profile of David Brock, the self-professed "right-wing hitman" now turned left-wing hitman, founder of Media Matters, whose main target--obsessive target is more like it--of course, is Fox News. The point of the headline, of course, is that Brock must do penance with the left for once being a conservative. Of course, it's still a question as to why the take-down of a company is a tax-exempt function.
Indeed, the whole piece by reporter Jason Zengerle, drips with the sense that Brock is on a mission, not to do good, but to do bad--destroy Fox. Indeed, Zengerle's article bolsters the growing chorus of realization that Brock is running an out-and-out political operation, which should not be regarded, legally, as a tax-exempt charity. These are not the words of a charity:
And so Brock, for his new crusade against Fox, plans to assemble a team of lawyers to assist former network employees, and others who have clashed with the network, with legal actions they might want to take against the news channel. He recently hired Ilyse Hogue, who, as MoveOn.org’s former director of political advocacy, has plenty of experience with pressure campaigns. “We want to drive up the cost of Fox for Rupert Murdoch and the News Corp. board of directors,” Hogue says one day in her office, which is dominated by a large white board containing her team’s latest brainstorms: persuading Alwaleed bin Talal, the Saudi prince who’s the second largest News Corp. shareholder, to divest from the company over Fox’s coverage of Muslims; reaching out to the cast of Glee to protest the news channel; etc.
In other words, more of the familiar "guerrilla war and sabotage" that Brock has been promising for a long time now.
Yet what's also interesting about the Zengerle piece is his discussion of Brock, and how he has charmed American limousine liberals out of so many millions over the last eight years. It seems that Brock plays up his own life history as part of the pitch. In the words of one top Democrat:
"The tortured gay intellectual and dark complicated figure who wrestled with his soul. Some of it is cultivated, some of it is real, but man, is it a good fucking show."
But perhaps most interesting is Zengerle's conclusion that Brock doesn't really have any core values; that he's just a hater. He knows what he's against, not what he's for:
If there is a single thread that runs through Brock’s strange ideological journey, it is personal, heated antagonism. He became a conservative as a college student at Berkeley because he was appalled by political correctness. His jolt to the left was motivated by disgust, and even now, his liberalism is largely a form of anti-conservatism. His remains a politics of pique.
Yikes! What a creep.
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