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Breakfast Scramble (Tuesday)

DavidL's Breakfast Scramble
Mocking Media Splatters, Mark Hemingway mocks David Brock, of Media Splatters for American, from Weekly Standard [1]:

But as Nietzsche once said, “At times one remains faithful to a cause only because its opponents do not cease to be insipid.” MMFA is really, really insipid.

I mean, as a professional journalist, I’m not sure how I feel about James O’Keefe’s methodology. But with a few hidden cameras and next to no money, he’s taking a wrecking ball to some of liberal America’s biggest institutions. MMFA blows $10 million a year and what do they have to show for it?

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David Brock, who runs MMFA, appears to be really good at raising money, but terrible at media criticism. I can’t imagine he’s now going to succeed in his new mission of “sabotage,” either (though it’s not like MMFA has ever known the difference between honest critisicm and underhanded assualt). I can’t believe that MMFA continues to operate in the haphazard fashion that it does, and I can’t imagine that some on the left aren’t at least embarassed by how pathetic and ineffective it is.

George Soros really isn’t getting much for his money.

David Brock felon, while Hemingway was content to  mock Brock, Mark Taspscott suggests that Brock is head of  a criminal enterprise, from Washington Examiner [2]:

Media Matters, the George Soros-backed legion of liberal agit-prop shock troops based in the nation’s capital, has declared war on Fox News, and in the process quite possibly stepped across the line of legality.

David Brock, MM’s founder, was quoted Saturday by Politico promising that his organization is mounting “guerrila warfare and sabotage” against Fox News, which he said “is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.”

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Being a C3 puts MM in the non-profit, non-commercial sector, and it also bars the organzation from participating in partisan political activity. This new, more aggressive stance, however, appears to run directly counter to the government’s requirements for maintaining a C3 tax status

Breaking Brock’s legal chops  Jay Tea, Wizbang [3]:

Reax Ed Morrissey, Hot Air [4]:

MMFA isn’t just pledging to be a “watchdog.”  They’re promising “sabotage,” which sounds less like investigative journalism and more like dirty tricks, aimed not at the reporting itself but at mid-level management at Fox.  If that consists of the same kind of undercover videos produced by James O’Keefe at ACORN and NPR, that’s fair game; the media have used stings like those for decades.  That’s hardly “sabotage,” though, which sounds like efforts at a completely different — and more base — level.

Elizabeth Taylor:    Star, Celebrity, and Hero,  I did not know.   The late actress Elizabeth Taylor was a hero, from Big Peace [5]:

A 1977 report by the JTA unearthed [6] in the aftermath of Elizabeth Taylor’s death reveals that the actress, “…offered herself as a hostage for the more than 100 Air France hijack victims held by terrorists at Entebbe Airport in Uganda during the tense days before the Israeli rescue raid

Well done.