Are we being played for fools?
Do you remember the old Mad Magazine Spy v. Spy series? Is the left being played by George Soros and the right being played by Rupert Murdock? Are we involved in a great big shell game brought to you by two narcissistic billionaires with way too much time on their hands? Or, are the pair of them at it together, to make money?
Yea, The Pink Flamingo figures it’s all about the money.
Does anyone really care that Media Matters is now dedicated to bringing down George Soros and that the various FOX shows have dedicated themselves to bringing down George Soros. Does anyone really care when FOX has the nerve to be serious when complaining that Soros has ties to 27 major media outlets, when Rupert Murdock is one of the world’s great media magnets?
What about all the money Murdock donates to libertarian and conservative causes?
The venerable Wall Street Journal reports (fearfully) how George Soros wants to remake the global economy, never bothering to remind people that it is owned by Rupert Murdock.
“…This is all easy to do when you have the reach of George Soros who funds more than 1,200 organizations. Except, any one of those 1,200 would shout such an event from the highest mountain. Groups like MoveOn.org or the Center for American Progress didn’t make their names being quiet. The same holds true globally, where Soros has given more than $7 billion to Open Society Foundations – including many media-savvy organizations just a phone call away. Why hasn’t the Soros network spread the word?…”
Media Matters (a Soros group) is now going after Murdock.
“…Brock said Media Matters also plans to run a broad campaign against Fox’s parent company, News Corp., an effort which most likely will involve opening a United Kingdom arm in London to attack the company’s interests there. The group hired an executive from MoveOn.org to work on developing campaigns among News Corp. shareholders and also is looking for ways to turn regulators in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere against the network.
The group will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests — whether that be here or looking at what’s going on in London right now,” Brock said, referring to News Corp.’s — apparently successful — move to take a majority stake in the satellite broadcaster BSkyB….”
A year ago, Ben Smith wrote:
“…Not before asking what really motivates him. Soros likes to portray himself as an outsider, an independent-minded Hungarian emigre and philosopher-pundit who stands detached from the US military-industrial complex. But take a look at the board members of the NGOs he organises and finances. At Human Rights Watch, for example, there is Morton Abramowitz, US assistant secretary of state for intelligence and research from 1985-89, and now a fellow at the interventionist Council on Foreign Relations; ex-ambassador Warren Zimmerman (whose spell in Yugoslavia coincided with the break-up of that country); and Paul Goble, director of communications at the CIA-created Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (which Soros also funds). Soros’s International Crisis Group boasts such “independent” luminaries as the former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Richard Allen, as well as General Wesley Clark, once Nato supreme allied commander for Europe. The group’s vice-chairman is the former congressman Stephen Solarz, once described as “the Israel lobby’s chief legislative tactician on Capitol Hill” and a signatory, along with the likes of Richard Perle and Paul Wolfowitz, to a notorious letter to President Clinton in 1998 calling for a “comprehensive political and military strategy for bringing down Saddam and his regime”.Take a look also at Soros’s business partners. At the Carlyle Group, where he has invested more than $100m, they include the former secretary of state James Baker and the erstwhile defence secretary Frank Carlucci, George Bush Sr and, until recently, the estranged relatives of Osama Bin Laden. Carlyle, one of the world’s largest private equity funds, makes most of its money from its work as a defence contractor….”
There are those who think Media Matters should lose its tax exempt status for attacking Murdock. Read Dave Morrissey’s commentary on the issue.
“…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. High-priced K Street lawyers can probably find a federal judge or a sympathetic IRS bureaucrat willing to either look the other way or accept some sort of MM rationale such as that it is merely providing educational information about a partisan group….”
Glenn Beck has a thing about George Soros. With Beck we’re not quite sure if he is speaking his own mind (does he have one), mouthing the Murdock party line, or just trolling for ratings while terrifying seniors and other gullible libertarians.
And back at you…
It is crazy!
Then there is the left’s war on the Koch brothers.
“...The Kochs – each of whom is worth a reported $21.5 billion as a result of their stakes in Koch Industries, the family owned oil, chemical and consumer products business – have been donating millions of dollars to small-government conservative causes and candidates for decades.
But the unwelcome scrutiny only began in earnest in recent months, fueled by a confluence of circumstances, and shaped by a collaborative effort by liberal government watchdog groups, unions, environmentalists and a White House-allied non-profit. The resulting campaign has helped many of the groups boost their profiles and their issues, raise money and undermine opponents.
In response, David and Charles Koch – who, as owners of a private company, have never received the scrutiny of shareholders or Wall Street and hadn’t sought or received much attention beyond conservative and philanthropic circles – hired a team of seasoned Washington crisis communications experts. Together with allies in the conservative media, they have launched a counter-offensive to cast the brothers as victims of a confused and emotional explosion of liberal hatred…”