Saturday, March 26, 2011

Revoke Media Matters' 501(c)(3)

Here's an interesting story today by Brandon Kiser at The Right Sphere via Ed Morrisey at Hot Air:

Media Matters really enjoys branding itself as an arbiter of truth designed to correct lies and misinformation from conservatives that they perceive is occurring in the US media.

Of course, we all know better than that. They’re no more than a Fox News bashing robot – and a bad one at that. Well, today Media Matters admitted to it’s real goal: waging “War on Fox” and the GOP. From Politico:
The liberal group Media Matters has quietly transformed itself in preparation for what its founder, David Brock, described in an interview as an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel.
States Brock:
“Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press,” its memo says. “Fox News 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.”

Two points, the second one first. Here we see one of the classic, Gramscian tactics the left has used for decades to transform their phony argumentation: the redefinition of terms. To even the relatively uninformed, Fox is indeed a news organization, like it or not. But in one fell swoop, without any supporting facts, Brock now declares that it is NOT a news organization, presumably because it generally (although not nearly always) supports the Republican argument.

Not only absurd on its face, Brock's organization itself, along with the rest of the discredited MSM, defeats his own argument since the MSM, lock, stock, and barrel, is in the tank for the Democrat-left at all times, and unapologetically so. If it's fair game to unilaterally redefine Fox news as the "de facto leader of the GOP," then it's also fair game to redefine the entirety of the MSM as the "de facto leader of the Democrat Party," and wage guerrilla war against them as well. Which, of course, is something Brock will never do, since Media Matters is, was, and always will be an organization by, for, and of the Democrat left.

Which brings us to our A-list argument, suggested here by Kiser but promoted by us for a long, long time:
The cutesy-sounding mission of Media Matters to “correct conservative misinformation” is no longer even remotely appropriate. No, MMFA is a political group with $10 million-plus in annual funding designed to wage war against Fox News, and in their eyes the GOP and conservatives as a whole.

Because of this, Media Matters should reconsider their 501(c)(3) status which is designated for religious, charitable, scientific, literary, or educational purposes. MMFA no longer meets any of these qualifiers (it’s arguable they never [sic] did) and under the banner of waging a war against Fox News and the GOP puts them in an entirely different zip code.
Yep. As the anti-Nixonians in the 1970s used to love to say, "Follow the money." The epic scandal over the last 50 or so years has been the long-march of the left through America's key institutions, another key element in the Gramscian strategy to take over the national narrative, or cultural hegemony, in order to divert it toward Gramsci's longed-for new world (Marxist) order. And one of the best ways of controlling the narrative is to make sure only one thread of it--the socialist thread--is heard while all other voices are shut down and shut out. (BTW, Brandon, surely your suggestion that Media Matters "reconsider" their tax status was meant ironically, right?)

In addition to their obvious control of the MSM, however, the left has taken over a key piece of funding machinery via intentionally subverting a key element in the U.S. Tax Code: the 501(c)(3) "charitable" organization. You name it. Organizations from AARP to the Sierra Club, from Greenpeace to the Ford Foundation, once perfectly respectable, tax-exempt organizations have been taken over, one by one. And now, along with the public-employee unions who are desperately trying to overturn the results of the 2010 elections, they're all united in using their tax-favored status to massively fund the final destruction of the USA and its basically two-party structure by eliminating the opposing view.

Such activities are clearly partisan and political and thus openly and notoriously violate the intent of the tax code re: 502(c)(3) organizations, all of which are specifically prohibited from undertaking political activities.

Life, of course, is rarely simple. Any number of 501(c)(3) organizations exploit loopholes in the law allowing them to own certain subsidiaries. And it's via these subsidiaries that the politicking is carried on in at least some of these organizations. All this is another story, probably a lot of other stories.

But the main point here is that Brock has exposed Media Matters for what it was always intended to be--a phony, astroturfing political organization dedicated to smearing and ultimately stamping out any political point of view that bothers Democrats, trade unions, trial lawyers, or the Soros-led (and funded) billionaire leftocracy.

It's time to employ a simple two-step program here: First, work as if your life depended on it to gain Republican (and hopefully Tea Party) control of the Senate and the White House in 2012 while retaining a commanding Republican lead in the House. And second: use that control to defund the left by enacting:
  • Tort reform to throttle the costly predations of America's Trial Lawyers
  • Union reform to bar public employee unions at the state and national level
  • Revoking the 501(c)(3) status of all such organizations that are funding, either openly or covertly (via cleverly interlocking subsidiaries) political activities in violation of this statute. Such revocations would probably have to include some re-writing of the code to close the loopholes, but it needs to be done and done soon.
If we're to retain even a shred of the Founding Fathers' intentions for this great country, we are going to have to make a concerted effort to "follow the (leftists') money." By turning off, one by one, the illegal dollar spigots to these subversive bastards, we can start to bring the political argument back toward right of center where most Americans have always comfortably resided. But we'd better start soon.


dave in boca said...

Excellent analysis of the parasitic beasts hiding under tax free status that are eating away at the very underpinnings of democracy. What used to be called "the marketplace of ideas" is now undercut by a constant barrage against the good faith of the opponent---often accusing Fox, for instance, of slanting the news the way the three alphabet networks tend to do [when they can get away with it, an important qualifier].

You didn't emphasize the battalions of legal organizations which are quick to subpoena e-mails and sue GOP politicos---a multi-pronged attack which drove Sarah Palin from office and I wonder if the tax status of these organizations makes them exempt. Another example: a lawsuit demanding Gov. Walker's e-mails was instigated with full hue and cry. A few days later, a Univ. of Wisconsin professor's e-mails were also subpoenaed after a partisan attack on Walker on the NYT Op-Ed page. The hypocrites on the left immediately shrieked about academic freedom, seemingly oblivious to the double standard that the Left has toward advancing its agenda. Gramsci is a good place to start and the ancient Alinsky's code, which Hillary Clinton did her senior thesis on at Wellesley, should also be memorized by every thinking Republican. Remember that the Republican Party is still the party of principles, [at least in theory]. and ideas---the Democrats have only hysteria and special pleading and moving goalposts in their court. Subterfuge is their chief skill and the average American isn't cynical or perceptive enough to not take them at face value.

Indeed, if the Democrats didn't have double standards, they'd have no standards at all.

Wonker said...

Thanks for your wise comments, Dave. My entry describes just the tip of a very large iceberg here that starts with Stalin and Gramsci and ends with Alinsky and Obama. Lots has gone on inbetween with the collusion of a significant phalanx of far-left lawyers. It's hard for the average citizen to follow this twisted path. It's deliberately complex, and a number of "facts" in the evidence trail can only be inferred by circumstantial evidence, so thoroughly to the lefty conspirators hide their tracks and hold to their code of silence.

I'm hoping more people are waking up before it's too late. But I am afraid that younger Americans, having been robbed of a real education, may no longer have the logical capacity to see what's going on and how complex and deep this deadly scam really is.

Thanks again.