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Media Matters Renews 'Drop Fox' Campaign...But Why Now?

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"It's time for advertisers to decide."

What are the odds?

What are the odds that an organization funded by billionaire/spooky dude George Soros would call for people to demand that cable companies across the country drop Fox News from their channel line up exactly one week after Fox News released a report detailing the very large George Soros web of media connections? (Covered on TheBlaze last week.)

Coincidence?  I think not.

Just last Tuesday, Fox News released part one of their investigative story on billionaire George Soros, his connection to over 30 different media outlets, and the massive amounts of money he "donates" to non-profit organizations that all seem to support his dream of a border-free, global society.

Today brings part two of Fox's Soros story. This piece devotes considerable effort to finding out why Soros is spending $48 million dollars to fund the various media outlets and media schools that ultimately feed the MSM.

It is no secret that Media Matters is one of the largest recipients of those coveted Soros dollars and today they renewed the call for cable and satellite providers to "Drop Fox News."

Back in March, Glenn detailed some of the surprising depth to which Media Matters is going in order to attack him and Fox News.

Politico has also reported on some of Media Matters' battle plans:

“The strategy that we had had toward Fox was basically a strategy of containment,” said Brock, Media Matters’ chairman and founder and a former conservative journalist, adding that the group’s main aim had been to challenge the factual claims of the channel and to attempt to prevent them from reaching the mainstream media. The new strategy, he said, is a “war on Fox.”

War on Fox?  Yes indeed. The Politico story continues:

Media Matters, Brock said, is assembling opposition research files not only on Fox’s top executives but on a series of midlevel officials. It has hired an activist who has led a successful campaign to press advertisers to avoid Glenn Beck’s show. 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. And it has hired two experienced reporters, Joe Strupp and Alexander Zaitchik, to dig into Fox’s operation to help assemble a book on the network, due out in 2012 from Vintage/Anchor.

Perhaps the only surprising part of this story is that it took Media Matters an entire week to write the mass email, create a logo for their campaign, and send it off to every subscriber to their website. (I do subscribe to keep an eye on them -- just as they have people monitoring TheBlaze.) Could this renewed campaign have any relationship to the Fox New story that pulls back the curtain on Soros, his money and his ambitions to create a global society? As we like to say, The Truth Has No Agenda.

This is the email that squeaked past my spam folder today.

Dear Friend,

In what is nothing less than a victory for civil discourse and responsible media, Glenn Beck will soon be leaving Fox News.

Don't think for a minute, however, that Beck's departure means Fox News has suddenly embraced accountability and restored credibility. A responsible journalistic organization wouldn't have needed two years, a million lost viewers, and hundreds of lost advertisers to show Beck the door -- but Fox News isn't a responsible journalistic organization. The network still specializes in misinformation and falsehoods, including their famous tagline: "fair and balanced."

Fox News can't keep the lies going alone. The network relies on the support of a wide range of advertisers who, through their financial support, help Fox News maintain a full-time operation promoting deception, provoking anger, and serving as the Republican Party's mouthpiece all under the guise of news.

Because this has gone far enough, we've launched a new campaign to show advertisers just what they're sponsoring when they partner with Fox News and to inform the public about which companies are supporting Fox's dishonest and divisive agenda.

Join us today at Drop Fox.

It's time for advertisers to decide. Will they continue to put their brand on the line by spending money to associate their products with bigotry, political attacks, and deliberate misinformation? Will they risk their reputation by helping to perpetuate Fox's toxic effect on civil discourse? Or will they act responsibly and pull their ads from the so-called news network?

The hundreds of advertisers who refused to support Beck's nightly hour of hate and paranoia put much-needed pressure on Fox News to get him off the air. As the rise and fall of Glenn Beck shows, Fox News and its parent company News Corp. will only respond when their bottom line is threatened. Together, we can change the incentives for News Corp. and end the destructive effect Fox News has on our national conversation.

Get involved in this important effort!

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