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Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Dalia Mogahed Tweet Gets Her In Trouble, Again

The official Twitter account for the English website of the Muslim Brotherhood this past weekend retweeted a post by Dalia Mogahed, a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

Mogahed had tweeted: “Was great President Obama recognized Anthony Shadid tonight.” She was referring to Obama’s White House Correspondents Dinner speech at which he took a serious moment to recall the death of Shadid, a Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for The New York Times who died in February of an apparent asthma attack while covering the uprising in Syria.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Twitter account, @ikhwanweb, says in its profile that its “re-tweets mean official endorsements of the subject matter.”

This isn’t the first time Mogahed’s twitter account drew controversy to her. Last month, she came under fire for remarks on Twitter about Israel. She wrote about her opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which she pointed out that the embattled ruler can no longer “deliver…resistance to Israel.”

After bloggers noticed the tweet, Mogahed clarified, “I am criticizing [people] who support Assad because they think he resists Israel.” However, her tweet could easily be interpreted to mean she is decrying Assad’s inability to “resist” Israel. “Resistance” is a term routinely used by Islamic extremists to mean terrorism targeting civilians.

Besides her role on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Mogahed is also on the advisory council of the Department of Homeland Security.

This reporter was the first to expose Mogahed’s radical Islamic ties, including her partnership in an Islamic project whose stated goal was to “define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times.” That project, the Shariah Index Project, was founded and directed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Muslim cleric behind the 13-story, $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque being built two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.

Together with Rauf, Mogahed was also a leading voice in the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, which issued a 153-page recommendation paper, obtained and reviewed by this column, that calls for dialogue with Hamas and engagement with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Communist Chairman: Vote For Obama

The Communist Party USA isn’t always happy with the Democrats, but in the 2012 election, its chairman says, the best bet for advancing the party’s goals is to back Barack Obama.

In a report called “Defeating the Right wing on the Road to Socialism” delivered to the CPUSA annual conference, Party Chairman Sam Webb moved to squash sentiments that disgruntled communists should jump off the Democrat ship and back a third-party candidate for president.

“Some think the Democrats are as bad as the Republicans. Others go further and say that the Democrats are worse because they create popular illusions that change is possible within the two-party system,” Webb said. “And finally there are advocates of running a third-party presidential candidate in this election.

“I can understand these sentiments, but only up to a point,” he said. “Like it or not, millions go to the polls in spite of their misgivings…and the Democratic Party is the vehicle of reform for tens of millions, the majority of whom are working and oppressed people.”

Therefore, Webb said, communists need to join other left-leaning allies in ensuring Republicans are defeated in November

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.

Aaron Klein Radio Among ‘Heaviest’ In U.S.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Aaron Klein’s popular radio program made the radio industry’s highly coveted Talkers Magazine “Heavy Hundred,” one of only two all-weekend shows in America to make the list.

“Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” broadcast live from the beaches of Tel Aviv, is heard on New York’s 77 WABC Radio, the largest talk station in the U.S.

“I’m very happy that Aaron has made this coveted industry list,” stated Chuck Armstrong, WABC’s assistant program director. “Aaron is in good company among several other 77 WABC hosts.”

Once per year, Talkers issues the Top 250 along with the “Heavy Hundred” radio hosts in America. The Talkers rankings are often quoted in newspapers and other publications. (www.talkers.com/heavy-hundred)

With thousands of weekday shows on air, it is rare for a weekend program to make the list. Klein came in at #99.

Klein’s highly-rated show focuses on U.S. politics and foreign affairs. It uniquely fuses news reporting, including exclusive investigative journalism, with the concept of talk radio and is the only radio talk show in America that is broadcast from the Middle East.

“Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” routinely breaks news and is referred to nearly weekly by the news media.

While focusing heavily on U.S. affairs, Klein is also known to interview world leaders and senior terrorists live on the air.

Klein is a Jewish Press columnist and serves as WND’s senior reporter and Jerusalem bureau chief. He is a New York Times bestselling author of four books (his fifth will be released this August) and a frequent guest on cable news. His website, updated throughout the day, is KleinOnline.com.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

Is Obama Making A Deal With Iran?

President Obama has been engaged in secret back channel talks with Iran in which he has informed Tehran’s leaders that he is completely opposed to any Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities, according to informed Middle Eastern officials.

The officials told this reporter that the behind-the-scenes talks aim to secure a guarantee from Iran that it will not retaliate against the U.S. in the event of an Israeli military strike, the officials said.

It is unclear what, if anything, Obama offered Iran in exchange for a pledge against targeting U.S. installations, including in the Gulf.

The State Department did not immediately return a request seeking comment on the alleged back door talks.

Controversial Group Forging Ahead In Getting On Ballots

The mysteriously funded, highly organized Americans Elect, or AE, is now one step closer to its goal of getting on the ballot in all 50 states in an effort, apparently, to run an independent candidate for president.

The group has ties to President Obama and top Democrats, as this column has previously documented.

On Friday, AE was notified that it was approved for the ballot in Oklahoma for the 2012 presidential election after filing nearly 90,000 signatures of Oklahoma voters one month.

AE seems designed to appear like a massive, grassroots effort involving millions of citizens acting to draft a third-party candidate. However, the organization’s voting process has been called into question. There are concerns AE’s bylaws may allow its own board members to bypass votes and nominate their own candidate.

AE plans to hold its own nominating convention on the Internet this June to select an independent presidential and vice-presidential candidate. The group says any registered voter can sign up to participate in the June convention.

To get on state ballots, AE has been demonstrating mass organizing skills. The group says it collected more than two million signatures nationwide in its effort to get on state ballots. WorldNetDaily found that two AE board members, Kellen Arno and Michael Arno, were paid by the group to help run the massive signature-gathering drive through their firm, Arno Political Consultants (APC).

APC has been rampantly accused of forging signatures and collecting signatures using fraud. In 2004, APC was accused of forging signatures on a petition to legalize slot machines in Florida’s Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. The next year, Boston’s Fox television affiliate, WFXT, ran a feature interviewing paid signature collectors hired by APC through subcontractors. The interviewees said they were trained on how to trick people into signing a petition using fraud, including by switching the petition text after each signature was collected.

In 2007, APC reportedly hired JSM Inc., which in turn hired independent contractors who gave snacks and food to homeless people in exchange for signing petitions and registering to vote. Then in 2009, APC gathered signatures to put the Ohio Casino Initiative on the Nov. 3, 2009, ballot, but a subsequent review reportedly found the overall validity of the signatures were certified at just under 51 percent.

In late 2010, AE changed its tax status from a tax-exempt group to what is known as a 501(c)(4), or social-welfare organization, which is not required to show its donor list. Capital Weekly reported that prior to the change, in the second and third quarters of 2010, AE’s more than $1.5 million in funding came from one person – Obama donor Peter Ackerman. Ackerman reportedly gave AE a total of at least $5 million in seed money. Many of AE’s other donors are unknown.

AE’s Internet voting system has also been called into question. Pamela Smith, president of VerifiedVoting.org, a voters’ advocacy group, argued AE’s Internet voting is insecure and difficult to audit. Regardless of the results, there reportedly are concerns that current guidelines allow AE brass to anoint their own candidate.

Salon.com reporter Justin Elliott noted candidates chosen by voters must be approved by a Candidate Certification Committee, which according to the group’s bylaws consists of AE’s board members. This column reviewed AE’s board, finding multiple ties to Obama; some Republicans were also on the committee.

Besides Ackerman, the advisory board includes Lawrence Lessig, an Obama technology adviser. Lessig has been mentioned as a future candidate to head the Federal Communications Commission. He advised Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

AE’s CEO, Kahlil Byrd, has drawn scrutiny from conservatives because he formerly served as Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick’s communications director. Patrick’s chief strategist was top Obama strategist David Axelrod.

AE board member W. Bowman Cutter is senior adviser to the Podesta Group lobbying and public relations firm, founded by John Podesta, who directed Obama’s transition into the White House in 2008. Podesta is director of the Center for American Progress, which is reportedly highly influential in helping to craft White House policy

Is There More To The Obama-Ayers Story?

Has the full extent of President Obama’s relationship with Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers been exposed?

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Obama Faith Adviser Under Fire For Tweet On ‘Resistance To Israel’

Dalia Mogahed, a member of President Barack Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, is under fire for her remarks on Twitter about Israel. Now she is attempting to deflect controversy after she wrote on Twitter about her opposition to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in which she pointed out the embattled ruler can no longer “deliver…resistance to Israel.”

Her full Tweet read: “To those siding w/ Assad: he cannot deliver stability, protection of minorities, or resistance to Israel. He is a killer w/o legitimacy.”

After bloggers noticed, Mogahed tweeted, “I am criticizing (people) who support Assad because they think he resists Israel.”

However, her tweet in question can be easily interpreted to mean she is decrying Assad’s inability to “resist” Israel. “Resistance” is a term routinely used by Islamic extremists to mean terrorism targeting civilians.

Besides her role on the White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Mogahed is also on the advisory council of the Department of Homeland Security. She testified before the Senate on engagement with the Muslim community.

Mogahed has a larger controversial Islamic history. She was a partner in an Islamic project whose stated goal was to “define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times.”

The project was founded and directed by Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf, the controversial Muslim cleric behind the 13-story, $100 million Islamic cultural center and mosque being built two blocks from Ground Zero in New York City.

Together with Rauf, Mogahed was a leading voice in the Leadership Group on U.S.-Muslim Engagement, which issued a 153-page recommendation paper that calls for dialogue with Hamas.

Mogahed is a senior analyst and executive director of the Gallup Center for Muslim Studies, where she led what has been described as an unprecedented survey of Muslims worldwide, including in the U.S. and Europe.

Mogahed and the Gallup survey provided key data for Rauf’s “Shariah Index Project,” which sought, according to its own mission, to “define, interpret and implement the concept of the Islamic State in modern times.”

Iran Bribing Hamas Officials To Do Its Bidding

An internal Hamas investigation has found that Iran is paying off Hamas members to form independent militias to do Tehran’s bidding against Israel, sources in Hamas told this column.

At least seven high Hamas military officers have been bribed by Iran to work with Islamic Jihad and other Gazan groups to fire rockets at Israel during any confrontation between the Jewish state and Iran.

Hamas discovered this information while probing whether Iran is planning a coup d’état against it.

Last week, KleinOnline reported that Iran has been pressing jihadist groups in Gaza to continue firing rockets into Israel, according to Egyptian security officials. Egyptian intelligence officials have been mediating between Israel and Hamas in an attempt to restore calm on the Israel-Gaza border. Egyptian officials involved in the talks say Hamas has been trying to halt the rocket-fire coming from Iranian-sponsored Gazan groups, including Islamic Jihad.

The Egyptian officials also say Hamas has asked them to press Islamic Jihad to agree to a cease-fire. The sources complain that Iran has been pressuring Islamic Jihad to escalate the rocket attacks.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief and senior reporter for WorldNetDaily.com. He is also host of an investigative radio program on New York’s 770-WABC Radio, the largest talk radio station in the U.S., every Sunday between 7-9 p.m. His website is KleinOnline.com.

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

Occupy Wall Street Calls For 20,000 Protesters In Lower Manhattan

The Occupy Wall Street movement is calling for protesters to flood lower Manhattan in September, where they are to set up tents and barricades while resisting any police or National Guard attempt to dispel the crowd, KleinOnline has learned.

“If we hang in there, 20,000-strong, week after week against every police and National Guard effort to expel us from Wall Street, it would be impossible for Obama to ignore us,” reads a call to arms posted on the website of Adbusters Magazine, which has been behind Occupy since the movement’s inception.

“Our government would be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations,” added the announcement.

After largely breaking for the winter, Occupy is calling for the encampment to begin Sept. 17. “On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months,” reads the Adbusters announcement.

“Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices…We demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”

In January, this column first reported that a coalition of U.S. radical groups, including the Occupy Movement, is preparing protests to start in September, including the targeting of the Democratic National Convention that takes place that month in Charlotte, N.C.

The Occupy movement, however, is likely to escalate months before the Sept. 3-6 event. A slew of extremist organizations, some tied to Obama, are preparing protests to coincide with major NATO and G-8 summits slated for Chicago in May.

Is The U.S. Arming Al Qaeda To Fight Syria’s Bashar Assad?

Turkey has been arming Al Qaeda organizations as part of its aid to the opposition targeting the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad, according to Egyptian security officials speaking to this column.

Turkey is a member of NATO. It has been coordinating its arming of many Syrian opposition groups with the U.S. and several Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan, the security officials said. The officials did not have specific information that the U.S. was aware of, or involved in, the direct arming of the Al Qaeda groups.

Several knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials claimed the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi in the country’s northern desert region. The security officials also claimed Saudi Arabia was sending weapons to the rebels via surrogates.

Al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, released a video last month calling on Muslims to support Syrian rebels to oust Assad’s “pernicious, cancerous regime.”

Media Matters For America Official Tells Detractors To ‘Go To Hell’

In response to the controversy surrounding Media Matters for America, a top official from the organization told one of his group’s main detractors to “go to hell.” “Best way to tell Dershowitz to go to hell (1) picket his classroom or (2) tell your friends to follow me on twitter,” tweeted Media Matters Action Network senior fellow M.J. Rosenberg, referring to liberal Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz.

While Rosenberg’s tweet may not have been an official response from Media Matters, it’s the first public recognition of the ensuing controversy by anyone inside the embattled organization.

Rosenberg makes clear in his Twitter profile that “statements here are my own and do not represent the views or policies” of Media Matters.

Last week, Dershowitz was in the news after he announced on this reporter’s WABC Radio show that he will personally make the Media Matters for America controversy a re-election issue for President Obama.

A series of reports has exposed the embattled Media Matters’s purported illicit tactics, including compiling a de facto enemies list; announcing an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel; and reportedly seeking to investigate the personal lives of reporters and news personalities.

The information came amid reports that White House staffers held regular meetings and even a weekly conference call with Media Matters.

Dershowitz takes particular issue with Media Matters coverage of Israel, including rhetoric from Rosenberg, who is known for his extreme anti-Israel views. Rosenberg has been pushing the phrase “Israel Firster,” implying that those who support the Jewish state put Israel’s needs before those of the U.S.

Rosenberg has called Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu a “terrorist” and Israel’s President Shimon Peres an “uberhawk on Iran” who has “undermined” Obama. He has denied that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ever threatened to wipe Israel off the map, suggesting it was a mistranslation despite similar rhetoric being regularly repeated by top Iranian officials. He has compared the violence of terrorist-supporting anti-Israel activists on recent Gaza flotillas with “civil rights demonstrators who sat down at segregated lunch counters through the south.” And recently, he defended reporter Helen Thomas against charges of anti-Semitism for saying the Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine.” He criticized Obama for “diss[ing]” Thomas calling instead for her to be “salute[d].”

Aaron Klein: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

NATO Considering Attack On Bashar Assad’s Regime

NATO countries are strongly considering the possibility of an international deployment to Syria if the Syrian opposition does not make major advances in the next few weeks, according to multiple informed Middle Eastern diplomatic and security officials.

Egyptian security officials, meanwhile, outlined what they said was large scale international backing for the rebels attacking the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad – including arms and training from the U.S., Turkey, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.

Several knowledgeable Egyptian and Arab security officials claimed the U.S., Turkey and Jordan were running a training base for the Syrian rebels in the Jordanian town of Safawi, which is located in the country’s northern desert region.

Those security officials also claimed Saudi Arabia was sending weapons to the rebels via surrogates, including Druze and Christian leaders in Lebanon such as Druze leader Walid Jumblatt; Saudi-Lebanese billionaire Saad Hariri, who recently served as Lebanon’s prime minister; and senior Lebanese opposition leader Samir Farid Geagea.

Syrian sources claimed to this column that Jordan’s fingerprints can bee seen on the opposition forces entering the country. They claimed that just this week they shot dead 15 armed smugglers coming into the country from Jordan and that Jordanian forces helped cover the smugglers’ tracks on the Jordanian side of the border.

While Turkey, the U.S. and Arab countries may be arming the opposition, Russia has been directly aiding Assad’s forces on the ground, according to informed Middle Eastern diplomatic and security officials.

In once recent incident, when opposition forces successfully destroyed a Russian-provided tank in the rebel stronghold of Homs using an antitank missile, the officials said that Russian technicians took fragments of the missile to study the components in a Russian lab to determine the exact missile used.

Meanwhile, according to those same Middle Eastern diplomatic and security officials speaking to this reporter, the international community is considering launching NATO airstrikes on Assad’s forces as soon as March if the opposition does not make major strides toward ending Assad’s regime.

NATO members, however, have been satisfied with the momentum of the opposition in the last few days, which saw a number of defectors from the Syrian military join the rebels, a move that also precipitated the downfall of Muammar Khaddafi’s regime in Libya.

Similar to Khaddafi, Assad’s regime has been accused of major human rights violations, including crimes against humanity in clamping down on a violent insurgency targeting his rule.

Damascus officials claimed NATO troops are currently training in Turkey for a Turkish-led NATO invasion of Syria.

Dershowitz To Launch Crusade Against Media Matters

Liberal Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz vowed he will begin a campaign to personally make the Media Matters for American controversy into a reelection issue for President Obama.

A series of reports has exposed the embattled Media Matters’s purported illicit tactics, including compiling a de facto enemies list; announcing an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel; and reportedly seeking to investigate the personal lives of reporters and news personalities.

The information came amid reports that White House staffers held regular meetings and even a weekly conference call with Media Matters.

Dershowitz took particular issue with Media Matters’s coverage of Israel, including rhetoric from Media Matters Action Network senior fellow M.J. Rosenberg, who is known for his extreme anti-Israel views. Rosenberg has been pushing the phrase “Israel Firster,” implying those who support the Jewish state place Israel’s needs before those of the U.S.

“Not only will [the Media Matters controversy] be an election matter, I will personally make it an election matter,” said Dershowitz.

He continued: “I will speak to every Jewish group that invites me, and I think it’s fair to say I speak to more Jewish groups than probably any other person in the world. I spoke to over a million Jews over the years. You know, just last Thursday I spoke to 1,200, just in the next weeks alone I’ll be speaking…to thousands of American Jews. And believe me, I will not let them ignore this issue.”

Dershowitz made these comments on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio.

“I don’t know whether President Obama has any idea that Media Matters has turned the corner against Israel in this way,” Dershowitz said. “I can tell you this, he will know very shortly because I am beginning a serious campaign on this issue and I will not let it drop until and unless Rosenberg is fired from Media Matters, or Media Matters changes its policy or the White House disassociates itself from Media Matters.”

Koch Not A Santorum Fan

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch recently lambasted Rick Santorum in an interview on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio.”

“Santorum is nuts,” Koch told this reporter. “And I say that in a loving way. He is someone who is of the belief that religious obligations that he has can be imposed on other people. Now I don’t mind his imposing on himself the business of no pre-natal care, no abortion. That’s okay from his point of view. But in my judgment, it’s nuts to try to impose that on other people of other religions who don’t agree with you.”

Aaron Klein: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Obama Tied To Controversial Media Matters Group

President Obama served for eight years on the board of a charity that is a top donor to the embattled Media Matters for America progressive activist organization.

Obama is also tied to numerous other top Media Matters donors and fundraisers, including a foundation run by the finance chair of his 2008 presidential campaign, WorldNetDaily has learned.

Last week, the Daily Caller released a list of grants to Media Matters. A review of the donor list by this reporter found multiple ties to Obama.

This information comes amid reports that White House staffers held regular meetings with Media Matters, which is under fire for unusual tactics, including compiling a de facto enemies list; announcing an all-out campaign of “guerrilla warfare and sabotage” aimed at the Fox News Channel; and reportedly seeking to investigate the personal lives of targeted reporters and news personalities.

The Media Matters donor list includes the Pritzker Family Foundation, which donated a total of $400,000 to the progressive attack group in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

The Pritzker family is most famous for owning the Hyatt hotel chain and is considered to be one of America’s wealthiest families.

The family foundation is directed by Penny Pritzker, who served as the national finance chair of Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. Penny Pritzker is currently a member of Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board, which formulates and evaluates economic policy for the Obama Administration.

Another top donor to Media Matters, according to the released donor list, is the Joyce Foundation. Obama served on the Joyce Foundation board from 1994-2002.

Joyce gave a $400,000 grant to Media Matters in 2010, purportedly to “support a gun and public safety issue initiative.”

While Obama was on the Joyce Foundation board, the organization granted tens of millions of dollars to gun control organizations. Also numerous large grants were provided to a group called Leadership for Quality Education, which was run by John Ayers, the brother of Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers.

Also while Obama was at Joyce, the foundation gave numerous grants to the Small Schools workshop at the University of Chicago which was founded by Bill Ayers and is run by avowed communist activist Mike Klonsky, who served with Ayers in the Students for a Democratic Society group.

Another key funding tie for Media Matters is the Center for American Progress led by John Podesta, who directed Obama’s transition team into the White House. Media Matters reportedly entered into a fundraising-sharing agreement with the Center for American Progress, or CAP.

The CAP’s extensive reports and research reportedly help to inform Obama administration policy. A 2008 Time magazine article profiles its influence in the formation of the Obama administration, stating that “not since the Heritage Foundation helped guide Ronald Reagan’s transition in 1981 has a single outside group held so much sway.”

The CAP has received large grants from the Tides Foundation, which, according to the published donor list, is the single largest donor to Media Matters, with over $4 million in donations to the group. This journalist was first to report last week on the Tides’ donations to Media Matters.

Tides is a controversial far-left clearinghouse that funds groups such as MoveOn.org, ACORN and a litany of anti-war organizations. The Tides Foundation is funded in part by billionaire George Soros, himself a prominent Media Matters donor via his Open Society Institute.

Tides functions as a money tunnel in which major leftist donors provide large sums that are channeled to hundreds of radical groups.

Tides documentation reviewed by WND shows that the group provided a total of $4.1 million to Media Matters during the fiscal years of 2004-2009. During that same time period, Tides provided an additional $110,000 to the Media Matters Action Network, the group’s affiliated progressive lobby.

The Tides Foundation funding to Media Matters was most significant during the progressive news organization’s startup year in 2004, when Tides granted it $2.2 million.

In 2005, Tides sent another $1.1 million to Media Matters. The years 2006 and 2007 saw smaller Tides donations of $56,223 and $38,225 respectively. In 2008, a significant Tides donation of $659,500 came in to Media Matters, with another $106,038 in 2009.

In 2010, the Tides Center expressed public support for Media Matters when the media group stepped up its activism against Fox News by posting a webpage dedicated to anti-Fox material along with an online petition that pressed Fox’s advertisers to “Drop Fox.” At the time, Tides chief executive and founder, Drummond Pike, endorsed Media Matters’s campaign.

Media Matters has already admitted to taking $1 million directly from Soros. The billionaire has donated more than $7 million to Tides over the years.

Now the revelation of Tides donations to Media Matters may raise more questions about the partiality of the media group. Tides is one of the biggest financial backers of progressive and radical left groups in the U.S.

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