...like Leader, like Lackeys, I suppose.
[Preface: This kind of stuff is extremely spooky. If I didn't think so, I wouldn't be blogging about it. I'm not in the business of being partisan (since I disdain partisans on both sides) or trying to make mountains out of mole hills. We have the leftist 20 percenters and deranged right-wingers for that purpose.]
He's not shy about it. I'll give him that. The founder of leftist 20 percenter group "Media Matters," David Brock (pictured immediately above), says his organization is upping the ol' ante against Fox News Channel. He says he and his fellow leftists at Media Matters are embarking on a new "all-out campaign" of "guerilla warfare and sabotage" against Fox News. (Link to Politico.com's full story at bottom).
Politico.com reports over the weekend that "the group, launched as a more traditional media critic, has all but abandoned its monitoring of newspapers and other television networks and is narrowing its focus to Fox and a handful of conservative websites." Politico says this represents a "shift from media critic to a new species of political animal."
Says Media Matters' Brock: "The strategy we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment. [The new strategy is] war on Fox."
Indeed. This new strategy reads like a Nixonian playbook, complete with building files on "enemies," sending out goons to bother private citizens in their own homes, trying to sick regulators on people to shut them up, and other assorted dirty tricks that might be described as making Nixon’s henchmen look like garden-variety amateurs. More on all of that in a minute. But first, a little background to this sort of mindset is necessary:
The Nixonian Mindset of Today’s American Leftists
We've seen it on full display almost from Day 1 when it comes to the ultimate leader of the leftists, Barack Obama: Rhetoric and tactics reminiscent of the notorious "dirty tricks" famously employed by the administration of Richard M. Nixon in the late 1960's and early-to-mid 1970's.
These sorts of tactics and rhetoric are an affront to all common decency, not to mention to the basic freedoms we enjoy as citizens of the United States of America. To wit (and as documented in the archives of this blog):
-August 5, 2009: Obama's administration encourages Americans to report to the White House anyone viewed as having a "fishy" opinion on the democrat party's health care monstrosity.
-December 18, 2009: Obama threatens democrat party congressman Peter DeFazio by telling him, "Don't think we're not keeping score, brother!" Put another way: You better toe the line even when I don't do every single thing you fellow far leftists want, or else there will be real political consequences for you.
-January 29, 2010: Obama crows, "I am NOT an ideologue!" Much like when Nixon famously spouted, "I am NOT a crook," the proclamation rang completely hollow.
-August 18, 2010: Obama's leftist-in-arms and then Creature of the House, Nancy Pelosi, called for any investigation of those opposed to the building of the Ground Zero mosque. Translation: Shut the people up with whom I disagree by sicking government regulators on them (very similar to one tactic in the new Media Matters strategy, as documented below).
-December 10, 2010: Deranged right-winger Karl Rove accuses the Obama administration of compiling an "enemies list" just like Nixon did.
-December 26, 2010: Obama calls his critics "enemies," again conjuring up images of Nixon’s infamous "enemies list."
Media Matters' Master Plan
With that background in mind, check out the full-on Nixon-style full-court press that Media Matters is planning against Fox News (my thoughts on the right-slanting Fox News are set forth further below). Suffice it to say that there's a lot of "assembling" goin' on. As Politico.com reports and as Media Matters freely admits:
-Media Matters is "assembling opposition research files not only on Fox's top executives but on a series of midlevel officials." This will involve "conducting 'opposition research' on a dozen or so 'mid and senior-level execs and producers,' " including "recording their public appearances and digging into public records associated with them."
-"The group is assembling a legal team to help people who have clashed with Fox to file lawsuits for defamation, invasion of privacy or other causes.” [BTW, if Fox has defamed or invaded the privacy of someone, why does that person need some leftist group to help them sue? They don't, of course. Instead, this part of the strategy appears squarely concocted to manufacture lawsuits of limited or no merit against Fox News.]
-Media Matters "has hired two experienced reporters [a very loose use of that term], Joe Strupp and Alexander Zaitchik [Woodward and Bernstein, they are not], to dig into Fox's operation and to help assemble a book on the network, due out in 2012 from Vintage/Anchor."
-Media Matters "has hired an activist who led a successful campaign to press advertisers to avoid [demented right-winger] Glenn Beck's show” on Fox. [Actually, the Beck angle is very difficult for me to criticize a whole hell of a lot. That demented freak is totally loony tunes. I've frankly wondered where in the hell he's gotten his audience, from the beginning.]
-"Media Matters also plans to run a broad campaign against Fox's parent company, News Corp, an effort which most likely will involve opening a United Kingdom arm in London to attack the company's interests there."
-In connection with that aspect of the new strategy, Media Matters has "hired an executive from [radical far leftist website] Move.On.org . . . and also is looking for ways to turn regulators [see my Nixonian Mindset section above] in the U.S., U.K., and elsewhere against the network."
-Media Matters "will focus on [News Corp CEO and Fox head man Rupert] Murdoch and try to disrupt his commercial interests – whether that be here or . . . in London."
-The involvement in Media Matters of radical leftist interests such as MoveOn.org is not isolated. The group currently operates on a $10 million annual budget, one-tenth of which is bankrolled by far leftist moneyman George Soros, Politico.com reports.
-Just for good measure, Media Matters intends to engage in a "broader project to take advantage of internal dissent" at Fox News. Says Media Matters: "We made a list of every single person who works for Fox . . . and we went out to try to meet them.” [That sort of thing is purely Nixonian. Nice job, Media Matters!]
I'm on record on this blog probably dozens of times before: Fox News slants to the right and should be ashamed of itself for doing so and still holding itself out to the public as a legitimate news organization.
The very same criticism applies equally to all of the left-slanting so-called "mainstream media" outlets (although there's nothing "mainstream" about them) such as MSNBC, CNN, ABC, CBS and all of the left-wing newspapers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post. So where's the Nixonian effort aimed at all of those so-called "news" organizations?
I had to laugh out loud (literally) at Media Matters' purported justification for its new Nixonian strategy towards Fox News. Said Media Matters: "Fox News 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."
AS IF any of the left-slanting and left-leaning media outlets are any different from Fox News in that regard! Nope, to the out-of-touch American 20 percenter leftist, morality is only to be applied to right-wingers. But when it comes to them (the leftist 20 percenters), any tactic, any strategy, any word or action, is justified so long as it tends to support the leftist cause. But if a right-winger does the same thing, it's wrong. Hypocrites, to the last. (And very dangerous ones at that).