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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Man, these idiots really don't have a clue do they?
does it really matter if they break the law? Does anyone expect them to be held accountable?
Liberals don’t break the law, they get activist judges to do what they can’t do with elections: change it.
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.
Who’s going to prosecute them? Eric Holder?
I guess the converse would be....
NPR is the leader of the DEM Party....
Hmmm - anybody remember how to spell RICO? How ‘bout “industrial sabotage”?
Uh, Mr. Holder? Think this is worth investigating?
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...
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.
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.
“Whos 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.
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.
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).
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?
Education is the only way a Free people can remain Free; the left knows this.
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.