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Inside the Disinformation Machine

A Look at the Left’s New Media Operation
By Matthew Sheffield and Noel Sheppard

Summary: If you think the media has a
liberal bias today, wait until you see what
the left has in store for America’s future.
Extremist billionaires, “netroots” activists,
and nonprofit pressure groups are creating a
new media network. Through blog journal-
ism, they aim to discredit the media outposts
of the right while remaking the Internet in
their own image.

here is no argument that over the last
30 years American journalism has
become increasingly powerful and
pervasive. There is no escaping the modern
media: It functions 24 hours a day, seven days
a week, and is constantly updating online.
The daily newspaper and the “nightly news”
on TV are outmoded concepts that are losing
readers and viewers—and profits.

There is also no argument that American
journalists are liberals. Thirty years’ worth
How the radical left covers the Democratic Party convention in Denver: Reporter
of polling data and opinion surveys clearly
Jeremy Scahill interviews former U.S. Army officer Ann Wright on August 24 at a pre-
demonstrate this fact. Journalists say they convention anti-war rally. Scahill also interviewed activists Ward Churchill, Cindy
are liberals, they vote for liberal political Sheehan, and Leslie Cagan for the left-wing TV and radio program, “Democracy
candidates, voice what are considered lib- Now!” (photo from video grab)
eral opinions and reject what are considered
conservative positions on political and social vative and libertarian thought to the nether
issues. The liberal leanings of journalists regions of media and curbing the political
are well documented. (For more on media power of the right. September 2008
bias, see
BiasBasics.pdf.) The Left’s Money Men Push a New CONTENTS
Communications Strategy
Despite the fact that liberals dominate the In the modern age, the American left has Inside the Disinformation Machine
highest-profile journalistic institutions in primarily received its funding from a com- Page 1
America, this isn’t enough to many on the far bination of labor unions and a small group
left. Through a complex network of wealthy of extremely wealthy individuals bent on
foundations, think tanks and web sites, the imposing their political beliefs on the rest Philanthropy Notes
far left is creating a new media infrastructure of the populace, often to benefit their own Page 8
with the ultimate goal of banishing conser- business interests. In contrast, the American

One of the pivotal figures in this weren’t considered important players epiphany was a former Clinton administra. in 2004. but to restore. and the donors existed Gore and John Kerry. in the Democratic universe. a kind of political and this was not an accident. No Democrat political agenda. In mid-2004 was suggesting. his friend Progres. over federal power. (See “Bil- ters to the editor. donors to build their own ideological Foundation Watch movement (indeed. Big donors was not a better party apparatus or stron- high-worth individuals. liberal frustration led to the creation politicians. it had tilted to the right the Democracy Alliance. They needed to build The net effect of such funding divisions independent groups that could create and the savings and loan tycoons Herbert and has been that candidates farther to the left promote a progressive agenda—not for Marion Sandler and other prominent figures. over the last thirty years. Rob was arguing. It not that the whole system should essentially Publisher: Terrence Scanlon only outlined why the left was failing but. Americans would for so much of the twentieth century. some ideological balance to the where most Americans lived. such as George Soros. held a seeming lock on presidential power due politics may not be the best way to enact a to its solid middle-class base. They would have to increase Long-Distance: (800) 459-3950 imagined the nation’s politics as a gauge their giving to left-wing ideologues.FoundationWatch right has generally drawn its sustenance The financiers of the left were forced to Democrats needed. new. Despite massively increasing the size were best for America. meanwhile. of its financial pool. almost by Stein. the left-wing billionaires took if the contributors didn’t give money the U. was no messages. What Foundation Watch. but never had it been so carefully The money men realized that while elec- quantified. Gradually. was Editor: Matthew Vadum to select audiences of wealthy liberals.W. Something more represented a fairly radical departure message has frustrated its theorists and fundamental would have to occur before from the static way in which Democratic donors for many years but especially follow. rather than the other way around. it explained that the left could learn from the conservative movement. from the middle class with some help from reexamine their assumptions. Lewis. None of what Rob was saying about the since Lyndon Johnson has received a majority conservative movement was terribly of the popular vote. message machine. Bush as their lavish homes for the same purpose. work in reverse—that it was up to the amazingly. 26-27) Address: “Conservatives hadn’t simply learned 1513 16th Street. now that Democrats Stein began presenting a dramatic slideshow had been consigned to the minority. liberals needed to imitate them: from them. so tightly packaged. but their own version of a sive Insurance chairman Peter B. waged and funded by a relatively small lionaires for Big Government: What’s Next Reprints are available for $2. ger candidates. DC 20036-1480 to win elections. After Kerry conceded simply to serve the interests of those a more radical transformation of the media.) 2 September 2008 . this project could mean Washington. Rob’s argument a much longer process. Elected leaders and their one requiring massive capital investments consultants directed wealthy patrons to of a fake map that mocked right-of-center in institutions that would create a media give to a series of campaigns or party America. It was the venture capital fund that now invests heavily Organization Trends welcomes let.50 pre. the purpose of winning the next election tend to do better at the legislative level of especially in Silicon Valley and Hollywood. January 2008. moving from far left to far right. the left’s base of big donors created http://www. that they were the is published by Capital Research As chronicled by journalist Matt Bai in his book The Argument. number of wealthy white men whose for George Soros’s Democracy Alliance. or to hold fund-raisers at that voted for President George W.) tion official named Rob Stein. “Jesusland. If you the initiative. 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Because ing the 2000 and 2004 presidential election could convince the public that their ideas Democrats had been the majority party losses. result of a deliberate.” was widely imperceptibly. (See graphic on page 3. or the one after that. only real political allegiance was to a by Matthew Vadum and James Dellinger. and that the Center. the left was not able to first have to grow accustomed to left-wing their leading politicians had always secure the White House for candidates Al political messages—and that would require run the party. The right. Prompted by Soros and informed Web Site: longer in the middle.” A graphic showing a map of Ironically.capitalresearch. 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hosts the web server for 2006 Democracy Now! received a $150. radicals upset by mainstream media coverage ably the most significant progressive news to revitalize democracy.S. a University has since expanded and works with many of Illinois media scholar.8 million in contributions from 2001 National Public Radio. The nonprofit took in $2. Then there is Free Speech TV (FSTV). Still.S. Host Amy Goodman rails end net assets of $137. which ences that prepare them for future positions runs Pacifica Radio. 4 September 2008 . For its program content FSTV relies heav- $7. The show has a loyal following on excluded from the corporate-owned media. March 2005. However. however. one of the The foundation owns five stations across television to expand social consciousness. station’s mission as “[s]eizing the power of which operates Indymedia.” The IAC website states: chine is not. see “The Politics of Nova M Radio. Indymedia the country and funds the radio and and political transforma- for far left activists.0 publications. imperialism abroad is to wage an all liberals have repeatedly tried to create their a satellite-based television station whose out assault against the centuries-old war on own talk radio stations. using an email group discussion mainstream media are tools of a corporate list.693 and year.550 at the end of fiscal 2005. which was founded by Air on public access channels and the DISH Peace: What’s Behind the Anti-War Move- America executives. providing commentary broadcast on NPR and many college radio tion. earliest Web 2. FSTV identifies as its “part- connected that’s because it is. War If all of this sounds very haphazard but inter- Profiteers. both play a role National Public Radio (NPR) has been a in keeping radical activists informed and source of left-wing news and commentary.921 in grants from ports online. age of events. While liberal talk show hosts struggle to far left groups. FSTV carries a video version search Center published in 2005. have thus far failed Network since 2000. co-founder of the radical films produced in collaboration with other anti-war group Code Pink. IMC time. By exposing the public to perspectives and announcements.973. it disclosed on its fiscal 2005 tax ing is seldom available to young people on return. updates and live cover- stations. are radical left-wing websites that allow their “Democracy Now!” promotes extreme “members” to post text. Out of $14. restricted to the web. In any event. Tierney. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit online media “collectives” worldwide. a team argues that politicians of both parties and the 2001 through 2004. radical documentaries and higher-budget Medea Benjamin.S. ily on the Independent Media Center (IMC). IMC was started in 1999 by the far left and in academia.” said Robert McChesney. in 2005.FoundationWatch Broadcast Media for Media and Democracy. FSTV is operated by the nonprofit Public Communicators. These reported revenues of $5. and the Media That Love Them On its website.507 of the total consisted of Liberal journalist Bill Moyers in a 2002 government grants. In Racism) and Global Exchange. Although two recent programs are distributed at no cost to cable people of color living within U. The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians.425 in fiscal 2005. involved. the best-known radio with multimedia and journalism jobs. accord. anti-imperialist. the far Probably few people currently watch FSTV left has grabbed hold of millions in taxpayer programming. programming. audio. and to build a more compassionate world.000 steering committee is headed by former U.303. Goodman co-authored with her by Rob Glaser. is PBS pundit Bill Moyers.499. Air America Radio and systems and satellite carriers.) The far mercial left-wing talk radio inspires liberal of “Democracy Now!” along with various left group Global Exchange was founded by broadcasters and listeners. Inc. Its website describes the find a niche on commercial radio. and video re- left opinions. the dream of com. Among its donors are the Glaser Progress Foundation (endowed of editors. seminate on the Indymedia website. part of the Seattle-based ing to Pacifica treasurer Jabari Zakiya.524. That kind of network- to 2004. Amy Goodman was paid at least $1 ners” the radical antiwar group International it has no centralized organization. $1. When Indymedia receives these against invisible capitalist conspiracies and often bizarre and outrageous materials. brother David Goodman. CEO of RealNetworks) and the Tides Foundation. IMC boasts that (2004). For years Pacifica Radio. many IMC sites (an arrangement acknowl- matching grant from the Schumann Center attorney general Ramsey Clark. Available (For more on ANSWER.728. ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Riseup Networks. FSTV empowers citizens to fight injustices.” of their street rioting during a Seattle confer- institution that has come around in some ence of the World Trade Organization. economic. Organization to turn a profit they have inspired several comply with a 1998 FCC ruling requiring Trends. who also edged by Riseup’s Micah Anderson in a July heads the International Action Center (IAC). million a year from 2002 to 2007. “I think it’s prob. The article summarized hundred thousand people a day to listen satellite operators to air community access a book by the same name that Capital Re- to their offerings. U. whose president which describes itself as “anti-capitalist and The left’s finely-tuned media message ma. FSTV was created to ment?” by John J.” commercial efforts. FSTV fuels the movement for progressive serves as a virtual information clearinghouse sion show “Democracy Now!” which is also social. but more than a few listen to dollars to support nonprofit radio. experi- nonprofit is the Pacifica Foundation. The foundation took in so-called mainstream media outlets like in $56. It reported net assets of photograph. ANSWER’s Riseup Collective.663 in contributions the right. “We also believe that best [sic] way to fight Long envious of conservative talk radio. borders. They also provide young radicals But besides NPR. reviews them and decides which to dis- ruling class.

its journalists also saw blogs as valuable barom.indymedia. For instance.) It’s interesting to note that many emailing their reactions. It turns passive readers into active users who habits. after Republicans won control of both houses of Congress. increased his salary and partnered with Air provides a steady stream of news reports. according to its fiscal 2006 tax return.616. 2008 online post at http://lists. includes former national economic adviser Eager to boost viewership. this ap. wife of former Senator January 2008 survey by Brodeur Partners. (See “The Center for American passing them along without informing view- Progress: ‘Think Tank On Steroids.) but its donors can take a tax deduction by This is no accident: Both work for a network giving money through its fiscal sponsor.241 in donations from 2002 through 2005. Organization Trends. Like a unit of Omnicom Group. Last month September 2008 5 . His goal: To rival the Heritage Foundation David Brock of Media Matters for America by wedding policy writing to cutting-edge media strategies. Gizzi. That’s the finding of a “Special Comment” rants attacking Republi- Elizabeth Edwards. Seventy-six percent of surveyed ing a Nazi “Sieg Heil” salute. Podesta concluded that win- ning elections was not enough to control the country. a CAP. MSNBC’s hard left org/pipermail/imc-finance/2008-July/0707. whose executives have made a deliberate de- the Urbana-Champaign Independent Media proach has proved extremely effective for cision to gain viewers by repositioning their Center. denouncing Capitol Hill staffers and journalists. May 2007. Washington Post and New York Times have executives noticed that Olbermann’s con- come to count on blogs as an essential part stant attacks on Fox News Channel host Bill CAP’s roster of policy experts reads like of their newsgathering operations. In 2003. They’ve heavily marketed blog community which eters of public and elite opinion. Think Progress plays into these journalistic gramming on the radio network. Seventy-one percent of Daily Kos to create blog articles. Blogs: How CAP Helps Set the Agenda One powerful disseminator of liberal opinion is the Center for American Progress (CAP). and ditional newsroom. The Urbana-Champaign group. former Senate Majority Blogs are now pervasive within the tra. Olbermann’s online community with Think Progress. Olbermann its policy studies and political analyses to journalists surveyed say they read blogs at has continued to attack O’Reilly. That year it reported revenues of $182.898 and year-end net assets of $108. headed by former Clinton chief of staff John Podesta. and linking it to other from Think Progress (and other liberal blogs) charities. analyses and rapid responses. websites. Podesta set up CAP with $20 million in seed money from George Soros and the former mortgage moguls Herb and Marion Sandler. Like Rob Stein and George Soros. As a public relations strategy. Olbermann has Gene Sperling. largely because traditional journalists last-place TV channel as the network of choice 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. took in from TV networks and newspapers like the for Bush haters. forwarding blog host Chris Matthews routinely lift stories IMC chapters are registered 501(c)(3) public postings to friends. cans. least once a week and nearly 50% said they him as the “worst person in the world” and valued them as a source for breaking news donning a Bill O’Reilly mask while mak- But CAP also taps directly into the liberal reporting. the worldwide He has also partnered up with the liberal blog the Heritage Foundation.html. Indymedia itself lacks tax-exempt status. are encouraged to respond to its content by anchorman Keith Olbermann and “Hardball” 7r. The left’s media machine is driven by activ- ists who claim that they are ignored by the “corporate media. MSNBC bosses don’t mind a bit. especially of the conservative variety.” But many independent media producers receive help from important nonprofits and wealthy foundations such as the Soros-endowed Sundance Institute and Bill Moyers’s Schumann Center.’” by John ers of their dubious provenance. America Radio to air some of their TV pro- commentaries. This came after MSNBC $751. FoundationWatch 7. continued to pander to the far left by adding Leader Tom Daschle (D-South Dakota). a Clinton administration Who’s Who and many on the right have not yet realized. CAP distributes marketing firm. something O’Reilly boosted his ratings. John Edwards (D-North Carolina).

the full context of Limbaugh’s comments of the partisan press…ProPublica’s Web pathetic reporters and pundits to promote and emailed a doctored transcript to left.365. however.” have arguably profited from homeowners’ Soros-Funded Watchdog Attacks Conser. He prefaced his in attacking conservatives. 6 September 2008 . Lewis. Instead. opinion. site vows that its investigations will be far-left messages to the mainstream media leaning journalists.” by Rondi Adamson.” This no doubt means articles attacking Soros or his Open Society Institute. CAP. the group denies that it is funded by ask the question. outlets and to give young liberal students the who deviates from the liberal talking point als. “If you could actually see the video. $1. How happy will Beck. A prestigious journalistic train- and waved his fingers furiously to imitate approach—persuading young journalists ing ground much-esteemed in academia.450.FoundationWatch MSNBC gave Air America talker Rachel hysterical viewers who were forwarding an that good journalism is the same as left-wing Maddow her own prime time program. using outfit funded by the Sandler Family Support- Media Matters is financed by ing Foundation ($1. Unlike some on the left. Its role syndicated radio show later in the week. (See http://radioequal. loan. MMA mounted a pressure environment. and the Center for American Factory machine.” Limbaugh was not attack- elite press is cowed by “conservative mis. items/200803050008.) The controversy earned the fortune they’re giving away. Media Mat. campaign to get the Defense Department to remove Limbaugh from a military broadcast. Limbaugh continues broadcasting blind eye to the results.) president of the liberal Pew Charitable Trusts. the irritates extreme liberals who dislike hearing nal Democrats. Pro Publica. troops-controversy-media. a new nonprofit journalism former conservative journalist David Brock. (See http:// $1.523 in fiscal 2007. these groups pay journalists to write Almost Media Matters: Character Assassination That didn’t matter to the left-wing smear Media Matters.” Beck said on his nationally force. July 2007. donors are Herb and Marion Sandler. ing American troops in Iraq. Olbermann’s ammunition sertions. post is available at http://mediamatters. distress. adhering to the strict- and to attempt to force right-leaning media izer. idea Beck clearly believed was ridiculous.’s the press whenever it strays from liberal because obviously the truth doesn’t matter. Media military credentials to bolster their anti-war compatible with ProPublica’s journalistic Matters attacks journalists for questioning arguments.’ figures out of the public debate. other left-wing ing is the Columbia Graduate School of question with a melodramatic tone of voice media groups adopt a more high-minded Journalism. and Progressive Insurance chairman proposes to sustain “investigative journalism Peter B. when he asked a guest whether Democratic serves on the group’s board. Inc.000 in fiscal 2007). It edited out millions? Perhaps to return us to the days conjunction with liberal blogs. one of the few conservatives outside and last month celebrated his 20th year of they be if ProPublica gores their sacred the Fox News Channel (FNC) who hosts his national syndication. reported revenues of Working with Think Progress. ing service for troops press critic Jack Shafer wondered information. especially those who transcript of the show. Financed by the same billionaire do- nors who contribute to Democracy Alliance. 2008 and implied that he was being serious go-after-limbaugh-2007-10-01. (The Think Progress post is available training to be the journalists of the est standards of journalistic impartiality. In May 2006 they fortuitously sold vatives. to Wachovia for $25. Together with congressio. Rebecca Rimel.blogspot. Media Matters does controversy by falsely claiming that Rush which had foolishly acquired Golden West’s not claim that the national press corps has a Limbaugh called anti-war Iraq veterans adjustable rate mortgage portfolio. despite Beck’s deni. Neither website retracted its as. Foundation This is not the first time Media Matters Golden West. (See “Media Matters for America: but even more…it is so very predictable. nor did Olbermann who parroted stories that will be picked up by larger media for his attacks on O’Reilly and anyone else them the same day. 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a GOP strategist involved in the 2004 Swift Boat effort against John Kerry. Jay Hein an- nounced his resignation effective August 29. It is unclear who will succeed him. the IRS has published final instructions for the redesigned Form 990. The donor intent lawsuit by Susan Hender- son Montgomery asks the court to enforce the conditions of Newcomb’s will. is challenging Tulane University’s decision to shutter the college.S. 8 September 2008 . Libyan-born Emadeddin Muntasser. government. The Boston resident was one of three men convicted of conspiring to trick the U. which has undergone its first major overhaul since 1979. national memo- rial.FoundationWatch PhilanthropyNotes Tom Matzzie. Janne agitator who headed the failed Progressive Media USA pressure group. Massachusetts Care International (not affiliated with CARE International). plans to send a warning letter to conservative donors that says left- wing watchdog groups will cause them legal trouble and public exposure. the informational form that most charities are required to file with the U. Recent gifts include $3 million from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. government into granting tax-exempt status to his non- profit.S.. which will bail out illegal immigrants arrested while on the job. refuses to comply with new IRS rules that require nonprofits to disclose how much top employees are paid. Prosecutors say the three men used the charity to conceal pro-jihad activities. has received a one- year prison sentence for lying to an FBI agent about visiting Afghanistan. The new group.” he said. who co-founded a now-defunct Muslim charity. Bush created it in 2001. one half of those arrested. has launched a liberal group that plans to intimidate donors planning to give money to conservative groups. The NFL wants Con- gress to change the rules for it. Financier Robert Hildreth announced he has created the National Immigrant Bond Fund. National Public Radio reports. Chris LaCivita. Gallagher. which a local court previously ruled shows Newcomb “intended for Tulane to use the balance of her estate to maintain a women’s higher education college.” After two years running the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. “We want to stop the Swift Boating before it gets off the ground. had been whisked away. “They’ve made a tremendous effort to be responsive to the comments they received.” The National Football League. Hein said he plans to return to Indiana to care for his father who has cancer. vice president of the Council on Foundations.” Almost $99 million in donations have been received for the planned Martin Luther King Jr. Rising expenses have forced up the project’s budget to $120 million. to Texas. reports The New York Times. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) said all groups that benefit from nonprofit status should disclose salary information to maintain public accountability. Cox News Service reports. a MoveOn. said the group’s efforts would backfire as donors react to the group’s tactics. great.” he said. to send them back out of the country as soon as possible. which has tax-exempt status as a trade association. said she was pleased with the new simplified form. to be built on the national Mall in Washington. Josephine Louise Newcomb. “What shocked me was that within 24 hours. Hein was the third director of the office since President George W. D. Hildreth started the fund after 400 undocumented workers were arrested at a local factory. and this did not seem right. the New York Times reports. the Chronicle of Philanthropy reports. and argues it shouldn’t have to divulge this in- formation because it doesn’t receive donations from the public.C. Meanwhile. Accountable America. A great. 200 people. The new form is 11 pages long and has 16 supporting schedules. great-niece of Newcomb College’s founding benefactor. “They’re not going to be intimidated by some pipsqueak on the kooky left.