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Kincaid: Glenn Beck and the Death of Free Speech

By Cliff Kincaid

Fox News has aired several interviews with Daily Caller editors and reporters on the influence of Media Matters, the Soros-funded left-wing attack machine. A series of articles in The Daily Caller sheds new light on the operations of the group, which masquerades as a non-profit but has partisan political ties to the Obama White House and the Democratic Party. Unfortunately, the interviews failed to touch on the most visible example of Media Matters working its will on the media—the sacking of Glenn Beck from Fox News.

One can imagine that this is a sensitive topic at Fox News.

It is even more sensitive in view of what News Corporation, the parent of Fox News, is doing to its staff at the British newspaper, The Sun. As part of an internal investigation of phone-hacking and bribery, News Corporation voluntarily turned over information to police authorities.

Sun associate editor Trevor Kavanagh reports that “30 journalists have been needlessly dragged from their beds in dawn raids, arrested and held in police cells while their homes are ransacked.” He said journalists were being treated like members of a criminal gang and that freedom of the press was in danger.

If News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch would turn over his own journalists to authorities in Britain, why wouldn’t he sack Glenn Beck in response to an orchestrated campaign from George Soros and his operatives at Media Matters?

Beck has himself talked about Soros operatives making threats against his people, while a private investigator who interviewed News Corporation personnel confirmedsome of them were living in fear. The channel was told to discontinue its probes into Soros and his financial interests.

When Beck left the channel and started GBTV on the Internet, a statement was issued that Beck and Fox would continue working on projects together. Nothing happened in this regard, although Beck has made some occasional appearances on the channel.

Commenting on The Daily Caller series and other reports, John Hudson of the Atlantic Wire writes, “The leftward shift or ‘course correction’ at Fox News in recent months could have several explanations but a pair of reports in Politico and The Daily Caller give credit to the cable network’s mortal enemy: Media Matters for America. It’s a thesis that Media Matters would gladly tout and Fox News would vehemently deny, but it comes as viewer complaints accumulate that the network is embracing a more mainstream conservatism compared with its previous embrace of Glenn Beck.”

The Daily Caller reported, “Glenn Beck, the former Fox News Channel host, drew the ire of a wide spectrum of liberal groups while his program aired nationally. But according to several people who watched the process from the inside, it was Media Matters that orchestrated much of the opposition to Beck.”

It quoted a former staffer as saying that the left-wing group Color of Change, co-founded by former White House “green jobs” czar Van Jones, received much of the credit for pressuring advertisers to drop their sponsorship of Beck’s show. But The Daily Caller said that in fact “Media Matters developed the campaign that cowed Beck’s sponsors” and provided a $200,000 grant to Citizen Engagement Laboratory, Color of Change’s parent group, to campaign against Beck.

Beck had exposed Jones on the air as a self-described communist engaged in anti-police and 9/11 “truth” activities. This led to his forced resignation from the Obama Administration. Thus, Jones had a vendetta against Fox.

George Soros, who was being subjected to scrutiny by Beck on his popular Fox News Channel program, had a vendetta as well. He personally gave $1 million to Media Matters to neutralize Beck and the conservative message of Fox News.

What has been the result? Complete success on the part of Media Matters and the Soros machine.

Number one—Beck is gone, replaced by a show, “The Five,” that includes Democratic Party operative Bob Beckel. Number two—Fox News now has two paid left-wing feminists on the air, Sally Kohn and Jehmu Greene, both graduates of Jane Fonda’s Women’s Media Center. And number three—it’s being reported that Fox News is developing a new program to be hosted by Greene called “The Greene Room.”

Greene ran the ACORN front-group Project Vote. ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief calls her the Fox News “infiltrator.”

What’s more, News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is now quoting Soros approvingly in regard to his economic thinking. Murdoch’s favorable tweet about Soros followed a flattering story about the hedge fund billionaire in The Wall Street Journal, another property of News Corporation.

The handwriting is on the wall. The “course correction” at the channel is being conducted at the direction, or with the approval, of Rupert Murdoch himself. But as Politico recently reported in a fairly comprehensive story by Keach Hagey, conservatives are definitely not happy with it. A Western Center for Journalism poll found that some 70 percent of conservatives thought the channel had moved to the left.

The issue, however, goes beyond the destruction of Fox News as a reliable conservative voice to the future of News Corporation. Rupert Murdoch has to be commended for bringing conservative news and information to people on a world-wide basis, with the Fox News Channel in the U.S. being the most visible manifestation of this.

But News Corporation’s own Wall Street Journal is reporting that the pressure on the company from the hacking and bribery investigation in Britain is mounting in the U.S., as the Obama/Holder Justice Department is also seriously looking at corruption charges against the media giant.

It appears that throwing Beck to the wolves didn’t stop the onslaught against News Corporation from powerful political interests. In short, the liberal/left may see an opportunity not only to take down Fox News but the whole company. Murdoch seems to think that throwing more journalists to the wolves is his way to avoid being eaten himself.

In a statement, News Corporation says it cooperated with the British Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) in “a review” of The Times, The Sun and The Sunday Times, which are part of News International, the main UK subsidiary of News Corporation. It said the Management and Standards Committee (MSC) of the company “gave the MPS every assistance during the searches of News International premises while ensuring that all appropriate steps were taken to protect legal and journalistic privilege.” The statement added that “immediate legal representation” was offered to those arrested and that “News Corporation will continue to give its total support to the continued work of the MSC and to ensure that legitimate journalism is vigorously pursued in both the public interest and in full compliance with the law.

But as we saw with the ouster of Glenn Beck, “legitimate journalism” that affects powerful political interests can be sacrificed when it is convenient to do so.

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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. DaveComment by Dave
    February 16, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

    This is why I choose my news outlets as carefully as I choose my food and clothes. The shift at Fox turns my stomach and proves the soinelessness of Rupert Murdoch. Shame…

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  2. gimmesometruthComment by gimmesometruth
    February 16, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

    I will now listen to FOX NEWS with a jaundiced eye. What once was pure, is now polluted. What Glenn Beck has been saying from the beginning still applies, ” Don’t trust what anybody says, look it up for yourself”.

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  3. wdjincComment by wdjinc
    February 16, 2012 @ 4:50 pm

    Media Matters is tax-exempt, but since they meet regularly with White House staff to report their findings they should no longer be declared tax-exempt. They continually snoop into the private lives of Fox staff members in the hope they come up with damaging stuff. They are also supported by Soros and other commie groups.

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  4. Spiritof76Comment by Spiritof76
    February 16, 2012 @ 6:37 pm

    I am not sure this is all surprising given the complete communist infiltration of the media, the Democratic party and the Hollywood. Sen. McCarthy was after all proven right. Soros is a Hungarian communist. This is sort of what played out in 1917 in Russia. Lenin was helped to power by a rich European ommunist sympathiser and the rest, as they say, is history. If people in this country think that it couldn’t happen here either they are naive or fools-both dangerous to the republic. May Liberty rest in peace!

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    • coopsComment by bengates
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:14 am

      Absolutely the guard is way down in this generation. The enemy learns to sing our song to get to the internal. Global government wins the world , but they do not count on the reality and risen grave of Christ. The victory is won already , so we lose he battle for now but for what is the gain of the world when we lose the soul? Of people do not fight or been lied to for so long that they believe the deceit we need to do the will of the Father without any other influence or security or even protection. Then the truth gets revealed . Hillsdale College got a great course coming up Constituion 101 it’s free we need to do it and take action with facts not entertainment and get this next battle and take liberty back with the moral compass of truth that makes America great that God shed His grace on thee

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  5. GHUComment by GHU
    February 16, 2012 @ 8:35 pm

    I miss Glenn Beck’s show on Fox. There does seem to be a turn to the left on many programs and from some of the hosts…like Bill O’Reilly for instance. I can’t stand watching him much anymore.

    It seems like Soros has his hands in almost everything. He’s not only infiltrated Fox News, he also has infiltrated the Catholic Church and has set up front groups like “Catholics United” who in no way are actually Catholic, but do the bidding of Obama and the Democrats. Obama uses these groups to make it seem he’s supported by Catholics. Read this article:
    http://www.catholicleague.org/democrats-push-phony-catholic-group/

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    • coopsComment by bengates
      February 17, 2012 @ 9:26 am

      Yes the socialism suddenly takes over the media in many areas masked as moral people but you will see the outcomes after a teen gets arrested after being fed sin sin sin over and over and without the Holy Spirit it leads to death and consequences. Love is helping and warning of trouble and telling what will be the fruits of our actions. These socialists love to point fingers on an “uptight” America who knows the destruction of certain choices and when the conservatives are seemingly the destroyers of fun they really are calling out the boundary of truth and are protecting the people and the youth from what the liberals call liberty and what the Lord calls it. It’s not “me first” ultimately that will cause damage to our nation. Psychological tyrants rule the media by kicking out the educated and roots of truth in Ameroca that brought us this far from the oppression of bad governments in most of the rest of the world. The media really hates the US being a beacon of hope for others and socialism is willing the stage America into a third world equated with most the rest of the world and no longer being the economic force and inventive machine of true free will democracy it once was. If the socialists can crush our sacrificial spirit and get masses to rely on government then we become fools instead of leading the rest of the oppressed world to real freedom from sin and the bondage of corrupt humanist government

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    • gilplynComment by gilplyn
      February 20, 2012 @ 11:19 am

      GHU,
      I encourage you to go the the website http://www.realcatholictv.com and watch some of the programs under their tab “CIA”. They do a number of excellent programs investigating this very thing. They are well-researched and credible. In fact, Michael Voris is like the Glenn Beck of the Catholic church.

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  6. pabloComment by pablo
    February 16, 2012 @ 10:31 pm

    One little problem: Beck was not sacked from Fox. Yes, the boycott pressure played a role in his departure, but it was his call. He’s doing what he wants to be doing, and he’s doing it pretty damned well.

    Just look at the timeline and what he’s done outside of Fox. Or watch his first show of the year. Or watch any of his numerous Fox appearances since.

    Beck was simply not fired. He’s on fire, but not fired.

    http://www.gbtv.com

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    • oldcuzComment by oldcuz
      February 17, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

      Yes sir and I got a bridge I want to sell you, the only way you can participate in any of Glen’s doings is an expensive membership in GBTV, whereas before he was getting out to a much wider mostly appreciative audience.

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