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Is media matters breaking the law?

Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation's capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality.

David Brock, MM's founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting "guerrila warfare and sabotage" against Fox News, which he said "is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

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.

Being a C3 puts MM in the non-profit, non-commercial sector, and it also bars the organzation from participating in partisan political activity. This new, more aggressive stance, however, appears to run directly counter to the government's requirements for maintaining a C3 tax status.

Since Brock classifies Fox News as the "leader" of the Republican Party, by his own description he is involving his organization in a partisan battle. High-priced K Street lawyers can probably find a federal judge or a sympathetic IRS bureaucrat willing to either look the other way or accept some sort of MM rationale such as that it is merely providing educational information about a partisan group.

But in the IRS application for 501(C)(3) tax-exempt educational foundation status, Section VIII, Question I asks the applicant: "Do you support or oppose candidates in political campaigns in any way?" (Emphasis added).

Under Brock's definition of Fox News, it appears he is setting MM on a course of actively opposing all Republican candidates. Brandon Kiser at The Right Sphere blog argues that this new statement of MM's mission means it must change its tax status.

Beyond the partisanship issue, explicitly declaring that your purpose as a tax-exempt non-profit public foundation is to interfere with the commercial interests of somebody else's legal business enterprise falls nowhere within the scope of purely educational activities.

The official purpose of MM, according to its 2009 tax return, is to "notify activists, journalists, pundits and the general public about instances of misinformation, providing them with the resources to rebut false claims and take direct action against offending media institutions."

At another point much later in the same return, MM's purpose is more succinctly described as being "dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media."

Besides Brock, who is MM's CEO, Eric Burns, who is the organization's president, received just under $260,000 in compensation in 2009.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0311/51949.html

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/03/26/media-matters-plots-guerrilla-warfare-and-sabotage-against-fox/

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 3:45 PM on Mar. 28, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Oh, puh-lease. How many tax free organizations are on a definite mission for their own agenda?! They are picking Fox news as their raison d'etre, which in my opinion is unfortunate, but Fox is not a "political candidate" (at least not yet! :) )
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 4:12 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Most have an agenda stacy, but they are not allowed to be of a political nature such as this.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 4:14 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Hrmmmm. Which organization is in need of donations to pursue legal action? I might have a few $$ to contribute.
    grlygrlz2

    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 4:22 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Hmmm....can you imagine what would happen if a conservative non-profit made the same declaration against CNN and Ted Turner or MSNBC? They would be stripped of their NP status and audited, etc.

    Can we say D O U B L E S T A N D A R D?
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 4:43 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • I don't think it will stop the second Repuplican Tsunami in 2012. Clearly, they are fearful of it's return. LOL
    Fear is a great motivator, and the liberal left should be fearful. 2012 Will bring red to the big 3 in DC.
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 4:56 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • All media is biased with its own agenda
    LovableFox

    Answer by LovableFox at 5:01 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • Oh, puh-lease. How many tax free organizations are on a definite mission for their own agenda?!

    "Do you support or oppose candidates in political campaigns in any way?"

    So their defense to the IRS is? Media Matters lied about labeling Fox as an arm of the Republican Party? Media Matters was too stupid to realize what they were saying? Media Matters meant to include MSNBC as an example of the Democrat party alliance to be fair and balanced? Media Matters is a wholly owned arm of the Soros Marxist wing of the Democrat party and as such is in violation of its tax-free standing and should lose the tax-free status immediately.
    annabarred

    Answer by annabarred at 5:37 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • You post this stuff constantly and it gets really quite amusing...LOL.
    If MM won't back or endorse Republican candidates, what is so different from Fox News which is rabidly anti-Democrat? Fox has an agenda too.
    Is this from a Conservative writer?
    I'm sure it is.
    QUOTE:
    At another point much later in the same return, MM's purpose is more succinctly described as being "dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting conservative misinformation in the media."
    *** THIS sounds like a great idea. I don't see how much longer Faux News should be allowed to spread misinformation disguised as their Patriotic mission.LOL.
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 6:24 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • http://www.theblaze.com/stories/media-matters-to-launch-campaign-of-guerrilla-warfare-and-sabotage-against-fox/


    What gets me is they admit they will use sabotage and character assassinations. That will have to be done by libalous acts. I really doubt they will be legal. Dan Rather tried, but he got caught. Who do the people who want no conservative tv/talk radio on think they are? Fairness Doctrin my arse!

    jesse123456

    Answer by jesse123456 at 6:46 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

  • I guess you could say they have gotten to big for their britches. Honestly, I doubt the IRS would do a thing..look at the stuff with Rev. Wright actually endorsing candidates...nothing.

    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 6:54 PM on Mar. 28, 2011

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