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Kincaid: Fox News Hires Soros-funded Activist

By Cliff Kincaid

Sally Kohn, a former senior strategist at the Soros-funded Center for Community Change, has been hired as a Fox News Contributor. Soros is the controversial hedge fund billionaire, convicted of insider trading in France, who finances the “progressive” movement in the U.S.

It is significant that Kohn is now a regular paid commentator on Fox News, while Glenn Beck, the one-time archenemy of George Soros, was ousted from the channel last year and now hosts an Internet TV show.

An open lesbian who shuns feminine attire and frequently wears a suit jacket, Kohn is joining Fox News after being a regular on such programs as “The Ed Show” on liberal rival MSNBC. She is now officially part of the “Fox News Family,” as she puts it, and has been making appearances on the channel for several days.

The selection of Kohn raises disturbing questions about the direction of Fox News in a critical election year. Kohn worked at the Center for Community Change, one of the leading Soros-funded groups, for six years, from 2004—2010. During this period, the group received $5.8 million from Soros’s main vehicle, the Open Society Institute (OSI).

The former chair of the board of the Center for Community Change, Cecilia Munoz, was recently named the Director of the Domestic Policy Council in the White House, a position that makes her one of Obama’s top aides. She had been serving as Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. A White House press release about her appointment notes that she previously served on the U.S. Programs Board of the OSI and was Senior Vice President for the Office of Research, Advocacy, and Legislation at the National Council of La Raza.

Kohn has a history of her own, having worked for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), a group that tries to keep criticism of the homosexual agenda out of the mainstream media. Interestingly, GLAAD has relentlessly attacked Fox News, with one of the latest examples being an occasion during which correspondent Shannon Bream interviewed guests critical of a transgendered person, a man dressed as a woman, who had used a woman’s changing room at a department store. GLAAD viewed this criticism as “dangerous.”

GLAAD attacked CNN for including an ex-gay activist on the air, saying his views were harmful to their interests.

Not only is Kohn’s hiring by Fox News a victory for GLAAD, where she worked for two years, but the Soros-funded and gay-run Media Matters organization is extremely happy with the selection.

“Fox News Hires Gay Rights Activist Sally Kohn As Contributor” declared “Equality Matters,” a division of Media Matters. “Aside from her history of progressive activism, Kohn has also been an outspoken proponent of LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender] equality,” it said. Still, Media Matters wonders if Kohn is going to be aggressive enough on the air.

Soros had given Media Matters $1 million for a campaign to neutralize the conservative message of Fox News. “Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast,” said Soros. “I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.”

In response, Fox News fired Beck, even while calling it a mutual decision and promising collaboration on “a slate of projects for Fox News Channel and Fox News’ digital properties” that have yet to materialize.

Kohn herself narrated a video making fun of Beck, insisting that he was spouting misinformation about fascism and communism being extreme left-wing ideas and implying that he was the real fascist. She said that liberals like President Obama and herself favor “democratic capitalism,” not any kind of state control of the economy.

The reality, however, is quite different.

“Sally Kohn makes the world safe for radical ideas,” her website says. In fact, Kohn is a far-left radical who attended the 2003 World Social Forum in Brazil, a meeting place for groups which say they are opposed to capitalism and U.S. imperialism. The 2011-2012 “Calendar of Struggles” for the World Social Forum includes:

  • Global week of actions in support to the freedom of the Gaza Flotilla II.
  • International Conference on the impact of the North American invasion in Iraq.
  • International Solidarity Day for the Palestinian and African peoples.

Not only is Kohn now on Fox News, where she can demonstrate the channel’s “fair and balanced” commitment by championing radical Arab and pro-Marxist causes, she is being given open access to the influential FoxNews.com website, where she writes articles praising the Occupy Wall Street movement.

The Kohn bio at the end of her Fox News columns says she is the founder and Chief Education Officer of the Movement Vision Lab, “a grassroots think tank,” but clicking on the organization’s website takes you to Kohn’s personal page. It appears that the Movement Vision Lab was a project  of the Center for Community Change that has since been discontinued.

One particular aspect of Kohn’s gay rights career—working at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force—has caught the attention of Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth,  a group that monitors the advance of the homosexual agenda. He said the Task Force is one of the most radical homosexual organizations on the scene today and works openly with the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, a group dedicated to advancing what are called the “BDSM-Leather-Fetish, Swing, and Polyamory Communities.” The latter are references to so-called “kinky” sexual practices widely considered dangerous and/or immoral.

Kohn’s three-year stint at the Task Force included “organizing campaigns and research projects for gay rights, earning the ability to call myself a ‘professional gay’ for the rest of my life,” she says.

Kohn has a three-year old daughter, Willa Hansen-Kohn, with her “partner,” Sarah Hansen, a community organizer with involvement in such groups as the Soros-funded Tides Center.

The relationship is newsworthy because Kohn reportedly met Hansen at the World Social Forum in Porto Alegre, Brazil, in January 2003. The World Social Forum is a gathering of groups “opposed to neoliberalism and to domination of the world by capital and any form of imperialism, and are committed to building a planetary society directed towards fruitful relationships among Humankind and between it and the Earth.”

Kohn also regularly attends the U.S. Social Forum, the American affiliate of the World Social Forum, which has assembled in the past under the banner of “Another U.S. Is Necessary!”

Its National Planning Committee includes such groups as:

  • Freedom Road Socialist Organization, an openly communist organization with foreign links now under FBI investigation.
  • The League of Revolutionaries for a New America, a group opposing “global capitalism.”
  • The Ruckus Society, an anarchist group.
  • United for Peace & Justice, a group opposed to American military intervention abroad.

Both Kohn and Rashad Robinson, executive director of a group called Color of Change, have attended the Soros-funded event known as the “Creative Change Retreat,” described as a place where “arts and social justice” come together.

Color of Change was co-founded by Van Jones, the former Obama official who lost his job after Beck, then on Fox News, highlighted his radical communist connections by drawing on material from anti-communist blogger Trevor Loudon and others.

Jones had the last laugh, noting during an appearance at the Campaign for America’s Future conference that Beck had lost his job at Fox.

Soros’s Open Society Institute had provided $300,000 to Color of Change and its parent entity called the Citizen Engagement Laboratory. Executive director Robinson had previously worked as Senior Director of Media Programs for GLAAD, where he apparently learned the techniques of protesting the presence of conservative voices in the media.

It was in response to Beck’s attacks on Soros and Obama that Color of Change organized an advertiser boycott of Beck’s show, while other Soros-funded organizations such as the Jewish Funds for Justice and Media Matters accused Beck of anti-Semitism for criticizing Soros.

Despite the phony nature of the charge against Beck—Soros is an atheist with no love for Israel—Fox News buckled under the pressure. “Beck’s lack of advertisers made him a financial liability for Fox, and it’s clear that this was a driving factor in his departure from Fox,” Robinson said. “This is an incredible and unprecedented victory.”

But Beck was not and is not the only target. Color of Change has also demanded that Eric Bolling, now a regular on “The Five” Fox News program that replaced Beck’s show, be fired for “race-baiting and fear-mongering.”

Bill O’Reilly, host of “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News, has been a target as well. But Kohn’s former employer GLAAD has been his nemesis. O’Reilly is now featuring Kohn as a liberal guest on his show, apparently hoping to stave off the criticism of his program.

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Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism, and can be contacted at cliff.kincaid@aim.org.

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  1. anangrygrammaComment by anangrygramma
    January 20, 2012 @ 3:11 pm

    Guess we all have to let Fox know how we feel about this, don’t we!

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    • bna42Comment by bna42
      January 20, 2012 @ 3:27 pm

      “The selection of Kohn raises disturbing questions about the direction of Fox News in a critical election year.”

      Sad and surprising.   It seems like George Soros is controlling the entire world.

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  2. cynicalobserverComment by cynicalobserver
    January 20, 2012 @ 3:33 pm

    Lay down with dogs, you get up with fleas.

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  3. Jim ForsytheComment by Jim Forsythe
    January 20, 2012 @ 3:40 pm

    Very disappointing!  It sounds like we need to look elsewhere for a “fair and balanced” network.  We have been seeing a left turn by Fox News.  I recommend GBTV,  Glenn’s new network is looking good, and Glenn is back in great form.  GBTV is more than worth the small subscription fee. 

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  4. southernandproudComment by southernandproud
    January 20, 2012 @ 3:59 pm

    I will no longer watch Fox News!

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  5. justieComment by justie
    January 20, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    I have noticed this for a while. Every time I turn on Fox News there seems to be a new liberal guest commentator. If I wanted liberal I’d turn on MSNBC, so I rarely watch Fox anymore. Fox Business is better with Judge Napolitano and John Stossel and a couple of others but how long will they last? As Fox News continues to drop the conservatives and libertarians maybe Beck can pick them up and Fox News will end up going the way of CNN and MSNBC.

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  6. CharieComment by Charie
    January 20, 2012 @ 5:13 pm

    That’s all you have to do is see and hear that slimy rat, Alan Colmes, on FOX and you know which way that network swings and it ain’t Right.    Geraldo Rivera has also been on FOX for more years than I care to think about, also.  It makes me laugh that the Left keeps carping about “Faux News”.  

    Just think, though, if all the Conservatives desert FOX, the Left aren’t going to change to FOX because they still consider the network to be extreme Rightwing.  Conservatives gone.  Leftwing gone.  Sounds like 0% ratings to me.   I stick to the conservative radio talk show hosts.  They’re more dependable and my favorites only live a hundred miles from me where I hear all about what’s going on with them.   lol

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  7. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    January 20, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    “Fair and Balanced” just took a hit.

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  8. karol kComment by karol k
    January 20, 2012 @ 5:34 pm

    DO write to FoxNews with your complaints.  When I saw Kohn on the other day, I was surprised she was a guest.  Now, I’m SHOCKED that she is a regular.  My guess is this is an effort to placate those advocating shutdowns of conservative outlets.

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  9. KarenComment by Karen
    January 20, 2012 @ 5:47 pm

    I wondered who that ‘disturbing’ manly woman looking person on O’Reilly was and now I know.  I think it’s fine to have reasonable liberals like Juan Williams and even Beckel on Fox News, but this woman has been bothering me and actually turning me off to Bill’s shows.  She is so far left she can wrap her arms around a big tree.  VERY DISTURBING to see, she is someone you expect to see on MSNBC.  It’s actually made me want to stop watching O’Reilly. 

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  10. KarenComment by Karen
    January 20, 2012 @ 5:53 pm

    How do we contact Fox News?  Thanks

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  11. lizazComment by lizaz
    January 20, 2012 @ 6:27 pm

    What a shame!   We are so disappointed in Fox News…I wonder if Soros got to them as he did with Glenn Beck!   What else is there to watch???    Maybe someone needs to start a new conservative cable news channel????    How about CCN??? conservative cable news……

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  12. ritzy14Comment by ritzy14
    January 20, 2012 @ 6:41 pm

    That just might be a disadvantage of the Capitalistic system.  Soros can put Fox out of business
    if they don’t go along with him, because they do have to pay the bills–guess that’s how he
    bought all the other networks and of course if  the audience goes down they lose money.  I don’t watch O”Reilly or  Riveria so since Glenn left I pretty much ignore it.

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  13. jtbrComment by jtbr
    January 20, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    Kohn, I remember her. Her head bobs up and down when she hears a liberal comment and her head goes side to side upon hearing a conservative comment. I can’t remember what she says because the head movement is soooo distracting. Fox hired this idiot with the bobbing head. WHY!  

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  14. shoboskiComment by shoboski
    January 21, 2012 @ 12:38 am

    I gave up on O’Reilly when he scheduled Obama’s interview at the same time as the Republican Party kickoff in 2008.  I knew then he had sold out to the Democrat Socialist and the Obama Group.  The only reason to have that interview at that time was to distract form the Republican Convention.
    I became at Odds with Fox Network in general and Rupert Murdock in particular when they sold a large portion of their stock to the Saudi Arabia Prince.  You  know who they are listening to. 

    I have never watched Revildo (Rivera) since he made his phony entrance into Afghanistan, acting like the Taliban had picked him out to shoot at him.  He is Pure Phony.  (I chose the name Revildo  because to revile is a verbal assult and that fits that jerk just right.)

    Beatle Juice Colmes always turned me off because he is so absolutely unrealistic Socialist Democrat.

    Toad Beckel is just disgusting to watch and worse to listen as he spouts the Socialist Democrat Line.

    Sheppard Smith is a pure liberal Democrat and I stopped watching him when he was doing the Katrina  coverage in New Orleans.   I wrote to him and told him he was an “A–hole.”  I have since changed my mind.  An A–hole is a useful, functional and necessary part of this world, so that changes misnomer for him.

    And then we come to Greta.  I never did trust anybody that talks out of the side of their mouth and her show is just a “got-cha” attempt.  So I don’t watch her either. 

    As to Sally Kohn she looks the part of everything this article said about her.

    The Media has entirely too much power in selecting all our Elected Officials.  They MUST be curbed.   They not only control the publicity of any candidate but they also get VERY, VERY WEALTHY from that Monopoly. 

    I still believe instead of allowing the Broadcast Media to conduct the Debates, the Republican Party should conduct and operate the Debates and if the News Networks wish to cover it, they can come and attend just like they do at the Convention.  For the Republicans to debate each other and have the Liberal Media to conduct them, it no different than the Gladiators fighting each other in the Area for the pleasure of the Roman Emperor.
    Shoboski

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  15. thebigetrain88Comment by thebigetrain88
    January 21, 2012 @ 7:38 am

    A very good article, Cliff. Thanks for the informative nature of it. Well, it all makes sense even more now, doesn’t it? One of the things that make Glenn Beck great is that he’s way ahead of others in his critical thinking and common sense. Fox News is becoming less and less credible. There’s virtually no true conservative powerhouse host nor a contributor. O’Reilly, Hannity, Fox, Wallace, Palin are all phony, counterfeit conservatives. They either don’t get it, but since I think they’re too smart for that, they’re just corrupt and a power grabbing individuals. They will do anything to keep it that way and they will sacrifice their principles and beliefs. No better example than O’Reilly. No, great Glenn Beck doesn’t belong on Fox News.

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