NY Times: Soros Donates $1 Million to Media Matters for Fight Against FOX and Glenn Beck


“Why talk between all of these organizations, why don’t we just talk one-on-one, George?” Beck asked. “Call me. Let’s chat.”

Jonathon M. Seidl
The Blaze

Billionaire financier George Soros announced today that he will officially fund the group Media Matters with a $1 million donation, aimed at fighting Fox News and Glenn Beck.

George Soros has long claimed not to be a funder of the liberal media group Media Matters for America (MMFA). That will all change today when the billionaire philanthropist donates a reported $1 million to the organization, which will use the money to hold “Fox host Glenn Beck and others on the cable news channel accountable for their reporting,” the New York Times reports.

According to a statement obtained by the Times “The Caucus” blog, MMFA is set to announce the donation today. That statement reads in part:

Fox has transformed itself into a 24-7 G.O.P. attack machine, dividing Americans through fear-mongering and falsehoods and undermining the legitimacy of our government for partisan political ends. … We are especially pleased that in this moment of hidden right-wing billionaire money corrupting our democracy, Mr. Soros, upon deciding to support our efforts, quickly and transparently has made that support public.

In an accompanying statement obtained by the Times, Soros continues his stance that he has “not to date been a funder” of the organization, but says the donation is now necessary in order to fight Fox News and the “incendiary rhetoric” of its hosts.

In 2007, Bill O'Reilly outlined how he believes George Soros secretly funds Media Matters.

Soros made a similar claim in the past regarding the liberal Jewish organization J Street. However The Washington Times recently uncovered documents revealing Soros and his family had been funding the group.

The report continues, with video, at The Blaze.

Update: Allahpundit at HotAir.com writes about this “donation”:

“Wait,” you say, “hasn’t Soros been funding them for years?” Not exactly: He’s been donating to other lefty groups for years — Tides, Democracy Alliance, etc — and they’ve in turn been donating to Media Matters. The big news today is that he’s decided to cut out the middleman.

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