Hat Tip: BB
By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media
It has been apparent for some time that ex-conservative David Brock has been masquerading as a “media critic” while at the service of the Democratic Party. But the head of Media Matters has officially dropped the mask of media critic by creating a so-called Democratic “Super PAC” devoted to re-electing President Obama, adding Democrats to the Senate Democratic majority, and taking back the House of Representatives from the Republicans.
Alluding to the Republican takeover of the House in 2010, he told the group America Votes on February 1, “As Democrats, we can’t afford a repeat of 2010.”
Brock described how his new group, American Bridge 21st Century, would serve as a “better model” for Democrats to “coordinate our strategy that will maximize Democratic resources.”
The America Votes “State Summit,” held on January 31 and February 1 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., included a “Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award Reception Honoring Larry Scanlon,” at the headquarters of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Richards is the head of Planned Parenthood and Scanlon is the AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) union political director.
Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post, who writes “The Fix” column for the paper, was a featured speaker, discussing the political campaign season while exchanging pleasantries with his good friend and America Votes executive director Greg Speed. Cillizza said he thought Mitt Romney would likely capture the Republican presidential nomination.
However, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell told the crowd that conservatives may not turn out for Romney in the general election and that Obama could achieve victory if the progressives, energized by America Votes, get to the polls.
While the focus was on presidential politics, many of the sessions examined liberal strategies for victories in such states as Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Maine, New Hampshire, Nevada, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Media Matters is perhaps best known as the Soros-funded group that orchestrated a successful campaign to get Glenn Beck fired from Fox News. Beck, who used his program to systematically analyze the activities of hedge fund billionaire George Soros, has blamed Soros operatives for his departure from the channel, a charge confirmed by a private investigator who interviewed employees of News Corporation, the parent of Fox News.
In order to be more “fair & balanced” on the liberal side, Fox News has hired two feminists, Sally Kohn and Jehmu Greene, as paid Fox News contributors. They were both trained at the Women’s Media Center established by Jane Fonda. Kohn, who is also a lesbian activist, worked at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change.
Reflecting Brock’s deep commitment to—and involvement in—the homosexual movement, Media Matters created an affiliate, Equality Matters, to discourage media coverage of conservative groups that favor traditional morality. Some of the attacks the group launches on Accuracy in Media involve a failure to enthusiastically embrace homosexuality as a lifestyle to be honored and celebrated in the media.
Like Media Matters, which got $1 million from the billionaire, America Votes has been Soros-funded. The convicted inside trader gave the group $1,160,000 in 2006 and $1 million in the 2007-2008 period. Jonathan Allan Soros, a son of the billionaire, has contributed over $250,000 to the group. His wife, Jennifer Allan Soros, sits on the board of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion seller.
America Votes claims 300 state and national partner organizations in an effort to “advance progressive policies, expand access to the ballot, coordinate issue advocacy and election campaigns, and protect every American’s right to vote.”
America Votes “partner organizations” include the AFL-CIO, AFSCME American Association for Justice, Communication Workers of America, EMILY’s List, Human Rights Campaign, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, and SEIU (Service Employees International Union), among others.
The America Votes summit conference featured representatives of most of these “progressive” groups.
For Brock, now regarded by some liberal media as a “mogul,” it was an exercise in coming out of the closet a second time.
A former conservative who went through a political and sexual breakdown and transformation, Brock became a liberal and homosexual activist and wrote the book, Blinded by the Right, about how he supposedly twisted the truth to benefit the conservative cause. Brock had developed a relationship with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton’s openly gay press aide, Neel Lattimore, and came out of the closet, announcing he was a homosexual. Brock hired Lattimore at Media Matters as director of “special projects” but Lattimore left to work for various AIDS-related groups.
Based on an analysis of the open and announced party affiliations of Media Matters staffers, as well as its propaganda campaigns, it was clear the group was a virtual adjunct of the Democratic Party and that the claim it was somehow a nonpartisan watchdog was a lie. Indeed, supporters of Hillary Clinton started the group but it quickly pivoted to become a mouthpiece for Barack Obama once he secured the Democratic presidential nomination in 2008.
For years, Brock was content to bash the media for running with “conservative misinformation.” Now he wants to be a power broker in the Democratic Party.
Introduced at the America Votes session in his capacity as the president and CEO of Media Matters, Brock spent his time discussing his new Super PAC in the context of what he has accomplished at his so-called media watchdog organization. “For my group, American Bridge 21st Century, that means applying the experience I’ve gained holding conservative media accountable through Media Matters for America, and applying that same concept to hold conservative politicians accountable through opposition research, candidate tracking, and earned media,” he said.
In practical terms, he said this means “taking advantage of contacts within a community through state ProgressNow chapters; relying on the issue expertise of groups like the LCV [League of Conservation Voters] or Sierra club; or making a concerted effort to flag material we uncover that could be useful to someone like Planned Parenthood; these are mutually beneficial relationships.”
ProgressNow is designed to help develop a “progressive infrastructure” in “key states.”
Brock went on, “We’re providing the research that informs the polling and the tracking clips in ads for the Presidential, Senate, and House PACS represented here; in return, they’re disseminating our content to ensure that it reaches voters.”
The groups he was referring to at the conference included Democratic Party groups such as Majority PAC, House Majority PAC and Priorities USA. The latter is a Super PAC run by Obama’s former White House aide Bill Burton, who told the event that the Republicans running for president were “clowns.” Just yesterday, the Obama campaign announced its support for the organization’s fundraising efforts.
In Brock’s case, he is being paid by American Bridge while continuing to serve as president, CEO, and chairman of the board of Media Matters. Brock, who is also on the board of the Progressive Legislative Action Network, has written a new book, The Fox Effect, which is due out February 21.
Ironically, the book’s main charge is that Fox News has become “a partisan advocate for the Republican Party,” when Brock made Media Matters into a partisan advocate for the Democratic Party and is now openly functioning as a party operative. A significant number of Media Matters staffers have come from the offices or campaigns of Democratic Party politicians.
Continuing this pattern, Brock’s co-author, Ari Rabin-Havt, the Executive Vice President at Media Matters, previously served as Director of Online Communications for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Deputy Director for Online Communications for the John Kerry for President campaign.
Chris Harris, communications director for Media Matters, is now “communications strategist” for American Bridge 21st Century, while Rodell Mollineau, who worked for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, is president of Brock’s new entity.
Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up, carved eternally in the akhasic records of cyberspace.
International Holocaust Remembrance Day elicits different reactions from different people…but as this week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Glorifying Evil shows, word and deed are a mismatch for a lot of them, especially when it comes to aiding and abetting those who are perfectly willing to take a second try at a new Holocaust. Here’s a slice:
The Palestinian Authority had its own way of commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day this year.
They chose that occasion to have official Fatah-run Palestinian TV glorify the murderers of the Fogel family.
You might remember the Fogels.
They were a young family living in the Jewish community of Itamar who were at home, relaxing after the Sabbath. On March 11, 2011, two Arabs affiliated with the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine(PFLP) Hakim Awad and Amjad Muhammad Fawzi Awad carried out an assault they had planned in advance, cutting through a security fence, breaking into the Fogel’s home and murdering the five members of the family pictured above, including a 3-month-old baby. They butchered them without even the regard a slaughterer usually gives to an animal.
The two were captured by the Shin Bet, tried in Israeli courts and sentenced to consecutive life terms since Israel has no capital punishment. Neither ever expressed the slightest remorse.
Last week,official ‘Palestinian’ TV broadcast greetings to the two murderers on a show called ‘For You’, dedicated to Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons.
Hakim Awad’s mother was an honored guest, praising the two killers as ‘heroes’ and referring to Hakim as her “dear son.”
Hakim’s aunt also participated, also calling the two murderers “heroes,” and calling Awad “the hero, the legend” with the enthusiastic approval from show’s host.
The producers of the program and its host knew in advance that the callers were relatives of the Fogel murderers and introduced them to the audience while text with the names of the callers appeared at the bottom of the screen: “Prisoner Hakim Awad’s family / Awarta – Nablus.”
Not one western leader condemned it.
Upon doing a little further research through one of my sources in a direct position to know, I found out that both Awads are on the list of those ‘Palestinian’ terrorists whose families receive an official monthly salary directly from the Palestinian Authority while they’re in prison.
Now, it shouldn’t be any great shock to anyone that the ‘Palestinian Authority’ and Mahmoud Abbas consider murdering Jews and Jewish children in particular to be praiseworthy and something to be rewarded financially. Nor should it surprise anyone that those whom murder Jews are held up as role models and heroes. Mahmoud Abbas and Fatah, after all, are the same folks who made child murderer Sami Kuntar an honorary ‘Palestinian’ citizen and gave him a hero’s welcome after he was released in a prisoner swap, the same people who name public buildings and streets after murderers and teach their children about the virtues of killing Jews in their mosques and schools.
My quarrel here isn’t with them because I expect nothing else. Based on what they teach their children and the sort of people they make heroes out of, they are whom and what they are, and one doesn’t blame a mad dog when he bites someone – you simply deal with the situation so he doesn’t bite anyone again.
But I am quite sick to death of another entirely different group of people.
As I mentioned, the program in question aired right around what is supposedly an international day of recognition and remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust.From all over the EU, various politicians issued statements about the horrors of the Holocaust and voiced their resolve that it should never happen again, some of them quite eloquently. The Norwegians, one of the most anti-Semitic nations in Europe surprised everyone by finally admitting that yes, we did help the Nazis round up our Jews and deport them, and we were pretty enthusiastic about it too. Sorry about that! It only took them until 1998, close to 60 years to get around to finally compensating those survivors who were still alive for property that was seized from them way back in 1942. I suppose this latest apology pretty much cleans the slate for the Norwegians are as far as they’re concerned.
Our own president weighed in with his signature baritone, saying that United States would “pledge to speak truth to those who deny the Holocaust.”
“As we celebrate the strength and resilience of survivors, we pledge to stand strong against all those who would commit atrocities, against the resurgence of anti-Semitism, and against hatred in all its forms.”
Admirable sentiments, all worthy of applause.
Until it hits you.
Where’s Fatah getting the money every month to pay the Awads and all the other genocidal killers in Israeli prisons? Where do the funds the PA passes on to to Hamas come from? Where did they get the cash to build a girl’s school named after Dalal Mughrabi, whose claim to fame was leading a band of ‘Palestinian’ killers in the hijack of a bus and the murder of 13 children, some of them Americans? How do the salaries of Fatah’s al-Aksa Martyr’s Brigade get paid, and how are the schools, media and mosques that teach genocide as heroism and ‘martyrdom’ funded?
They’re funded by the very same people that made such pious and stirring declarations on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, including our president. The money comes from the EU, from UNRWA, from USAid, and from the IMF.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Lt. Colonel Daniel L. Davis in the Armed Forces Journal for Truth, lies and Afghanistan submitted by The Watcher. It’s an amazingly outspoken piece that tears away the pretty lies and tells you what’s really going on there and what our warriors have to deal with.
Here are this week’s full results. New Zeal was unable to vote this week and was affected by the mandatory 2/3 vote penalty:
- *First place with 3 2/3 votes! – Joshuapundit – Glorifying Evil
- Second place *t* with 2 1/3 votes – The Mellow Jihadi – Slab City, Navy Town
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – The Razor – Automate This – The Nature of Work in the 21st Century
- Third place *t* with 1 vote – VA Right! – For Unto Whom Much is Given
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Colossus of Rhodey – OK to rip the KKK; al Qaeda, not so much
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Noisy Room – On the Road to Armageddon – Moving Ragnarok to the Middle East
- Fourth place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Political Commentator – Obama: Are Jews finally catching on?
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Bookworm Room – The Narcissistic Mindset of Today’s World
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Simply Jews – Tehran: HOT under the collar
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – New Zeal – “Iran’s Latin America Ties Pose Threat to US”
- Fifth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Rhymes With Right – Is The Tea Party Dead?
- *First place with 2 1/3 votes! – Armed Forces Journal – Truth, lies and Afghanistan submitted by The Watcher
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – The People’s Cube – The Teachings of Jesus and Obama: A Reference Chart submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Second place *t* with 1 2/3 votes – Niall Ferguson – Israel and Iran on the Eve of Destruction in a New Six-Day War submitted by Joshuapundit
- Third place with 1 1/3 votes – The Economic Collapse Blog – If The Economy Is Improving… submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – The Sad Red Earth – ‘Israel Firster’: Anatomy of a Smear submitted by Simply Jews
- Fourth place *t* with 1 vote – World Net Daily/Reza Kahlili – Ayatollah: Kill all Jews, annihilate Israel submitted by The Political Commentator
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Ayaan Hirsi Ali – The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World submitted by The Watcher
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – James Delingpole – How Green Zealots Are Destroying The Planet submitted by The Razor
- Fifth place *t* with 2/3 vote – Now Lebanon – Egypt’s Christians, post-Mubarak submitted by The Watcher
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Sultan Knish – A Tale of Two Republican Parties submitted by The Noisy Room
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – ZenPundit – Nagl: “COIN is not Dead!” submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Sixth place *t* with 1/3 vote – Seraphic Secrets – Three Notable War Movies submitted by The Watcher
Hat Tip: SurvivalBlog