MEDIA MATTERS DECLARES WAR ON FOX NEWS
By: Edward P. Shallow
Fox News reports the head of Media Matters for America now out coordinating a new super PAC to help President Obama get reelected–is operating his nonprofit organization in close coordination with the Obama White House, a new investigative report out Monday says.
The Daily Caller (2/13/2012) – Media Matters memo called for hiring private investigators ‘to look into the personal lives’ of Fox employees.
A little after 1 p.m. on Sept. 29, 2009, Karl Frisch emailed a memo to his bosses, Media Matters for America founder David Brock and president Eric Burns. In the first few lines, Frisch explained why Media Matters should launch a “Fox Fund” whose mission would be to attack the Fox News Channel.
“Simply put,” Frisch wrote, “the progressive movement is in need of an enemy. George W.Bush is gone. We really do not have John McCain to kick around any more. Filling the lack of leadership on the right, Fox News has emerged as the central enemy and antagonist of the Obama administration, our Congressional majorities and the progressive movement as a whole.”
“We must take Fox News head-on in well funded, presidential-style campaign to discredit and embarrass the network, making it illegitimate in the eyes of news consumers.”
What Frisch proceeded to suggest, however went way beyond what legitimate presidential campaigns attempt. “We should hire private investigators to look into the personal lives of Fox News anchors, hosts, reporters, permanent contributors, senior network and corporate staff,” he wrote.
After that, Frisch argued, should come the legal assault: “We should look into contracting with a major law firm to study any available legal actions that can be taken against Fox News, from a class action law suit to defamation claims for those wronged by the network.”
Frisch went on to call for “an elaborate shareholder campaign” against News Corporation, the parent company of Fox News: “This can take many forms, from a front group of shareholders, to passing resolutions at shareholder meetings or massive demonstrations are (sic) shareholder meetings..”
This memo goes on to suggest new and unusual ways to harass Fox News : “detailed opposition research” on the network’s staff and executives, attacks against Fox News employees on Face book and other social media, mailing anti Fox News literature to their homes and placing “yard signs and outdoor advertising in their neighborhoods.”
At one point Frisch suggests putting “a mole inside of” the network.
The cloak-and-dagger tactics seemed to make Frisch jumpy. “Fox is likely to retaliate,” he wrote. Media Matters should find “ways to protect the privacy of our employees and the security of our office.”
Fox Nation makes clear, One central requirement before an organization like Media Matters can achieve the gold-standard nonprofit status–known by its place in the tax code, Section 501 (c) (3)–is that it may not “attempt to influence legislation as a substantial part of its activities ” or “participate in any campaign activity for or against political candidates.”
The Daily Caller 02/15/2012 – Media Matters tax-exempt status may face new scrutiny from Congress.
According to C. Boyden Gray, White House Counsel under George H. Bush, Media ‘ tax-exempt status, combined with its campaign against Fox News, amounts to taxpayers subsidizing broadsides directed at the cable news channel.
Gray also argued that Media Matters ‘ political activities are unique and differentiate it from similar research organizations on the right.
“The Heritage (Foundation) and the Media Research Center provide material , as does Media Matters, to networks about alleged factual inaccuracies,” Gray said. “That’s completely fair game and everybody does that. But I don’t think any of these other ones target individuals or engages in what is political training.”
The political training Gray refers to is the Media Matters “Progressive Talent Initiative,” a program designed to instruct left-leaning pundits on how to effectively bring the liberal gospel to the airwaves.”
In conclusion, after examining the insightful facts put forth by the Daily Caller and the individuals quoted herein, the Internal Revenue Service has no other option but to revoke the tax-exempt status on Media Matters.
The American people should be outraged at the White House staff and the President himself for being participants in this flagrant violation of public trust.