Bloomberg & Joyce Fdn behind Media Matters?
The left-liberal media blog Media Matters has had what seemed to be an obsessive grudge with NRA (and also with anyone who dared to criticize Fast and Furious, where MM was sending its posts to DoJ for review).
The trend really begins in 2010. If we take posts that headline "NRA", there was one in 2007, none in 2008, four in 2009 ... and then twelve in May 2010 alone. Between then and now it's had about 5-10 NRA pieces a month, with titles like "Rachel Maddow Highlights NRA And Fox Extremism," "Chris Matthews Calls Out NRA Leader LaPierre's "Crazy" Obama Conspiracy Theory," "NRA Fundraises Off 9-11," "Gun Blogger Ignores NRA Undermining Gun Law Enforcement Measures," (Sebastian was the feature of that one), and "NRA News Downplays Loophole That Helps Arm Criminals."
I was just looking at the 2010 IRS Form 990 for the mega-rich Joyce Foundation. Understand, one tactic for using nonprofits is, if you want to dump money on a cause but for some reason don't want it to be obvious, give it to a nonprofit, and tell them where you want it spent. Then their name rather than yours will show up as supporting the causes. That way, you can claim to be moderate, while laundering money to radical causes, or pay for attacking someone by proxy.
In 2010, Joyce Foundation spent about three million on antigun causes ... after receiving a donation of two million from "Bloomberg Philanthropies" of New York City. Yep, that Bloomberg. $400 K to attack NRA via blog posts... and 1.6 million left over for radical antigun groups (Joyce only gave $20,000 to Brady Campaign, apparently thinking it too moderate for its tastes).
[UPDATE: if your comment is blocked, try deleting your email address. I had to block some, gmail, yahoo, due to incredible waves of spam comments, but set it so you can comment while leaving no email address at all].
Bloomberg and the Joyce foundation are both enemies of the Second Amendment and the US Constitution.
Posted by: Stu Strickler at October 11, 2012 09:21 AM
There's an interesting lesson in all this.
1) Unlike conservatives and libertarians, progressives are intensely uncomfortable with the paradigm that persons or corporations are entitled to all the free speech they can afford to buy.
2) Progressives aren't above spending outrageous sums to purchase all the free speech they can afford.
3) Progressives' main fear -- that there is a sort of Gresham's Law under which subsidized false speech drives out true speech -- is put to the lie by the very example of the Brady Center, whose purchased speech has proven over the years to be so worthless and so false that even their bedfellows won't spend a dime on it anymore.
Posted by: Henry Bowman at October 11, 2012 04:06 PM
MR BLOOMBERG,Iam pro gun and always will be.Iam proud to be an american and will not forget that what was written and what was giving a long time ago.Iam also proud to be a NRA member and always will be.beacuse A Well regulated militia,being necssary to the security of a free state,THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS,SHELL NOT BE INFRINGED.These are our rights from the Bill of Rights.Can not Change The the Bill Of Rights and It Shell Not be Changed.Iam A Proud American Just Like All Other Proud Americans We Will Not Let This Go.WE THE PEOPLE have Rights.
Posted by: Anonymous at October 11, 2012 05:32 PM