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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Media savvy, alright...

The WSJ Online again illustrates all that is wrong with the MSM...

WASHINGTON – The television commercials are attention-grabbing: Newly found Iraqi documents show that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, including anthrax and mustard gas, and had "extensive ties" to al Qaeda. The discoveries are being covered up by those "willing to undermine support for the war on terrorism to selfishly advance their shameless political ambitions." The hard-hitting spots are part of a recent public-relations barrage aimed at reversing a decline in public support for President Bush's handling of Iraq. But these advertisements aren't paid for by the Republican National Committee or other established White House allies. Instead, they are sponsored by Move America Forward, a media-savvy outside advocacy group that has become one of the loudest -- and most controversial -- voices in the Iraq debate.

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Move America Forward has no discernible formal ties to the White House or the Republican National Committee, and the group says it operates independently from the Republican Party establishment. Still, the organization provides a clear benefit to the administration by spreading a pro-war message that goes beyond what administration officials can say publicly. (emphasis mine)

WTF?? "The organization provides a clear benefit to the administration"???? By LYING?? This is a benefit?? I mean, in the corrupt and poisonous atmosphere perfected by this administration, I know it is, but why is this so accepted by the MSM that it's not pointed out?? "That goes beyond what the adminstration officials can say publicly"???? What on god's green earth does that mean?? That the administration has this information about proof of WMD, proof of Iraqi ties to AQ, but for some reason they can't present it? Or that the administration just can't lie publicly like Move America Forward?

Liberals question how the group has maintained its status as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization, which requires strict nonpartisanship, given the anti-Democratic tone of its campaigns.

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"When you have people participating in partisan activities with nonprofit dollars, that's really something the IRS needs to look at," says Tom Matzzie, the Washington director of the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, another frequent target for Move America Forward's rhetoric. "An organization with a shady tax status participating in partisan activities and saying things that aren't true is a rogue element in American politics."

Why "liberals question?" Shouldn't all law-abiding tax-payers be questioning this? Why does this have to be a "he said, she said?" Why can't the WSJO just come out and report what the law is on 501(c)(3)s, SINCE IT'S THE LAW, without "tainting" it as partisan by quoting MoveOn (who I support, but is considered "radical" by many in the mainstream due to right wingnut attacks)?? I mean, it's a great MoveOn quote, but really, why is the issue of what MAF can do or not do with tax-exempt dollars NOT JUST REPORTED AS FACT??

They right about one thing though.... "media savvy" ....

I'm going to go lie down with my headache....

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