It’s official. There have been whispers in recent days, but George Soros decided to go public today. He’s giving Media Matters a million bucks. Why? Because FOX News and Glenn Beck must be stopped!
In a statement released today by Soros and Media Matters:
“Despite repeated assertions to the contrary by various Fox News commentators, I have not to date been a funder of Media Matters,” Soros said. “However, in view of recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence, I have now decided to support the organization. Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.”
As Politico reported:
Soros figured prominently in the conspiracy theory that allegedly drove convicted felon Byron Williams to arm himself and set out to kill staffers at the Soros-funded Tides Foundation the ACLU this summer. Although Williams said he had first heard of the theory from other sources, he told Media Matters in a jailhouse interview that Glenn Beck was a “schoolteacher” who “blew my mind” on such topics. He told the interviewer to watch Beck’s June shows to get more information about Tides.
On Friday, Drummond Pike, the founder and CEO of the Tides Foundation, said “there will be blood on many hands” if the next assassin succeed, and called for a network-wide advertiser boycott of Fox News in response to Beck’s rhetoric. This morning Media Matters launched a website to join the effort.
Might we remind readers that Mr. Soros has donated money to, among many other organizations, the Tides Foundation.
Tides has given more than $2 million to Media Matters over the last five years. Tides also gave $51,000 last year to Velvet Revolution – the same organization we just wrote about last week that was founded by a convicted domestic terrorist.