carries a strong implication that she has subsidized bloggers. Regular readers of Poe.com will be reminded of Bloggergate -- a little-known, but ever-burgeoning, scandal which we have followed on this blog since 2003. (1)
|This document -- an application for a "New Journalist" fellowship from the Center for Independent Media (CIM) -- shows that the Center offers "stipends" to bloggers of up to $18,000 per year. CIM formerly worked from an office owned by Media Matters for America, a Democrat front group which Hillary Clinton admits she helped "start" and "support". To download a copy of the full CIM application form, go here.|
The Bloggergate scandal erupted when the two most prominent leftwing bloggers on the Internet -- Jerome Armstrong of MyDD and DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuñiga -- both admitted to getting cash from Howard Dean's presidential campaign. (2)
The scandal heated up when Republican blogger Michael B. Brodkorb of Minnesota -- assailed by piranha-like swarms of leftist bloggers -- revealed that his tormentors were on the take -- that is, they had been getting generous cash "fellowships" from an outfit called the Center for Independent Media (CIM). At that time -- October 2006 -- CIM was working from an office in Washington, DC owned by the Democrat front group Media Matters for America, Brodkorb discovered. (3)
Curiously, it turns out that the co-founders of CIM, David S. Bennahum and Alexandra Savino, are both Media Matters alumni. Mr. Bennahum helped found Media Matters, serving as one of its original senior fellows. (4) Miss Savino worked for Media Matters as a blogosphere analyst. (5)
Now Bloggergate has spun into overdrive with Hillary Clinton's revelation, from her own lips, that she helped "start" and "support" Media Matters. After all these years, can it be that we have finally identified the source of the Bloggergate money stream? Can it be that leaders of the leftwing blogosphere suck their nourishment directly from the swollen teat of Senator Clinton's pendulous fundraising apparatus?
Here is what Hillary said on the now-infamous YouTube video:
Hillary: I would wish that we had this active and fighting a blogosphere about fifteen years ago, because we have certainly suffered over the last years from a real imbalance in the political world in our country, but we are righting that balance or lefting that balance Im not sure which, and certainly are better prepared and more focused on taking our arguments and making them effective and disseminating them widely and really putting together a network in the blogosphere. In a lot of the new progressive infrastructure, institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress, were beginning to match what I had said for years was the advantage of the other side. (6) Read more »
Readers are urged to take special note of the above.
In the above-cited quote, Hillary claims to have "helped start and support" certain institutions tasked with correcting an alleged "imbalance" between rightwing and leftwing media. These institutions form a part of what Hillary calls "a new progressive infrastructure". According to Hillary, the "infrastructure" she "helped" build has given rise to a leftwing "network in the blogosphere" capable of "matching" the "advantage of the other side". In this regard, she names two institutions specifically; Media Matters for America and the Center for American Progress.
My esteemed coauthor David Horowitz and I described the peculiar relationship between these two groups in our book The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party. Of the Center for American Progress, we wrote:
by David Horowitz and Richard Poe
Robert Dreyfuss reported in the 1 March 2004 edition of the Nation, "The idea for the Center began with discussions in 2002 between [Morton] Halperin and George Soros, the billionaire investor... Halperin, who heads the office of Soros' Open Society Institute, brought [John] Podesta into the discussion..." (7)
Soros and Halperin then recruited Harold Ickes -- chief fundraiser and former deputy chief of staff for the Clinton White House -- to help organize the Center. It was launched on 7 July 2003...
Hillary subsequently told the Nation's Dreyfuss, "We've had the challenge of filling a void on our side of the ledger for a long time, while the other side created an infrastructure that has come to dominate political discourse. The Center is a welcome effort fill that void."...
Persistent press leaks confirm that Hillary calls the shots at the Center -- not its director, John Podesta. "It's the official Hillary Clinton think tank", an inside source confirmed. (8) ...
Dreyfuss notes the abundance of Clintonites on the Center's staff... "In looking at Podesta's center," Dreyfuss muses, "there's no escaping the imprint of the Clintons. It's not completely wrong to see it as a shadow government, a kind of Clinton White-House-in-exile -- or a White House staff in readiness for President Hillary Clinton." (9) (10)
In 2004, the Center for American Progress gave birth to a new organization called Media Matters for America. David Horowitz and I wrote the following in The Shadow Party:
|Excerpted from The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party
by David Horowitz and Richard Poe
Another of the Center's missions is to carry out "rapid response" to what it calls conservative "attacks" in the media. ...
The Center for American Progress immediately helped launch a fraternal project, Media Matters for America, better known for its website MediaMatters.org. ... [President and CEO David] Brock is a former conservative journalist who defected to the left amidst an outpouring of dramatic public confessions that he had built his career on lies, writing political hit pieces filled with flimsy evidence. Whatever Brock lacks in credibility, he more than makes up for in currying influence. Brock told the New York Times that he conferred with Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle and former Vice President Al Gore before launching the website.
The New York Times generously provided a 1,041-word feature article to announce Brock's grand opening in May 2004: "Mr. Brock's project was developed with help from the newly formed Center for American Progress... Podesta has loaned office space in the past to Mr. Brock and introduced him to potential donors". Brock received $2 million for the start-up. His donors include friend-of-Hillary Susie Tompkins Buell, co-founder of the fashion company Esprit; Leo Hindery Jr., former CEO of the scandal-ridden Global Crossing; and San Francisco philanthropist James C. Hormel... (11)
One of Brock's first projects was to exert pressure on Congress and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to ban Rush Limbaugh from American Forces Radio and Television Service -- thus depriving the troops in Iraq of one of the few radio programs they are allowed to hear which wholeheartedly supports them and the cause for which they fight. (12)
Much like a yeast colony, in which each bud of yeast sprouts new buds, which in turn sprout buds of their own, the Center for American Progress spawned Media Matters, which has now begun spawning offshoots of its own. One of these offshoots is the Center for Independent Media (CIM). Launched in April 2006, it initially worked from an office owned by Media Matters at 1625 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 3rd Floor, Washington DC.
Through a system of media "fellowships", CIM recruits, trains, directs and finances a veritable army of leftwing bloggers, all subsidized by the U.S. taxpayer, thanks to the Center's 501(c)(3) tax-free status.
|Center for independent Media (CIM)
New Journalist Fellowship Program
|Official CIM Blog||List of Bloggers||Launched|
|Colorado Confidential||Colorado bloggers||Domain Registered 06.13.06
First Post 06.29.06
|Minnesota Monitor||Minnesota Bloggers||Domain Registered 08.09.06
First Post 08.21.06
|Iowa Independent||Iowa Bloggers||Domain Registered 05.11.06
First Post 04.29.07
|Michigan Messenger||Michigan Bloggers||Domain Registered 09.05.07
First Post 09.10.07
|As the chart above shows, the Center for Independent Media has launched four group blogs at this writing, all located in key battleground states where Democrats and Republicans are running neck and neck, to wit: Colorado, Minnesota, Iowa and Michigan. Look for more CIM blogs to pop up in Oregon, Nevada, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Ohio, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Arkansas, Virginia and Florida. Go here for a map of battleground states anticipated for the 2008 election cycle. (13)|
According to the Centers fellowship application, CIM offers bloggers a three-month, renewable fellowship which includes such perks as a stipend of $4500 to be paid over 3 months, editorial mentorship from experts in the field of blogging and/or journalism, access to expensive databases such as LexisNexis, as well as free legal advice, training and technical support. (14)
Because CIM fellowships expire after three months, CIM "fellows" are always on the hot seat. If CIM is satisfied with the blogger's performance, it will renew his fellowship. Otherwise, it will not. Plainly, CIM bloggers have much to gain if they toe the party line -- and much to lose if they fail to satisfy their benefactors.
CIM does not publish a full list of its bloggers. We can only speculate on their number. However, the CIM website does provide a "select" list of some of its more prominent "fellows". These are shown in the chart below. (15)
|Hillary's Army of Paid Bloggers|
|1||Rowena Alegrìa||Colorado Confidential
|2||Abdi Aynte||Minnesota Monitor
Twin Cities Daily Planet
|3||LoRayne Apo-Joynt||Michigan Messenger
Blog for America
Saginaw Democrat Meetup
Saginaw Democracy for America Meetup
|4||Andy Birkey||Minnesota Monitor
Eleventh Avenue South
Twin Cities Daily Planet
|5||Eric Black||Minnesota Monitor
The Big Question
Eric Black Ink
|6||Joe Bodell||Minnesota Monitor
Blog of the Moderate Left
Minnesota Campaign Report
|7||Dana Boone||Iowa Independent||Des Moines, IA|
|8||Adam Burke||Iowa Independent
Iowans: Video News
|Iowa City, IA|
|9||Douglas Burns||Iowa Independent
Carroll Daily Times Herald
Iowa Political Alert
|10||Ed Brayton||Michigan Messenger
Dispatches from the Culture Wars
Unscrewing the Inscrutable
|11||Michael Connery||Music for America
Young Philly Politics
|12||John Deeth||Iowa Independent
John Deeth Blog
|Iowa City, IA|
|13||Cara DeGette||Colorado Confidential||Colorado Springs, CO|
|14||Jeff Fecke||Minnesota Monitor
Blog of the Moderate Left
RH Reality Check
|15||Todd A. Heywood||Michigan Messenger
Between the Lines
|16||Dien Judge||Iowa Independent
Smoky Hollow blog
|Monroe County, IA|
|17||T.M. Lindsey||Iowa Independent
Iowa Veterans Blog
|Iowa City, IA|
|18||Robin Marty||Minnesota Monitor
|19||Chase Martyn||Iowa Independent
|Des Moines, IA|
|20||Eartha Jane Melzer||Michigan Messenger||Traverse City, MI|
|21||Michelle Mustonen||Michigan Messenger||Lansing, MI|
|22||Wendy Norris||Colorado Confidential
Rocky Mountain Chronicle
|Fort Collins, CO|
|23||Kerri Rebresh||Colorado Confidential||Boulder, CO|
|24||Leslie Robinson||Colorado Confidential
|25||Erin Rosa||Colorado Confidential||Denver, CO|
|26||Paul Schmelzer||Minnesota Monitor
|North Minneapolis, MN|
|27||Kevin Shopshire||Michigan Messenger
The Conservative Media
|28||Jim Spencer||Colorado Confidential
|29||Lynda Waddington||Iowa Independent
|30||Jay P. Wagner||Iowa Independent
|Des Moines, IA|
|31||Dan Whipple||Colorado Confidential
|32||Brandon Q. White||Michigan Messenger
|33||Celeste Whiting||Michigan Messenger
|Ann Arbor, MI|
|34||Andrew Oh-Willeke||Colorado Confidential
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by Richard Lawrence Poe
October 11, 2007 05:08 PM ET
Last updated October 15, 2007
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Richard Lawrence Poe, "BLOGGERGATE: Pro-Dean Bloggers Get Cash", RichardPoe.com, 14 January 2005, 10:56 AM ET
Richard Lawrence Poe, "The Kossacks: Growing Force on the Left", MoonbatCentral.com, 2 March 2005, 10:35 AM ET
Richard Lawrence Poe, "Red Blogs Rising", MoonbatCentral.com, 2 March 2005
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William M. Bulkeley and James Bandler, "Dean Campaign Made Payments To Two Bloggers", The Wall Street Journal, 14 January 2005
3. Michael B. Brodkorb, "MDE Exclusive: Minnesota Monitor & Center For Independent Media Exposed", Minnesota Democrats Exposed, 2 October 2006
4. David S. Bennahum, "About Me", bennahum.com, 30 October 2004, retrieved 14 October 2007
5. "Alexandra Savino", YearlyKosConvention.org, retrieved 14 October 2007
6. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Speech to YearlyKos Convention 2007, Chicago, IL, 4 August 2007
7. Robert Dreyfuss, An Idea Factory for the Democrats, The Nation, 1 March 2004, 18
8. Christian Bourge, Liberal Think Tank Debuts, United Press International, July 7, 2003
9. Dreyfuss, The Nation, 1 March 2004, 18
10. David Horowitz and Richard Poe, The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, Inc., 2006), 187-189
11. Jim Rutenberg, "New Internet Site Turns Critical Eyes and Ears to the Right", New York Times, 3 May 2004
12. Horowitz and Poe, The Shadow Party, 189-191
13. "Our Sites", NewJournalist.org, Center for Independent Media, retrieved 11 October 2007
14. "New Journalist Fellowship Application", New Journalist Pilot Program, The Center for Independent Media, application deadline: 30 July 2006
15. "Fellows", NewJournalist.org, Center for Independent Media, retrieved 11 October 2007
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More dirty pool from the queen of the flying monkeys.
Hillary the commie machine.
Now if only our elected Representatives were interested.
Stopping her will indeed take a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project.
Thanks for the ping.
If the Hilldebea$t has paid money for what is outlined below?
How many trolls has she financed to post their b$ on Free Republic and other conservative sites as true conservatives, who have left the republicans?
The ones who hate Bush more than Saddam or Osami or Hilldebeast and post their bs.
The ones who post NY Slimes and Compost articles slamming our side and saying “We need to read this and listen to it!”
“MOST HILLARY WATCHERS have had a chance by now to view the controversial YouTube video in which the junior senator from New York brags that she has personally helped flood the Internet with a “network” of leftwing blogs. Her boast raises troubling questions. On a practical level, just how exactly does a U.S. Senator go about exerting her power to stack the blogosphere in her favor?
One obvious method is to buy favorable coverage. Hillary’s boast carries a strong implication that she has subsidized bloggers. Regular readers of Poe.com will be reminded of Bloggergate — a little-known, but ever-burgeoning, scandal which we have followed on this blog since 2003. (1)
This document — an application for a “New Journalist” fellowship from the Center for Independent Media (CIM) — shows that the Center offers “stipends” to bloggers of up to $18,000 per year. CIM formerly worked from an office owned by Media Matters for America, a Democrat front group which Hillary Clinton admits she helped “start” and “support”.
Here's hoping we can derail it!!
Sounds like Hillary is gunning for the Nobel Peace Prize. Isn’t the promotion of leftwing propaganda the new category?
Wonder how many of them are on this Website?? You can bet that there is an organized effort to inflame this site by the Co-clinton Chinese Mafia War Room. They would be stupid not to.
Pray for W and Our Troops
BTTT to Grampa Dave and ping to Vision.
Of course I am a newbie, but heard rumors that the trolling began during the 2000 campaign by driving off libertarians and hard-core Christian Believers in conservative forums by ganging up and ridiculing staunch conservatives to somewhere else in cyberspace?
Subsidized bloggers for Hillary....The only way she can claim any meaningful websites support is to buy it!....The 08 Hillary Fraud continues to roll!
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