“The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock, Media Matters’ chairman and founder and a former conservative journalist, adding that the group’s main aim had been to challenge the factual claims of the channel and to attempt to prevent them from reaching the mainstream media.
The new strategy, he said, is a “war on Fox.” [emphasis mine]
Do you think a war on Fox is where it will end? Let’s say that Media Matters succeeds and Fox News goes off the air (that won’t happen – ever – but just for argument’s sake, stay with me). Will Media Matters just pack up and go home? Is Fox News the only outlet that Media Matters covers? Certainly not. They cover Rush Limbaugh incessantly as well as make numerous posts about what happens on Big sites (like this one) and cover a whole array of other conservative outlets. The “war on Fox” is not the end, it’s the beginning.
Frankly, I don’t care that Media Matters declared a war on Fox News. I don’t care that they simply use their site as an outlet to regurgitate talking points from the White House under the guise of “fact checking” conservative media. I DO care that they do this while being considered a tax-exempt charitable organization. Media Matters enjoys a comfy 501(c)(3) status which not only is a vehicle for them not to pay taxes, it gives them a “charitable organization” status and allows others (like Soros) to give large amounts of money while being able to make a deduction on their own taxes.
This war won’t end here.
Media Matters is only just beginning to go after the any media outlet that disagrees with their ideology. Media Matters barely “fact checks” intellectual arguments made by conservative media, because they have little interest in arguing the issues. Media Matters goal is to silence their opponents. David Brock, CEO of Media Matters, is quoted above as saying he’s starting a “war”. War indicates victory, victory by wiping out your enemy. We’ve seen them bully advertisers in order to silence their opposition by dehumanizing their opponents.
It’s time to end this madness and win this war. Media Matters charitable status has to go. Many others have echoed this sentiment and I have a few ideas on what you can do:
So What Can You Do?
We go after the problem – Media Matters’ tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Again, the problem is not Media Matters’ ideology. The problem isn’t even that they promote their ideology, talking points for the White House, and attack – with intent to silence – the ideology of anyone who disagrees. The problem is that Media Matters does all of this while enjoying the benefits of a 501(c)(3)status! Their work is not charitable, it is inflammatory. Their work is not educating the masses, but rather propagandizing them with “facts” that are either blatant falsehoods or opinions. Other websites do this every day (we’d be happy to provide a list) and they don’t need a 501(c)(3) status to do it. This type of work is not deserving of a tax-exempt status.
Below is a list of activities that the IRS considers merit an investigation of a charitable organization: