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George Soros
and
Drummond Pike

THE WAR AGAINST FOX NEWS

George Soros

Drummond Pike

 

 

DESTROY YOUR ENEMIES

Teamed through Media Matters for America,

these two supremely competent strategists
are trying to destroy Fox News by a campaign
to mobilize the Left to convince advertisers to
abandon Fox News and leave it without revenue.

 

The story is told in two articles published in
The Washington Examiner:

 

Is George Soros using money earned from
investing in News Corp to attack Fox News?

 

and

 

Soros is funding war on Fox News with dirty money

 

The story was covered on Fox and Friends,
shown here in a YouTube clip by blogger MoxNews.com
 

 


 

For the Left's first attack on Glenn Beck, click here.

 

For the Left's second attack on Glenn Beck, click here.


 

YOU WON'T BELIEVE THE RELATIONSHIPS THAT
SOROS AND PIKE HAVE BUILT TOGETHER.

This Muckety Map is interactive. Click on the small x box to expand.

 


See the individual profiles of George Soros and Drummond Pike for more.

 

Here's the Destroy Fox message to leftists on the
Media Matters website:

 

It's time to drop Fox.

"I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct."

Dear Fox Advertiser,

I agree with Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike:

"Businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck's television show by continuing to pump money into the network. It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News.

"I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company's sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct."

Signed,

[Signature box provided on original page]

DESTROY YOUR ENEMIES

 
Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike's full letter to Fox News advertisers:

Dear Fox Advertiser,

I am writing to ask your company to take a simple step that may well save lives in the future. And it is not unimportant that taking this action will remove your company and its products from any connection to what could very likely be an unpleasant tragedy, should things remain as they are today. On behalf of my organization, and many others like it, I ask that you cease advertising on the Fox News Channel.

This is neither a hollow request, nor one rhetorically made. There is an urgency to it born of our own direct experience as the target of a would-be assassin inspired by Fox's Glenn Beck Show.

On July 19th of this year, I arrived at our San Francisco office to learn that a misguided person carrying numerous guns and body armor had been on his way to start a "revolution" by murdering my colleagues and me. The Oakland Police Department called to tell us that, following a 12 minute shootout with the California Highway Patrol, law enforcement officials arrested an assailant who had targeted the Tides Foundation, an organization which I founded and currently serve as CEO, and the ACLU for violence. To say we were "shocked" does not adequately describe our reaction. Imagine, for a moment, that you were us and, had it not been for a sharp eyed highway patrolman, a heavily armed man in full body armor would have made it to your office with the intent to kill you and your colleagues. His motive? Apparently, it was because the charitable, nonpartisan programs we run are deemed part of a conspiracy to undermine America and the capitalist system, which is hogwash.

Although not a political organization, the Tides Foundation has been a frequent target of misinformation, propaganda, and outright lies by Fox News' Glenn Beck. Since his arrival at Fox in early 2009, Beck has repeatedly vilified Tides, suggesting we are intent on "creat[ing] a mass organization to seize power." He accuses the foundation of indoctrination and says we are "involved in some of the nastiest of the nasty." Beck tells viewers that Tides has "funneled" money to "some of the most extreme groups on the left" and that our mission is to "warp your children's brains and make sure they know how evil capitalism is." In total, prior to the attempted rampage, Beck had attacked the Tides Foundation 29 times. On September 28th, more than a month after the shooting, Beck reiterated his focus on the Tides Foundation, warning, "I'm coming for you." In jailhouse interviews, the gunman confessed he views Beck as a "schoolteacher" who "blew my mind." My would-be killer admitted that Beck "give[s] you every ounce of evidence you could possibly need" to commit violence.

Beck is a self-described "Progressive Hunter" who relies on violent rhetoric. Do you really think that the millions of Americans who describe themselves as "progressive" need to be "hunted down"? If so, to what end?

For hours every day on radio and television, Beck pits American against American, telling his audience that our country is under attack by a demonic Nazi-like regime seeking to destroy all that is great about America while insisting it's up to his viewers to resist and revolt. He warned his audience that "these are the most dangerous two years of our republic. Because in the end, in revolutions, the real dangerous killers show up." Beck even compared our government to vampires while instructing his viewers to "drive a stake through the heart of the bloodsuckers" and pretended to poison Speaker Pelosi on television. A few months later, Gregory Giusti was was arrested for repeatedly threatening House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- including threatening to destroy her home -- because he was upset over health care reform. The man's mother told a local news station he listens to those with "really radical ideas," adding, "I'd say Fox News or all of those that are really radical."

When I started the Tides organizations 35 years ago, I did so in the very American belief that ordinary citizens had a role to play in our democratic process. It was, I thought, the responsibility of everyone to become engaged in our civic life, and for years we've worked with thousands of Americans to do just that. And, while we support progressive values and goals, we respect the rights and voices of those with whom we disagree on issues. Never in our history have we tolerated employees or grantees that support those who would do harm to others. By supporting Fox News Channel, you and your company are risking your reputation and good standing because they are doing just this.

As you may know, a coordinated advertiser boycott by Media Matters and Color of Change, an online civil rights group, has caused Glenn Beck's Fox News show to lose over 100 sponsors. Despite the campaign's success, Fox insists it has had no impact on the channel's profitability because the overall demand for advertisements on Fox has remained stable. Companies are still paying to advertise on Fox News, but their ads are simply moved to a different time of day. Thus, businesses that pay to broadcast commercials on Fox News are subsidizing Glenn Beck's television show by continuing to pump money into the network. It has become clear that the only way to stop supporting Beck is to stop supporting Fox News.

I respectfully request that you bring this matter of your company's sponsorship of hate speech leading to violence to the attention of your fellow directors as soon as possible. I believe no responsible company should advertise on Fox News due to its recent and on-going deplorable conduct.

While we may agree to disagree about the role our citizens and our government should play in promoting social justice and the common good, there should be no disagreement about what constitutes integrity and professionalism and responsibility in discourse - even when allowing for and encouraging contending diverse opinions intelligently argued. This is not a partisan issue. It's an American issue. No one, left, right or center, wants to see another Oklahoma City.

The next "assassin" may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands. The choice is yours. Please join my call to do the right thing in this regard and put Fox News at arm's length from your company by halting your advertising with them.

Sincerely,

Drummond Pike

CEO and Founder, Tides


Note from Ron Arnold

Drummond, your disgraceful "bloody shirt" rhetoric blaming Glenn Beck for the failed deeds of a deranged ex-convict deserves no sympathy at all, and certainly not the support of Fox News advertisers.

You were not hurt. You work in The Presidio, a privileged former military installation with plenty of protection. You live an elite life in a world of exceptional wealth and security. You're intelligent, educated, and talented.

You know nothing of bloody hands.

The Unabomber's last murder victim, Gil Murray, was killed because he led a timber group that Kaczynski saw mentioned in an environmental group's publication, according to his guilty plea. Go read it yourself here if you don't believe that Gil's murder was an act of ecoterrorism, killing for environmentalist reasons.

Gil was also a colleague and personal friend of mine. I wrote his story in a book called EcoTerror: The Violent Agenda to Save Nature: The World of the Unabomber. It was voted one of the 100 most important books of the 20th Century by the Random House Reader Survey.

The name of my organization was found by the FBI on a hit list in Kaczynski's remote Montana cabin. We were next. Upon FBI advice, I and all my employees were given package-bomb detection training by federal officials.

I could have used Gil's death as a campaign tactic to shut down the environmental group whose publication led Kaczynski to kill my friend and to stain many others with bloody shirt rhetoric. I didn't.

I could have used the Unabomber's hit list as a sympathy-exciter to gain  emotional support from the public, as you used Byron Williams. I didn't.

You and George Soros have created a million-dollar "Devil Made Me Do It" campaign to destroy a popular television outlet and all its employees for broadcasting things you don't like.

It shows that Glenn Beck hasn't ranted at you enough.

You missed that part about "We're each responsible for our own acts."


To see the $2.3 million Soros investment in News Corp,

click on the image (PDF):
 



 

To see Soros' current politically incorrect investments,
click on this image (PDF):



The American Left is no longer
about ethics and social justice.

It is about money and power.

And Destroy Your Enemies.
 


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