The New Book-Burners: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend Teams With David Brock For Fundraising

Former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is teaming up with Media Matters for America founder David Brock to form a new group to raise big bucks for Democrats in an effort to compete with Republicans.

Kennedy Townsend is remembered by conservatives for her role in pursuing Linda Tripp, the whistleblower in the Monica Lewinsky scandal. She has long since joined forces with Media Matters, the book-burners of our day, who seek to drive all shred of conservative political opinion out of public discourse.

Of course, Brock and Kennedy Townsend know how marginal their views are: they fully expect 2012 to be a “disaster” without more big money on the Democrat side:

Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, who is positioning herself to be a major player in the Democratic Party’s 2012 fundraising efforts, pledged that a new group she is forming will help Democrats “compete dollar to dollar” with Republicans over the next two years. Townsend has teamed up with David Brock, founder of the liberal media watchdog Web site, Media Matters, to form American Bridge, a group that aims to be a counterweight to right-leaning organizations such as American Crossroads and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which spent millions to support conservative candidates and causes in 2010.

Brock is known for his willingness to go to any lengths to pursue Fox News, while Media Matters has also been trying to become a partisan force by having its often dubious content picked up by outside media outlets. MMfA’s war on Fox has caused some to question the outlet’s tax-exempt status, according to the Washington Examiner:

To that end, Brock told Politico that MM will “focus on [News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch and trying to disrupt his commercial interests …” Murdoch is the founder of Fox News and a media titan with newspaper, broadcast, Internet and other media countries around the world. There is nothing in the Politico article to suggest that Brock, who was paid just under $300,000 in 2009, according to the group’s most recently available tax return, plans to ask the IRS to change his organization’s tax status as a 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation.

Media Matters has largely discredited itself, but is occasionally successful when it can work through left-wing fellow travelers in the mainstream media. John Nolte’s recent Big Journalism piece, Media Matters: The Unpaid Research Department of Politico provides an example of how MMfA’s propaganda can influence mainstream coverage when the group is given special attention.

With Brock becoming more linked to electoral politics through his new fundraising and dissemination effort with Kennedy Townsend, Media Matters might provide a convenient way to disseminate candidate-related content with direct political ramifications–all under the cover of its alleged “non-partisan” status.

Brock’s new, direct connection to big money in politics through American Bridge, combined with his influence through those mainstream media organizations willing to push any and all kinds of left-wing political propaganda, suggests Media Matters will continue to warrant close scrutiny going forward.