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Former CNN Reporter Joins Kerry Presidential Effort (To Act As Handler To Rein In Mrs. Heinz)
Media Research Center ^ | December 4, 2002 | Brent Baker

Posted on 12/04/2002 8:13:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix

Three months before CNN political analyst Bill Schneider praised Senator John Kerry’s “intelligence,” Washington-based CNN political reporter Chris Black joined the effort to elect Kerry President by becoming Communications Director for the Heinz Foundation headed by Kerry’s wife, Teresa, the widow of the late Pennsylvania Senator John Heinz.

     Black was hired to “rein in Teresa” after an embarrassing, very un-First Lady-like interview with the Washington Post, the New York Daily News reported in August. (This item has been in my pending file for awhile and today I finally found a hook for it.)

     George Rush and Joanna Molloy reported in the August 22 New York Daily News:
     “Teresa Heinz, the multimillionaire wife of Sen. John Kerry, is getting a top media handler to help with her image, sources confirmed yesterday.
     “The condiment heiress caused her husband to fidget and sigh during a June interview with The Washington Post in which she raged against Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and mimicked Kerry having a Vietnam nightmare.
     “That may be why the Heinz Foundation has just hired former CNN White House correspondent Chris Black. According to one source, Black had been wooed for months to help 'rein in Teresa,’ in anticipation of Kerry's expected run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004....”

     Following many years as a Washington correspondent for the Boston Globe, Black jumped to CNN in late 1999 and remained at CNN through the end of the Clinton presidency in January of 2001.

     To refresh your memory of who she is, you can see a picture of her on this old CNN Web page that I tracked down through Google: http://www.cnn.com/2000/ALLPOLITICS/stories/11/27/black.debrief/


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chrisblack; johnkerry; mrsheinz
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“The condiment heiress caused her husband to fidget and sigh during a June interview with The Washington Post in which she raged against Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) and mimicked Kerry having a Vietnam nightmare.

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

It looks like Kerry wants his wife/banker to just hand over his campaign cash while keeping her nutty mouth shut. BTW, wasn't Chris Black the reporter who loudly cursed out some Freepers from the White House lawn?

1 posted on 12/04/2002 8:13:37 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Kerry had better be careful, or he might find himself in an unfortunate accident with Mrs. Heinz moving on to the next available wealthy senator.
2 posted on 12/04/2002 8:15:42 PM PST by ambrose
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To: PJ-Comix

Chris Black

Chris Black is a congressional correspondent for CNN, covering the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. Prior to this assignment, Black was a White House correspondent for CNN, reporting on presidential activities both nationally and internationally. Black joined the White House unit in November 1998, where she reported on the impeachment and trial of President Bill Clinton, U.S. intervention in Kosovo, budget issues and the nuclear test ban treaty.

Prior to joining CNN, Black was a congressional and Pentagon correspondent for The Boston Globe. During her 20 years at the newspaper, Black covered every presidential campaign from 1980-1992. She also covered the ethics investigation of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

She earned a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, graduating magna cum laude, from Northeastern University.


3 posted on 12/04/2002 8:23:09 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: PJ-Comix
Is this Black guy part of the right-wing cabal or the docile media establishment that Clinton was talking about?

Or is Clinton just full of ****?

4 posted on 12/04/2002 8:23:51 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: Paleo Conservative
So was Chris Black the reporter who loudly cursed out the Freepers from the White House lawn?
5 posted on 12/04/2002 8:24:35 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Oops. That's no guy. My bad.
6 posted on 12/04/2002 8:26:36 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: PJ-Comix
That name does sound familiar, doesn't it?
7 posted on 12/04/2002 8:26:44 PM PST by The Great Satan
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To: PJ-Comix; Angelwood; kristinn; leadpenny
So was Chris Black the reporter who loudly cursed out the Freepers from the White House lawn?

I vaguely recall some sort of run in with the DC Chapter. Maybe one of them will provide you a more definitive answer.

8 posted on 12/04/2002 8:33:47 PM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: PJ-Comix
Yes. Here's the little ditty DFU wrote about it. If she's been brought in to teach "self-control" to Heinz, I'm not optimistic about the outcome.
9 posted on 12/04/2002 8:33:50 PM PST by Bonaparte
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To: PJ-Comix
From what I've heard about Teresa, she might be a little hard to keep in line. If Kerry wants her bucks, he's going to have to pretend that he values her political opinions. She isn't likely to tolerate being led around by a keeper.
10 posted on 12/04/2002 8:38:07 PM PST by Cicero
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To: PJ-Comix
I can't help but wonder how Mz. Black and the rest of her media cohorts would portray President Bush or Vice-President Cheney or House Majority Leader DeLay if they hired someone to "rein in" their wives?

Think Patricia Ireland would weigh in?

11 posted on 12/04/2002 8:38:50 PM PST by Texas Eagle
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To: PJ-Comix
So was Chris Black the reporter who loudly cursed out the Freepers from the White House lawn?

I think so. I was able to use google to find a link to a Free Republic thread. SONG PARODY: Pop Goes the Weasel (Chris Black)


Topic: DOUG FROM UPLAND - Song Parodies

SONG PARODY: Pop Goes the Weasel (Chris Black)

Bringing Entertainment, News and Truth (BENT)
6-99 Lyrics, Doug from Upland

Lyrics Copyright 1999, Doug from Upland.
Not for commercial use without permission of the author.

Some kids come to the White House today
With little faces beaming
They see a woman out of control
"Bleep you" she's screaming

Her name's Chris Black…she's with CNN
She's gonna get a reaming
If you say something she doesn't like
"Bleep you" she's screaming

12 posted on 12/04/2002 8:39:48 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Bonaparte
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

So it turns out that Chris Black is a MENTAL CASE too. Well, I guess it takes one to know one. BTW, perhaps the news media should be made aware that the person hired to rein in Mrs. Heinz also has mental health problems as evidenced by Chris Black's Mental Meltdown on the White House lawn.

THIS IS TOO FUNNY!!! (Rush---PLEASE take note!)

13 posted on 12/04/2002 8:39:51 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
It is Dukakis all over again: UltraLiberal Massachusetts Tax-aholic with a psychotic wife. This Kerry is one very predatory gigalo, latching on to the older, super rich, but fragile and easily exploited mental case widow.

As one republican operative stated about a Kerry presidentail run: "God would not be so kind as to bless the Republicans with yet another Massachusetts liberal."

14 posted on 12/04/2002 8:46:22 PM PST by friendly
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To: PJ-Comix; Doctor Raoul; ambrose; Paleo Conservative; Texas Eagle; The Great Satan; Fred Mertz; ...
Yo' CNN's Chris Black, You Have To Buy Me Dinner and Movie, and Tell Me You Love Me First

Doctor Raoul does Chris Black. ;-)

15 posted on 12/04/2002 8:49:02 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: PJ-Comix
http://www.freerepublic.com/forum/a372b44df7708.htm

To: giotto
During Monicagate, Chris Black was the Washington reporter
for the Boston Globe which should tell you
something right there. She was hired by CNN because of
appearing on all those newstalk shows on CNN, MSNBC,
and CNBC. She used to be on with Chris Matthews
a lot and was so pro-Clinton it made you sick.
From: PhiKapMom *
05/01/99 15:28:26 PDT

To: PhiKapMom
yes. she not only did not try to hide her obvious bias, she
regularly sang the clintons' praises. couldn't be more of
an apologist suck up. when cnn hired her, i must
say, even knowing how pro-clinton cnn is, i was
a bit taken aback. imagine the fuss
that was made over stuart taylor.
From: wildwood *
05/01/99 16:04:06 PDT

16 posted on 12/04/2002 8:52:36 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: an amused spectator
That's pretty good. I'm going to post it here.
Yo' CNN's Chris Black, You Have To Buy Me Dinner and Movie, and Tell Me You Love Me First

RaoulGram
June 6, 1999

Since I had things to do that kept me away from FReeping the White House Saturday, I went solo today. All was kind of routine until about 5 pm when Chris Black of CNN was broadcasting.

I yelled, "The Cox Report is still around, don't we HAVE to bomb somebody?" Followed by "When are you going to tell them that Reno turned down the FBI three times on that wiretap on the nuclear spy." Then I took a real cheap shot, "Tell the truth.

After she was finished her spot, Chris turned to the fence, and in a most ladylike way (considering there were numerous tourists including young children) screamed, "F--K, YOU!"

Film at 11.


17 posted on 12/04/2002 8:56:54 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: friendly
"presidentail"

Heh heh...did you do that on purpose?

18 posted on 12/04/2002 9:00:23 PM PST by yellowhammer
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To: Paleo Conservative
Doctor Raoul is one of the best. I wonder how the Kerry campaign is going to explain this foul-mouthed b**ch? ;-)
19 posted on 12/04/2002 9:01:09 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: an amused spectator
If Chris Black is being hired to help restrain Teresa Heinz, Teresa Heinz must have an awful temper. Sounnds like she would be fun to freep.
20 posted on 12/04/2002 9:02:10 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: PJ-Comix
Maybe if we just deleted the Internet, these nasty little corpses wouldn't float to the surface periodically.

Not that it hasn't been tried...

;-)

21 posted on 12/04/2002 9:05:40 PM PST by an amused spectator
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To: ambrose
"Kerry had better be careful, or he might find himself in an unfortunate accident with Mrs. Heinz moving on to the next available wealthy senator..."

A very good idea. How about Senator John Warner of Virginia. He has already married a Mellon Heiress (from Pittsburgh)and the ancient beauty Elizabeth Taylor. Why not a pickle potentate? It couldn't possibly worsen his visage if he sucked on sour pickles.(I confess, I am a Virginian)

Even though "Gentleman John" is moneyed and has a great farm in Middleburg, it is all due to the Mellon divorce settlement. Most observers know how certain elements of the Pittsburgh Mellon Family and the Heinz family despise each other. Big Jawn, as MudBoySlim calls him, and the widder Heinz would make a dashing..., wait,,,a limping couple. Just imagine the opportunities to overtake Bob Dole in the Viagra sweepstakes.
22 posted on 12/04/2002 9:11:04 PM PST by billhilly
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To: yellowhammer
""presidentail" Heh heh...did you do that on purpose?

A Freudian, yet understandible slip on my part. I had just read Howie Carr on gigilo Kerry's adventures over the years:

"Here's another Liveshot (Kerry's sordid nickname) story, told to me by a major Boston nightclub owner who had a luscious young galpal. One night, they're all getting down, and among the guests is a four-sheets-to-the-wind Liveshot. The girl, who's up on current events, starts tearing into Kerry for his weathervane-like voting record, telling him he needs to make a ``commitment.''

``Baby,'' he finally says, swaying ever so slightly in the breeze, ``I am ready right now to make a commitment. To you.''

23 posted on 12/04/2002 9:11:25 PM PST by friendly
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To: friendly
``Baby,'' he finally says, swaying ever so slightly in the breeze, ``I am ready right now to make a commitment. To you.''

Was this before or after he became Mr. Teresa Heinz?

24 posted on 12/04/2002 9:14:10 PM PST by Paleo Conservative
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To: Cicero
"If Kerry wants her bucks, he's going to have to pretend that he values her political opinions."

Tony Blankley ended his column today by observing that every time John Kerry goes to bed with his wife it's a fund raising event. LOL!

25 posted on 12/04/2002 9:14:51 PM PST by Reo
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To: diotima
Dio, here is the story I was telling you about.
26 posted on 12/04/2002 9:16:08 PM PST by abner
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To: Paleo Conservative; Doctor Raoul
I had a run in with Chris Black the next day or so when I mentioned that I had heard what she said to the protester and wrote a report about it. My report was picked up on Capitol Hill Blue with some reaction from one of the tourists who witnessed Chris Black and Doctor Raoul. I can't seem to find the thread just now, but will look for it later.

27 posted on 12/04/2002 9:18:47 PM PST by Angelwood
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To: Paleo Conservative; Reo
Every time John Kerry goes to bed with his wife it's a fund raising event.

ROTFLMAO. And who's the 'ho in this lovely relationship? Kerry was a man'ho before Heinz' 57 varieties. One wonders about Kerry's commitment to the widder Heinz, once she serves his purposes (read money).

28 posted on 12/04/2002 9:19:41 PM PST by friendly
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To: Reo
I wonder how long it will be before the Kerry people grab Mrs. Heinz and give her a tranquilizer shot in the butt ala Martha Mitchell?
29 posted on 12/04/2002 9:20:24 PM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
Wow! This is getting good...............
30 posted on 12/04/2002 9:41:33 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: Angelwood; Doctor Raoul; Paleo Conservative; kristinn; Jimmy Valentine's brother; tgslTakoma; ...
Wasn't she also at Cheney's House? As the camera lights would go on to do a live stand-up for CNN, the Doctor would start a cheer, "She's standing on a box! She's standig on a box!" Maybe it was one of CNN's other bimbos?
31 posted on 12/04/2002 9:54:05 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: Fred Mertz
Those were the days. Thanks for the ping, Fred.
32 posted on 12/04/2002 9:56:11 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: PJ-Comix
How fitting for a former CNN staffer to slither into a democrat campaign effort. Just like butter on bread.
33 posted on 12/04/2002 9:56:56 PM PST by For the Unborn
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To: SkyPilot
Is it ever. Please God, let Kerry be the Dim-o-rats nominee for Prez in 2004.
34 posted on 12/04/2002 9:59:49 PM PST by no dems
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To: PJ-Comix
Chris Black screamed "F--k You" at me from the White House lawn (on a Sunday, in front of kids) some time back around June of 1999.

Doug Thompson of CapitolHillBlue.com learned of it from a woman who witnessed it and started his own journalistic inquiry and got some swell quotes from other members of the White House Press Corps.

The day aafter, Angelwood commented through the fence to Chris about her behavior and Chris' first words were, "Let me tell you what that son of a bitch did to me!" And for 15 minutes it was "son of a bitch this" and "son of a bitch that".

35 posted on 12/04/2002 10:07:25 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: leadpenny
"She's standing on a box" started at the White House. AGreatPer and I were chanting and I decided to lighten the mood a bit with a nonsense cheer. I tell him, "Let's chant 'She's standing on a box.'" He looks at me kind of puzzled and says, "What?" and I say, "Trust me on this."

So off we go. Campbell Brown of MSNBC and some young woman from CNN are both doing live reports standing on boxes. The CNN gal starts laughing after she's off. Campbell Brown throws down her clipboard when done, rips the earpiece out of her ear and stomps off. I swear there had to be little footprints embossed in the asphalt of the driveway.

We brought that out of storage at the VP's residence when again they were standing on boxes. It really freaked out the Gorons when we'd chant that, as if we weren't taking things seriously enough for theem.

36 posted on 12/04/2002 10:56:22 PM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: Doctor Raoul
You da Man. LOL!
37 posted on 12/04/2002 11:04:15 PM PST by leadpenny
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To: SkyPilot
Wow! This is getting good...............

You just can't write comedy better than this real life case of the CRAZY watching over the INSANE.

38 posted on 12/05/2002 4:08:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: Doctor Raoul
Chris Black screamed "F--k You" at me from the White House lawn (on a Sunday, in front of kids) some time back around June of 1999.

LOL! I can just picture Chris Black and Mrs. Heinz screaming that at each other in the near future when Ms. Black attempts to "handle" the uncontrollable Mrs. Heinz. After watching that performance, it will be impossible to tell who the crazy one really is. Actually it is both of them.

Doug Thompson of CapitolHillBlue.com learned of it from a woman who witnessed it and started his own journalistic inquiry and got some swell quotes from other members of the White House Press Corps.

If you find those quotes, please post them here.

39 posted on 12/05/2002 4:15:29 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix
It all happened within a few days and it's all posted on FR.
40 posted on 12/05/2002 4:45:12 AM PST by Doctor Raoul
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To: PJ-Comix

The loose cannon, a lounge singer and Stan Laurel look-a-like.

41 posted on 12/05/2002 5:04:04 AM PST by RGSpincich
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To: Free the USA; backhoe; Libertarianize the GOP; Carry_Okie; 2sheep; Fish out of Water; 4Freedom; ...
Teresa Heinz funds these guys. Does Heinz make green Catsup? From: ActivistsCash

Tides Foundation & Tides Center
Tides Foundation & Tides Center
"Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with."
— Tides Foundation founder Drummond Pike, quoted in The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Background
When is a foundation not a foundation? When it gives away other foundations’ money.

Most of America’s big-money philanthropies trace their largesse back to one or two wealthy contributors. The Pew Charitable Trusts was funded by Joseph Pew’s Sun Oil Company earnings, the David & Lucille Packard Foundation got its endowment from the Hewlett-Packard fortune, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation grew out of General Motors profits, and so on. In most cases, the donors’ descendants manage and invest these huge piles of money, distributing a portion each year to nonprofit groups of all kinds (the IRS insists that at least 5 percent is given away each year). This is the way philanthropic grantmaking has worked for over a century: whether a given endowment’s bottom line occupies six digits or twelve, the basic idea has remained the same.

Now comes the Tides Foundation and its recent offshoot, the Tides Center, creating a new model for grantmaking -- one that strains the boundaries of U.S. tax law in the pursuit of its leftist, activist goals.

Set up in 1976 by California activist Drummond Pike, Tides does two things better than any other foundation or charity in the U.S. today: it routinely obscures the sources of its tax-exempt millions, and makes it difficult (if not impossible) to discern how the funds are actually being used.

In practice, “Tides” behaves less like a philanthropy than a money-laundering enterprise (apologies to Procter & Gamble), taking money from other foundations and spending it as the donor requires. Called donor-advised giving, this pass-through funding vehicle provides public-relations insulation for the money’s original donors. By using Tides to funnel its capital, a large public charity can indirectly fund a project with which it would prefer not to be directly identified in public. Drummond Pike has reinforced this view, telling The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “Anonymity is very important to most of the people we work with.”

In order to get an idea of the massive scale on which the Tides Foundation plays its shell game, consider that Tides has collected over $200 million since 1997, most of it from other foundations. The list of grantees who eventually received these funds includes many of the most notorious anti-consumer groups in U.S. history: Greenpeace, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Environmental Media Services, Environmental Working Group, and even fringe groups like the now-defunct Mothers & Others for a Livable Planet (which used actress Meryl Streep to “front” the 1989 Alar-on-apples health scare fraud for NRDC).

For corporations and other organizations that eventually find themselves in these grantees’ crosshairs, there is practically no way to find out where their money originated. For the general public, the money trail ends at Tides’ front door. In many cases, even the eventual recipient of the funding has no idea how Tides got it in the first place.

Remarkably, all of this appears to be perfectly legal. The IRS has traditionally been friendly toward this “donor-advised” giving model, because in theory it allows people who don’t have millions of dollars to use an existing philanthropy as a “fiscal sponsor.” This allows them to distribute their money to worthwhile charities, while avoiding the overhead expenses of setting up a whole new foundation.

In practice, though, the Tides Foundation has turned this well-meaning idea on its head. When traditional foundations give millions of dollars to Tides, they’re not required to tell the IRS anything about the grants’ eventual purposes. Some document it anyway; most do not. When Tides files its annual tax return, of course, it has to document where its donations went -- but not where they came from.

Where the Money Comes From

The Tides Foundation is quickly becoming the 800-pound gorilla of radical activist funding, and this couldn’t happen without a nine-figure balance sheet. Just about every big name in the world of public grantmaking lists Tides as a major recipient. Anyone who has heard the closing moments of a National Public Radio news broadcast is familiar with these names. In 1999 alone, Tides took in an astounding $42.9 million. It gave out $31.1 million in grants that year, and applied the rest to a balance sheet whose bottom line is over $120 million. Since 1996, one foundation alone (the Pew Charitable Trusts) has poured over $40 million into Tides. And at least 17 others have made grants to Tides in excess of $100,000.

The Tides Center: A Legal Spin-Off

While Tides makes its name by facilitating large pass-through grants to outside groups, many of Tides’ grantees are essentially activist startups. Part of Tides’ overall plan is to provide day-to-day assistance to the younger groups that it "incubates." This can translate into program expertise, human resources and benefits management, assistance with facilities leasing, and even help with public relations and media. Tides typically charges groups 8 percent of their gross income for these services.

Until recently, these administrative functions were provided to grantees by the Tides Foundation itself. But in order to limit exposure to any lawsuits that might be filed against its many affiliated groups (many injured parties have considered suing environmental groups in recent years), a new and legally separate entity was born. In 1996 the Tides Center was spun off, insulating the Foundation’s purse and permanently separating Tides’ grantmaking and administrative functions.

Many environmental groups that now operate on their own got their start as a “project” of the Tides Center. These include the Environmental Working Group, Environmental Media Services, and the Natural Resources Defense Council -- which was itself founded with a sizable Tides “grant.” The Tides Center began with a seemingly innocent transfer of $9 million from the Tides Foundation. The Center immediately took over the operations of nearly all of the Tides “projects,” and undertook the task of “incubating” dozens more. There are currently over 350 such projects, and the number grows each year.

This practice of “incubation” allows Tides to provide traditional foundations with a unique service. If an existing funder wants to pour money into a specific agenda for which no activist group exists, Tides will start one from scratch. At least 30 of the Tides Center’s current “projects” were created out of thin air in response to the needs of one foundation or another.

The Tides Center board of directors has been especially busy of late. In 2001 the first Tides “franchise” office (not counting Tides’ presence in Washington and New York) was opened in Pittsburgh. This new outpost, called the Tides Center of Western Pennsylvania, was erected largely at the urging of Pittsburgh native TERESA HEINZ (the widow of Senator John Heinz, the ketchup heir). Heinz pulls more strings in the foundation world than almost any other old-money socialite; she’s presently married to U.S. Senator John Kerry (D-MA). The Tides Foundation has collaborated on funding projects with the Heinz Endowments (Teresa Heinz’s personal domain) for over 10 years.

The tangled web

The Tides “complex” has established itself as an important funding nexus for movements and causes aligned with leftist ideology. Everyone who’s anyone in the big-money activist world now has some connection to Drummond Pike and his deputies.

Consider that as early as 1989, when the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) wanted to promote the now-infamous health scare about apples and the chemical additive Alar, the Tides Foundation was used as a financial conduit to allow NRDC to pay Fenton’s fees. NRDC was itself set up by Tides, and has since incorporated on its own, one of over a dozen other multi-million dollar former Tides projects to do so.

Fenton Communications, itself a touchstone for radical political campaigns, made use of the Tides Center to set up its Environmental Media Services (EMS) in 1994 (it has also since emerged from under Tides’ protection and formally set up shop in Fenton’s offices). The fact that Tides originally ran EMS’ day-to-day operations provided PR spinmeister David Fenton with “plausible deniability” -- a ready-made alibi against charges that this supposedly “nonpartisan” media outfit was just a shill for his paying clients. Now, of course, we all know that it is just that.

Similar stories can be told about SeaWeb, the Environmental Working Group, the National Environmental Trust (formerly known as the Environmental Information Center) and the Center for a Sustainable Economy, each of which received millions while under the Tides umbrella. Besides having been “incubated” in this fashion, the other principal commonality among these organizations is a client relationship with Fenton Communications.

The depth and financial implications of the Tides/Fenton connection is truly impressive, if not surprising. After all, long-time Fenton partner and recently-departed Environmental Media Services chief Arlie Schardt has sat on the board of the Tides Center/Tides Foundation complex since the very beginning. At present, the Fenton Communications client list includes at least 36 Tides grantees, as well as 10 big-money foundations that use Tides as a pass-through funding vehicle just about every year. In some cases, the Tides Foundation has been used to funnel money from one Fenton client to another.

Even taking into account the peculiar relationship between Tides and its in-house “projects,” Tides only spends about 40% of its money on these organizations. The rest goes to other left-leaning grantees, many of which have managers or board members that are connected to Tides in other ways.

For instance, the Tides Center’s corporate registration documents on file in Minnesota show that Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) president Mark Ritchie is its “registered agent.” This might explain why the Tides Foundation has paid over $20,000 to a commercial corporation owned by Ritchie and his brother. It’s a “sustainable coffee” company called Headwaters Inc., which does business with the public using the name Peace Coffee. The Ritchie brothers run this for-profit venture out of the same offices of their nonprofit (IATP), which just happens to advocate society’s total conversion to Peace Coffee’s main product. It’s a clever bit of flim-flammery, and the Tides Foundation has been helping to foot the bill.

This is business as usual for Mark Ritchie, though. He is the mastermind behind several other food-scare and health-scare organizations, all of which get appreciable funding through his Tides connection. A Tides Center “project” called the Trade Research Consortium lists its purpose as “research that illuminates the links between trade, environmental, and social justice.” Ritchie is its only discernable contact person. Similarly, Ritchie’s IATP runs the organic-only food advocacy group Sustain, but has taken great pains to hide this relationship (the group’s Internet domain listing was altered just hours after the connection was noted in an on-line discussion group in 2001). Ritchie also started the Consumer’s Choice Council, a Tides grantee that lobbies for “eco-labels” on everything from soybeans to coffee.

Tides also maintains an interesting relationship with the multi-billion-dollar Pew Charitable Trusts. Since 1993 Pew has used the Tides Foundation and/or Tides Center to “manage” three high-profile journalism initiatives: the Pew Center for Excellence in Journalism, the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, and the Pew Center for the People and the Press. These Pew “Centers” are set up as for-profit media companies, which means that Pew (as a “private foundation”) is legally prohibited from funding them directly. Tides has no such hurdle, so it has gladly raked in over $95 million from Pew since 1990 -- taking the standard 8 percent as pure profit.

In practice, the social reformers at the helm of the Pew Charitable Trusts use these media entities to run public opinion polling; to indoctrinate young reporters in “reporting techniques” that are consistent with Pew’s social goals; and to “promote” (read: subsidize) actual reporting and story preparation that meets Pew’s definition of “civic journalism.” Civic journalism, by the way, is defined as reporting that “mobilizes Americans” behind issues that Pew considers important.

Address    P.O. Box 29907
San Francisco, CA 94129
Phone    415 561-6300
Fax    415-561-6301
Email    info@tides.org
Website    www.tides.org  www.tidesfoundation.org 
www.tidescenter.org  www.igc.org 
www.egrants.org  www.workingassets.com 
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42 posted on 12/05/2002 5:15:53 AM PST by madfly
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Funny thread.



43 posted on 12/05/2002 5:44:46 AM PST by Sabertooth
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To: friendly
Who will be handling Kerry's "bimbo" matters?
44 posted on 12/05/2002 6:20:48 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: PJ-Comix
Is there anyone at CNN that isn't leftist liberals?
45 posted on 12/05/2002 6:44:50 AM PST by TaRaRaBoomDeAyGoreLostToday!
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This is a great thread.

Thanks to Free Republic we have the book on the former CNN loud mouth bit$h and the elitist Heinzie.

Regardless how Kerry gets his mane of hair manicured and mowed or how Chris Black tries to portray the elitist Heinzie as first lady material, we will have the reality on Free Republic.

Rush, Sean and other conservative talk show hosts will pick up these realities and run with them and more Americans will see the dark side realities of Pretty Boy and his mentally ill Heinzie.

Heinzies dark shadow role with the Pew Foundation and all of the phoney non profits will get exposed, and many Americans will realize that the Watermelon Green Enviralists financed by Heinzies Pew buddies are really dangerous organizations.

This will be great, and this was a great thread. Thank you!

46 posted on 12/05/2002 8:02:03 AM PST by Grampa Dave
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Who will be handling Kerry's "bimbo" matters?

Look to the thugs on permanent retainer to the DNC and the Clintons. One of the democrat/Clinton thugs was arrested recently in Hollywood with a cache of high explosives and $150,000 in bags of cash in his office. The felony charges are identical to witness intimidation techniques used against Clinton whistle-blowers and bimbo eruptions.

47 posted on 12/05/2002 8:29:54 AM PST by friendly
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To: Sabertooth; madfly
Thanks for the heads ups!
48 posted on 12/05/2002 8:32:08 AM PST by Alamo-Girl
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Is Kerry wearing a South Park tie? I think I see Chef right in the middle.

He also needs a botox treatment for his forehead. He always looks like he is totally confused.

49 posted on 12/05/2002 8:59:56 AM PST by hattend
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Rush, Sean and other conservative talk show hosts will pick up these realities and run with them and more Americans will see the dark side realities of Pretty Boy and his mentally ill Heinzie.

You think that Frankenstein Monster lookalike is a Pretty Boy?

50 posted on 12/05/2002 10:05:52 AM PST by PJ-Comix
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