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).
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