Skip to comments.Is Media Matters breaking the law in its 'war' on Fox News?
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).
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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?
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.
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.
Fox News ought to offer Brock his own show, just to see how he responds.
Fox yawns asks what else is new in Media Matters puppets?.
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.
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.