Skip to comments.Hillary's Paid Bloggers
Posted on 10/30/2007 12:16:40 PM PDT by Richard Poe
|by Richard Lawrence Poe
Monday, October 22, 2007
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CALL IT Bloggergate the subversion of the blogosphere by Democrat money.
Six years ago, most bloggers leaned right-of-center politically. Then something happened. The blogosphere made a sudden, screeching, 180-degree swerve to the left.
What caused this upheaval? For years, we could only speculate. Now, at last, we have caught a glimmer of the truth. It is not a pretty picture.
We are . . . putting together a network in the blogosphere, Senator Hillary Clinton announced on August 4, 2007 at the YearlyKos Convention, a gathering of leftwing bloggers in Chicago.
Her remarks became public two months later, on Oct. 2, when an anonymous person posted a shaky, hand-held videotape of her speech on YouTube.
In the video, Hillary takes credit for the rapid proliferation of leftwing blogs, which she attributes to the work of institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress
The two groups Hillary mentions are 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, forbidden by law from coordinating their efforts with political candidates. If indeed Hillary helped to start and support these groups, plotting with them to subsidize political bloggers, Hillary and both groups would be guilty of a federal crime.
The Bloggergate scandal first emerged in January 2005 when leftwing bloggers Jerome The Blogfather Armstrong of MyDD and DailyKos founder Markos Moulitsas Zuñiga admitted to getting cash from Howard Dean's presidential campaign.
Bloggergate heated up in October 2006, when Republican blogger Michael Brodkorb of Minnesota discovered that many leftwing bloggers in his state were getting cash fellowships from an outfit called the Center for Independent Media (CIM).
Brodkorb learned that CIM worked from an office in Washington, DC owned by Media Matters for America.
My co-author David Horowitz and I described the close relationship between Media Matters and Hillary Clinton in our book The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party.
We noted that Media Matters was launched by the Center for American Progress (CAP), an organization described by the leftist journal The Nation as a shadow government, a kind of Clinton White-House-exile or a White House staff in readiness for President Hillary Clinton.
CAP was founded in July 2003 by billionaire Democrat donor George Soros, working closely with Morton Halperin, director of U.S. advocacy for Soros Open Society Institute. To run their Center, they appointed John Podesta former Clinton White House Chief of Staff. To help organize it, they recruited Harold Ickes, former Deputy Chief of Staff for the Clinton White House.
The Center launched Media Matters in May 2004, touting the group as a watchdog for conservative bias in the media. Its founding president was David Brock, a former conservative journalist turned leftist.
The New York Times of May 3, 2004 noted that Media Matters was formed with help from the Center for American Progress; that CAP had loaned office space to Brock; and that CAP president Podesta had introduced [Brock] to potential donors.
Mr. Brock . . . has also spoken with Senator Clinton, Senator Tom Daschle of South Dakota and former vice president Al Gore about his project, The Times reported.
No sooner had Media Matters opened for business, than Brock began pressuring Congress to ban Rush Limbaugh from American Forces Radio and Television Service an effort which continues to this day.
Much as CAP spawned Media Matters, Media Matters in turn spawned the Center for Independent Media (CIM), in April 2006.
CIM co-founders 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. Miss Savino worked for Media Matters as a blogosphere analyst.
CIM recruits, trains, directs and finances an army of leftwing bloggers through its New Journalist program. The program application offers bloggers a three-month, renewable fellowship which includes a stipend of $4,500 to be paid over three 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.
On its NewJournalist.org Web site, CIM claims to run a fast-growing network of 40 journalists. It lists 34 of its fellows by name.
Those of us who spent the last six years watching bemused as the blogosphere swung left have at last gained some insight into how this mysterious process unfolded.
Now the IRS and the FEC must act upon that insight and purge the blogosphere of dirty Democrat money.
|Richard Lawrence Poe is a contributing editor to Newsmax, an award-winning journalist and a New York Times bestselling author. His latest book is The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Siezed Control of the Democratic Party, co-written with David Horowitz.|
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Major fraud bump!
Thanks for the ping!
Paid bloggers would have to be one of the worst ideas ever.
Really, I mean, come on.
Do we even have a justice dept? The only thing I’ve seen or heard from the JD is when they appointed Fitzy to “bring down Cheny” over Plame Gate.
Like hanging a pork chop around your neck to get the dog to play with you.
thanks for the ping
Heaven forbid she should ever be elected and completely lock the entire nation down like the did the state of Arkansas.
I believe we’re at least halfway there already.
If she wants to pay me, I’ll write nice things about her. Hell, for enough money I’ll write nice things about her on FR.
I LOL’D -_^
I can nice things about Hillary. Like I compliment Hillary on how nice the stolen silverware looks on her table.
Thanks for the ping! I agree with the other poster that we will NEVER see this in the antique media because, after all, it IS the Clintons, so, like, nobody cares, right?
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