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Is Media Matters breaking the law in its 'war' on Fox News?
The Washington Examiner ^ | March 27, 2011 | Mark Tapscott

Posted on 03/28/2011 7:07:46 AM PDT by opentalk

Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation's capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality.

David Brock, MM's founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting "guerrila warfare and sabotage" against Fox News, which he said "is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

To that end, Brock told Politico that MM will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests ..." Murdoch is the founder of Fox News and a media titan with newspaper, broadcast, Internet and other media countries around the world.

There is nothing in the Politico article to suggest that Brock, who was paid just under $300,000 in 2009, according to the group's most recently available tax return, plans to ask the IRS to change his organization's tax status as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation.

Being a C3 puts MM in the non-profit, non-commercial sector, and it also bars the organzation from participating in partisan political activity. This new, more aggressive stance, however, appears to run directly counter to the government's requirements for maintaining a C3 tax status.

Since Brock classifies Fox News as the "leader" of the Republican Party, by his own description he is involving his organization in a partisan battle...

..But in the IRS application for 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation status, Section VIII, Question I asks the applicant: "Do you support or oppose candidates in political campaigns in any way?" (Emphasis added).

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: corruption; democrats; foxnews; fundedbysoros; gangsterpolitics; liberalfascism; mediamatters; obama; smearfinancier; soros; spookydude; waronfox

1 posted on 03/28/2011 7:07:48 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
Fox News is the “leader” of the GOP ?

....

ROFL

Man, these idiots really don't have a clue do they?

2 posted on 03/28/2011 7:09:20 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Carter 2.0 The Epic Fail Edition)
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To: opentalk

does it really matter if they break the law? Does anyone expect them to be held accountable?


3 posted on 03/28/2011 7:12:00 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: opentalk

Liberals don’t break the law, they get activist judges to do what they can’t do with elections: change it.


4 posted on 03/28/2011 7:13:33 AM PDT by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: opentalk

It helps that a corrupted Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service have their back and can be counted on to look the other way about any illegal activities or tax status violations by Media Matters.


5 posted on 03/28/2011 7:13:53 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: opentalk

RICO.


6 posted on 03/28/2011 7:13:56 AM PDT by Crim
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To: GeronL

Who’s going to prosecute them? Eric Holder?


7 posted on 03/28/2011 7:14:59 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: opentalk

I guess the converse would be....

NPR is the leader of the DEM Party....


8 posted on 03/28/2011 7:19:08 AM PDT by illiac (If we don't change directions soon, we'll get where we're going)
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To: opentalk

Hmmm - anybody remember how to spell RICO? How ‘bout “industrial sabotage”?

Uh, Mr. Holder? Think this is worth investigating?

Ahem...

Colonel, USAFR


9 posted on 03/28/2011 7:21:30 AM PDT by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: opentalk

The marxists are going all-in. Out corrupt marxist and racist government will NOT do anything here, but this is WAY over the line. If a conservative is elected President, they are probably toast. Ergo, they are all in to stop that from happening. Ever...


10 posted on 03/28/2011 7:27:59 AM PDT by piytar (Godwin's rule is null and void. If you don't know what I mean, you aren't paying attention...)
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To: opentalk

I wish someone, anyone had the balls to go after that POS George Soros. He’s a corrupt MARXIST/SOCIALIST that needs to have his ass handed to him.


11 posted on 03/28/2011 7:38:35 AM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Man, these idiots really don’t have a clue do they?

I agree, but the left ACTUALLY believe FOX is the mouth piece of the GOP and there is no arguing with them.

I am around a lot of lefties and just mentioning FoxNews makes the lefties foam at the mouth like a rapid dog.

This war with the left is going from cold to hot very quickly.


12 posted on 03/28/2011 7:45:45 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: piytar
Fox must be hitting on some real issues with Soros.
Recently, covered was Soros involvement with Libya and UN responsibility to protect doctrine, reason why congress was by-passed. Beck is questioning where this leads for Israel. Then there is the eligibility issue, giving Trump air time.
13 posted on 03/28/2011 7:47:26 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: GeronL; Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson
More ominously:

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51949.html

"The group, launched as a more traditional media critic, has all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks and is narrowing its focus to Fox and a handful of conservative websites, which its leaders view as political organizations and the “nerve center” of the conservative movement.

FR would have to be considered one of the "leading conservative websites", so that makes us a target for these bozos, too.

More trolls to be zotted soon? D-O-S attacks? No proof yet, but just sayin'.

Forewarned is forearmed.


14 posted on 03/28/2011 7:52:08 AM PDT by canuck_conservative
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To: tacticalogic

“Who’s going to prosecute them? Eric Holder?”

Now you know why the first thing the RATS did after Bush won was go after his Attorney General. Kill the ability to enforce the law.

Rat playbook page 105.


15 posted on 03/28/2011 8:08:03 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Have you terrorized a terrorist today?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
Same for the SOS project. They've explicitly targeted the Secretary of State offices at the state governments to control enforcement of voting laws.

They expect the law to protect them while they subvert it. It's going to be a bloody day that they finally figure out what's wrong with that plan.

16 posted on 03/28/2011 8:14:04 AM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: opentalk
"Is Media Matters breaking the law in its 'war' on Fox News?"

A strange question to ask when the answer is so obviously "Yes." However, I doubt that anything will be done about it (Holder is an honorable man anyone? - and yes I know it's an IRS matter).

17 posted on 03/28/2011 8:21:43 AM PDT by I am Richard Brandon
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To: opentalk

What I don’t understand is why bother with Fox News - it only has around 5 million viewers (and that’s the top show - BOR).

We are entitled to watch and watching is optional. It’s not like there is any fair and balanced reporting alternative.

Allowing a few million people to view fair and balanced reporting - at least from their point of view and in most cases from any point of view seems like nothing to worry about or be concerned with. Now, if 50 million people started to watch FOX News I could see their point, but right now why waste funds on damning Fox News?


18 posted on 03/28/2011 8:21:50 AM PDT by unique
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To: Le Chien Rouge
The Left/commies know that FOX is not a mouthpiece for the GOP but rather, a mouthpiece for the Truth. For the marxists/communists/leftists, anytime the Truth is spoken, it's akin to holding a cross up to a vampire and that is what cannot be allowed.

Education is the only way a Free people can remain Free; the left knows this.

19 posted on 03/28/2011 8:23:55 AM PDT by Outlaw Woman
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To: unique
Because they are strongly targeting Beck, He may be exposing things they don't like. Soros's hand and manipulation in foreign policy and social media, no one else seems to be covering this.
20 posted on 03/28/2011 8:29:19 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk
To that end, Brock told Politico that MM will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests ..."

I will be surprised if the IRS does anything. But I wonder whether Murdoch could have a civil action against MM for tortious interference with his business relationships.

Any FReeper lawyers have an opinion?

21 posted on 03/28/2011 8:44:24 AM PDT by freespirited (Truth is the new hate speech. -- Pamela Geller)
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To: unique
Beck also played the Stephen Lerner tape (Union financial terrorism plan) on FOX and Lerners visits to the White House, Treasury Department.— which I think put the left in a tizzy. Someone on their side is helping to expose progressive agenda.
22 posted on 03/28/2011 8:53:59 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: I am Richard Brandon

Last time Soros targeted FOX ,with NPR it backfired on him. The Juan Williams firing was done right after Beck pointed out Soros is a currency manipulator and our dollar may be a target. MM claimed at that time they are going after Fox.


23 posted on 03/28/2011 9:14:55 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

But Beck has (normally) less than 2 million viewers! It just amazes me that so much pressure would be put on just a small group. It seems so un-American.

The ironic part is that I cannot recall an example of the right going after anyone on TV - it’s actually entertaining in short segments to watch the spin and contortions on MSNBC, etc. - there is no reason to go after hosts or advertisers.

I wonder if targeting Beck is at some level a free speech issue that should be looked into - I suppose not since the opposition is simply practicing free speech. The whole thing just seems wrong.


24 posted on 03/28/2011 9:26:11 AM PDT by unique
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To: opentalk

Fox News ought to offer Brock his own show, just to see how he responds.


25 posted on 03/28/2011 9:30:43 AM PDT by Constitutionalist Conservative (Two blogs for the price of none!)
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To: opentalk

Fox yawns asks what else is new in Media Matters puppets?.


26 posted on 03/28/2011 9:36:23 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: unique

It should be fun to watch Maddow and Special Ed to see their reactions to this. The only question is how many people from MM and other lib groups can they fit in during a one hour show to repeat the same taking points.


27 posted on 03/28/2011 2:20:57 PM PDT by matt04
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To: matt04

True, but still it just makes no sense - 2 to 5 million viewers hour by hours - viewers not unlike the mix here - it’s not like we will be boycotting advertisers or changing the channel - it only invites the curious to watch to see if evil stuff is going on. It always turns out to be a part of a story that hasn’t been told or an entire story that hasn’t been covered and the worst of all (just kidding)- repeating parts of stories or whole stories that tend to put the powers that be in a bad light, sometimes when what’s been borders on treason (at least lately) - it’s truly a ‘we report, you decide’ environment with some selling of the ‘right’ way on opinion shows. No big deal, just don’t watch but if you don’t you are missing a lot of interesting stuff and alternate opinions.

I suppose one needs at least an open mind to watch Fox or perhaps just be sane.


28 posted on 03/28/2011 3:12:14 PM PDT by unique
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