Liberal Money Talks; Influence Peddlers Manipulate the Media
Byline: Phil Kent, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The liberal wealthy super-elites who control private tax-exempt foundations have discovered success in controlling politicians and bankrolling activist organizations ranging from open borders advocates to radical environmentalists. It is especially frightening, though, to witness a recent phenomenon whereby just one of these amoral financiers, George Soros, manipulates the media by stifling and smearing center-right political voices.
Mr. Soros infamously said "the main obstacle to a just and stable world is the United States." Mr. Soros' motivations, and that of the Open Society Institute and his other foundations, are hatred of Christianity and his notion that "fascists" and "right-wingers" must be counterbalanced by a more powerful left.
The billionaire George Bush-hater is perhaps best known for massive funding of MoveOn.org, a group that opposed the 2003 Iraq invasion and supported Sen. John Kerry for president in 2004. Its mission: create pressure upon the Democratic Party to move it more to the left. But Mr. Kerry was defeated, so new tactics were required by the left-wing elites to hasten the changing of America.
Mr. Soros and his colleagues at the Tides Foundation see themselves akin to a beekeeper. While all the bees in the hive - the news media - fly about in many directions, the left-wing financiers believe they have found a way to simply move the entire hive to the left.
That is where the Soros-funded, D.C.-based MediaMatters fits in.
According to the benign description on its federal 990 federal tax form, the 50-plus employees of the watchdog group work "to notify activists, journalists, pundits and the general public about instances of misinformation providing them with resources to rebut false claims and to take direct action against offending media." At least two liberal bloggers, Oliver Willis and Duncan Black, are full-time employees. They are allied with other leftist bloggers to vilify those they want to silence or intimidate.
MediaMatters teamed with MoveOn a few years ago on a project which attacked the Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcasting Co. for preparing a television documentary on presidential candidate Kerry and his Vietnam war service. (MoveOn received millions from Mr. Soros, especially for its anti-Bush administration and pro-Kerry advertising.)
When conservatives like Rush Limbaugh or Fox News commentators address policy issues, MediaMatters disseminates everything from "fact sheet" refutations to complaints and outright smears. …