Media Matters for America

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Media Matters for America is a liberal smear organization created by the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, with a goal to highlight what it considers conservative misinformation in mass media organizations. Primarily, they target prominent conservative public officials, public television personalities, Fox News, and conservative talk radio. Some claim they were instrumental in lobbying for the firing of Don Imus,[1] whom they considered a moderate for endorsing John Kerry for president in 2004.[2] Imus was targeted by the liberal left for criticizing Senator Charles Schumer and most notably, the constant rebuke of former First Lady and at the time Senator Hillary Clinton.

Founding

Since 2004, Media Matters has monitored conservative media and attacked high-profile conservatives with provocative language. In addition, it is often accused of using out-of-context quote mining. It is headed by David Brock, a former conservative who claims he made up stories about such people as Anita Hill, who charged Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas with sexual harassment during Thomas’s confirmation hearings. Brock developed a relationship in the 1990s with then-First Lady Hillary Clinton's press aide, Neel Lattimore, and came out of the closet, announcing he was a homosexual and joining the liberal cause. Brock later hired Lattimore at Media Matters as director of "special projects."

Brock is a self-proclaimed fabricator of lies who strong-armed sources that didn’t agree with him.[3] While writing Blinded by the Right,[4] Brock was hospitalized in a mental facility where he spent time in a "quiet room" and "had delusions, he thought people were trying to kill him," according to the Drudge Report.[5]

Brock outlined his lies and conversion to liberalism in his 2002 book, Blinded By The Right. He launched Media Matters in 2004 after conferring with Hillary Clinton.

“David Brock has invented a new form of political organization: a tax-exempt group that is subsidized by taxpayers while Brock gets to spew his hate/smears,” said Anthony “Andy” Martin, a journalist suing Brock & Media Matters for defamation.

Jamison Foser is described on the Media Matters website as having "served as Research Director at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) for the 2002 cycle" and is one of several staffers with connections to the faction of Democratic Party linked to the Clintons.

Glenn Thrush of Newsday has reported very close ties between Brock and the Hillary Clinton campaign, noting that Hillary "advised Brock" on creating his organization. He added, "For her part, Clinton's extended family of contributors, consultants and friends has played a pivotal role in helping Media Matters grow from a $3.5 million start-up in 2004 to its current $8.5 million budget."[6] While speaking at a Daily Kos event; Hillary Clinton bragged about her role regarding [7]


institutions that I helped to start and support like Media Matters and Center for American Progress.

Financial information

For 2009, Media Matters of America showed assets of $2,774,565 and income of $6,711,993.[8]

Since its inception, they've received over $40 million dollars in contributions from several sources including wealthy liberal activists such as George Soros[9] and hedge funds[10]. Left-wing foundations have also been a rich source of funding as well, accounting for over $17 million in donations. Below are the list of foundations who've helped to fund Media Matters over the years. The data is culled from publicly available tax filings made by these foundations as of October 25, 2011.

Top Foundations Donating Funds to Media Matters for America Operations (> $50,000):[11]

Foundation Amount Donated to Media Matters
1. Bohemian Foundation $2,325,000
2. Ford Foundation $1,945,000
3. Dyson Foundation $1,450,000
4. Gill Foundation $1,150,000
5. Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation $1,125,000
6. Tides Foundation $946,276
7. Bauman Familly Foundation $600,000
8. Schumann Center for Media and Democracy $600,000
9. Leland Fikes Foundation $500,000
10. Silicon Valley Community Foundation $428,000
11. Gruber Family Foundation $400,000
12. Joyce Foundation $400,000
13. Marisla Foundation $370,000
14. Boston Foundation (aka TBF) $305,000
15. Lewis B. & Dorothy Cullman Foundation $300,000
16. Glaser Progress Foundation $300,000
17. Marin Community Foundation $300,000
18. Lotus Foundation $280,000
19. Dallas Foundation $250,000
20. Schooner Foundation $234,717
21. Mai Family Foundation $225,000
22. McKay Foundation $225,000
23. Bernard and Audre Rapoport Foundation $175,000
24. Johnson Family Foundation $155,000
25. Goatie Foundation $150,000
26. Pritzker Family Foundation $150,000
27. Wasserman Foundation $150,000
28. BayTree Fund $110,000
29 Kanter Family Foundation $108,000
30. Proteus Fund $95,000
31. Dwoskin Family Foundation $87,500
32. Barbara Lee Family Foundation $80,000
33. J.M. Kaplan Fund $77,500
34. Furman Foundation $75,000
35. Murphy Family Foundation $75,000
36. Sagner Family Foundation $65,000
37. Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (aka RPA) $60,000
38. Wallace Global Fund $60,000
39. AG Foundation (aka Agnes Gund Foundation) $55,000
40. Lear Family Foundation $55,000
41. Barbra Streisand Foundation $55,000
42. Greater Kansas City Community Foundation (aka GKCCF) $51,000
43. Carnegie Corporation $50,000
44. Daniel Neidich & Brooke Gerber Foundation $50,000
45. Park Foundation $50,000

References

  1. How Hillary's Hit Man Got Imus, Cliff Kincaid, April 17, 2007.
  2. Video: Tammy Bruce exposes far-left outlets’ hit list on everyone to their right, FOX News, April 17, 2007.
  3. Media Matters: Defaming Journalists, Getting Sued, by Catherine Moy, Human Events, 05/15/2007.
  4. Slime-master: inside the `vast right-wing conspiracy' - Blinded by the Right: The Conscience of an Ex-Conservative - Book Review, Christian Century, Nov 6, 2002 by Gary Dorrien.
  5. Moy, Human Events.
  6. AIM Report: Hillary's Hit Man Strikes Again, Accuracy in Media, June 19, 2007.
  7. Hillary Clinton Told YearlyKos Convention She Helped Start Media Matters" News Busters, October 1st, 2007
  8. Media Matters 990 tax filings, 2003 - 2009
  9. "Soros gives $1 million to Media Matters", Politico.com October 20, 2010
  10. "If I Take Down Fox, Is All Forgiven?", By Jason Zengerle, New York Magazine, May 22, 2011
  11. Guidestar database of IRS filings filed by non-profit organizations

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