By Cliff Kincaid
  2004 February-A  

SOROS, MOYERS AND THEIR MEDIA ALLIES

 THIS ISSUE:
  • Blitzing Blitzer
  • Communists Subvert America
  • THE RISE (AND FALL?) OF HOWARD DEAN
  • Targeting Kids
  • Media Influence
  • Gay Money
  • Dean's Record
  • Child Porn
  •  What You Can Do
  • CLIFF'S NOTES
  • Taxpayer-funded liberal media personality Bill Moyers aired a story on January 9 that purported to examine big money in politics. On the "NOW With Bill Moyers" show on public television, he interviewed Charles Lewis of the Center for Public Integrity. Moyers, a liberal partisan of the Democratic Party who used to work for LBJ, admitted that his Schumann Foundation had funded Lewis. But Moyers didn't tell the full truth about how they both have a connection to billionaire leftist George Soros, who is spending millions of dollars to defeat Bush and the Republicans this fall. Soros says that "a number" of Democratic candidates would prove acceptable to him, including Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, and Senator John Kerry. "They all are pretty close to the positions that I would take," he says.

    Soros' positions are reflected in the causes embraced by the organizations he bankrolls. These include drug legalization, strengthening the United Nations, opposition to the death penalty, euthanasia, tax increases (including a global tax), immigrant rights, feminism, abortion rights, and homosexual rights.

    Lewis, author of "The Buying of the President 2004," talked with Moyers about the big money supporting the presidential candidates. But little time and attention was paid to how Soros is trying to buy the White House and is pouring millions of dollars into groups such as MoveOn.org to bring this about.

    In a throw-away line, Lewis mentioned that the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) had given $36 million to "mysterious" political action committees incorporated under the 527 provision of the IRS code. Moyers said they were a way to camouflage support for a candidate. Moyers asked if George Soros was doing this with the Democrats. "That's right," said Lewis. "Soros does it." But he said that Soros was disclosing these contributions and that he was really concerned about the money being spent that could not be tracked.

    Moyers failed to tell his viewers that he is on the board of Soros' Open Society Institute and that it has funneled $1.7 million into Lewis and his Center for Public Integrity.

    It turns out that the Moyers show aired an interview with Soros last September 12, where he declared, "The Republican Party has been captured by a bunch of extremists…" Soros, who has made over a billion dollars by exploiting the capitalist system through currency manipulation, was presented as an opponent of unchecked capitalism and a supporter of democracy and nation-building abroad. Yet he was found guilty of insider trading in France and has been described as "the man who broke the Bank of England" when he used complex financial transactions to undermine the value of the British currency, the pound.

    The real irony is that Soros is now spending millions of dollars to turn the White House over to the Democrats, using a loophole in the campaign-finance law that he promoted. The Soros website features an interesting press release trying to explain that the Soros money is for the purpose of "educating voters and increasing voter turnout…" That's about as straightforward as claiming that Bill Moyers is an objective journalist. Victor Lasky's book, It Didn't Start With Watergate, documented that Moyers was involved in LBJ's efforts to spy on political opponents and bug Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Blitzing Blitzer

    During a January 12 appearance on the CNN show, Wolf Blitzer Reports, Soros continued his attempts to mislead the people, adamantly denying that he had compared President Bush to the Nazis. "I did not do it," he said. "I would not do it, exactly because I have lived under a Nazi regime." But the Soros comparison of Bush to the Nazis was included in a Laura Blumenfeld article in the Washington Post on November 11. She reported that Soros believes that a "supremacist ideology" guides the White House and that Soros "hears echoes in its rhetoric of his childhood in occupied Hungary."

    Soros was quoted as saying, "When I hear Bush say, 'You're either with us or against us,' it reminds me of the Germans." He said the Bush rhetoric conjures up memories of "Nazi slogans on the walls," such as the German phrase for "The enemy is listening." Soros said that, "My experiences under Nazi and Soviet rule have sensitized me."

    The phrase, "with us or against us," was a statement about not being neutral in the war on terrorism. The "Nazis" are the Islamic terrorists, not the Bush administration and the U.S.

    Many who read or heard of the Soros statements say it is absolutely clear that Soros was comparing the President to the Nazis. But Soros made the denial of the Bush-Nazi comparison and wasn't challenged by Blitzer or anyone else in the media for telling an obvious lie. Soros made the denial in the context of explaining why he disagreed with an ad aired by MoveOn.org on its website comparing Bush to Hitler. One ad morphed an image of Hitler into President Bush and said that, "1945's war crimes" are "2003's foreign policy." Soros said he didn't like that comparison, but he is pouring millions of dollars into the group anyway.

    Soros is not alone, however, in comparing Bush, his administration or his policies to the Nazis. Leftist film-maker Michael Moore, who supports Wesley Clark for president, says that the Patriot Act is as un-American as Mein Kampf and was the first step in a process that could give America "something like they had in Germany."

    If so, the Democratic Party is part of it. The Patriot Act passed the Senate by a 98-1 vote and the House by a 357-66 vote. Senators Kerry and John Edwards voted for it. The bill was an obvious response to the failure of the government to prevent the 9/11 attacks.

    Communists Subvert America

    If civil liberties are in such peril, why is International ANSWER, the communist front group, able to organize massive demonstrations against the war and the Patriot Act?

    Preparing for an upcoming March 20 protest, ANSWER recently announced that 41 Arab- American and Muslim organizations have joined their coalition. It is obvious that the Patriot Act has not interfered with the ability of Muslim and communist groups that support America's enemies to organize on American soil. Some conservatives might say this proves that we need more, not less, homeland security.

    Rep. Melissa Hart of Pennsylvania says that tracking terrorists had been difficult before the Patriot Act because federal law did not include relatively new innovations, like mobile phones, voice-mail and e-mail, "leaving these networks open for terrorists to communicate." The Patriot Act updated the wiretap and surveillance laws to keep up with changing technologies and allowed government agencies to share more information about potential terrorists. Human Events newspaper reports that this provision is what enabled the government to finally hand down an indictment against Sami Al-Arian, the Florida professor, for leading a terrorist group on U.S. soil.

    Michael Moore, however, directs people to the Bill of Rights Foundation, a left-wing organization organizing opposition to the Patriot Act. We searched in vain for anything on the group's website protesting the FBI's intrusive, heavy-handed and fruitless investigation of former government scientist Steven Hatfill in the anthrax letters case. That's a real case of government abuse of privacy and civil liberties, but the left-wing Bill of Rights Foundation doesn't seem concerned, perhaps because Hatfill is not a left-winger.

    THE RISE (AND FALL?) OF HOWARD DEAN

    The major media have noted that former Vermont governor and Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, who came in third place in the Iowa Democratic Caucuses, signed the first state "civil union" law extending marriage benefits to homosexuals. But that's not even half the story.

    While the public is led to believe that Dean caught fire in the Democratic presidential primaries because of his opposition to the Iraq war, it's his financial support from rich homosexuals that has enabled him to organize the grass roots and spread his message.

    Dean, who started a political action committee called "Fund for a Healthy America," approved state funding of organizations that facilitated illicit "public sex environments," where homosexuals were engaging in anonymous sex and orgies in such areas as highway rest stops and public parks. Dean also approved the use of state funds to promote the homosexual lifestyle to students and young people.

    What's more, the original version of Dean's civil union bill included an age of acceptance of only 14, meaning that pedophile "man-boy" relationships could have been sanctioned by the state under certain circumstances. This backdoor effort to put boys in the hands of adult male homosexuals was eventually derailed by Vermont activist Brian Pearl, who ran for governor against Dean in the Democratic primary and physically carried a sign outside of Dean's office, protesting the pending legalization of the sexual abuse of minors. This protest forced legislators to change the bill by raising the age of consent for a homosexual union. Pearl, who labeled Dean a "pedophile enabler" for preparing to accept a version of the bill that included 14-year-old minors, has described Vermont in a new book as a homosexual-friendly "Homotopia."

    David Ayer, the chairman of the Washington County (Vermont) Republican Party, says that he was threatened with arrest when he tried to expose another aspect of Dean's pro-homosexual agenda. He discovered that students from the Vermont public schools were being taken to a middle school leadership conference for 12-15-year-old minors, entitled "Green Mountain Prevention Projects," held at Trinity College. Ayer and Robert Orleck of Randolph, Vermont, another conservative activist, were both threatened with arrest for attempting to enter a workshop they had signed up to attend entitled "Talkin' Sex." They discovered that the conference was designed to expose the young people to state-funded homosexual advocacy organizations and dangerous homosexual practices.

    When Ayer and Orleck demanded access to the conference, "They surrounded us, called the police and said that we were going to be arrested if we didn't leave. We said they should call the police because an illegal activity was occurring in the classroom with students."

    Targeting Kids

    Outright Vermont, one of the Dean-supported organizations active in the public schools, was the target of a demonstration in October 2000 by concerned Vermonters who objected to its "misuse of tax money to print pornography" and its luring of students as young as 14 to "safer-sex parties" and "weekend retreats" where they experimented with homosexuality.

    Pearl, Ayer, and researcher-and- investigator Laura Snyder held a news conference to draw critical attention to the growing controversy over "public sex environments," or PSEs. The state government's "outreach" efforts in these PSEs are perhaps the most bizarre aspect of Dean's tenure as governor. So-called "public sex environments" are public parks, highway rest stops, and family picnic areas where homosexuals go to have anonymous sex. The Vermont State Police said they received over 100 complaints about activity at the sites, including public sex acts by homosexuals, illegal drug transactions, and the use of pornography. Truckers complained about homosexuals soliciting them for sex, causing traffic problems and even accidents.

    Documents show that the Vermont Department of Health AIDS program facilitated the distribution of condoms and "safe sex" devices to homosexuals in the PSEs.

    But when the State Police tried to crack down on the criminal and sexual activity at the sites by issuing warning tickets to loiterers, the Vermont chapter of the ACLU objected to the "surveillance" of the areas.

    If this is the first you have heard about these bizarre and controversial activities, the state and national media can be blamed. David Moats of the Rutland (Vt.) Herald was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for a series of editorials promoting civil unions for homosexuals, described by the Pulitzer Board as "even-handed and influential." However, they ignored the controversy over the pedophile provision in the original draft. Moats, author of Civil Wars: A Battle for Gay Marriage, believes the legislature had a "constitutional obligation" to pass the bill and ignore "the moral claims of diverse outraged sectarian groups…"

    Moats was honored for his work by the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

    A former reporter and city editor for the Rutland Herald, Allen Gilbert, was recently named executive director of the Vermont affiliate of the ACLU, which promoted and defended the civil union bill.

    Media Influence

    Rep. Thomas Little, the liberal Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee who drafted the bill, said the Herald's editorials "were a morale booster" to his side. Little worked with Rep. Bill Lippert, who is openly homosexual, served as vice chairman of the committee, and runs the pro-homosexual Samara Foundation in Vermont.

    The legislature acted in response to a December 1999 Vermont Supreme Court ruling, Baker v. Vermont, which held that the Vermont Constitution required the state to extend the benefits and protections of marriage to homosexuals and ordered the legislature to act to permit this. The decision was unanimous by the five justices but was delivered by Chief Justice Jeffrey L. Amestoy, who was appointed by Dean.

    The conservative Vermont think tank, the Ethan Allen Institute, called the Justices the "Five Supreme Legislators" and said the ruling was defective and over-reaching.

    Dean, who was governor of Vermont until January 2003, declared at a news conference that he was prepared to provide "political cover" to members of the legislature voting for the bill.

    The Senate passed the bill in a 19-11 vote on April 19, 2000. The final floor vote in the House, on April 25, was 79-68 in favor. Dean signed the bill as soon as it was on his desk on April 26. He won re-election later that year with barely 50 percent of the vote.

    Gay Money

    Attempting to explain Dean's record-setting fundraising, Thomas B. Edsall of the Washington Post reported that it "took off in large part because of an outpouring of support" from the homosexual community. He added, "Some of the largest contributions to the Fund for a Healthy America, the political action committee Dean set up in 2001 to finance the exploration of a presidential campaign, were from prominent leaders in the gay community."

    One was billionaire homosexual David Bohnett, who founded the Geocities website and gave the Dean PAC $5,000. He also underwrites the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Educational Network.

    Another is Tim Gill, founder of the Gill Foundation, who hosted a meeting for Dean with "gay philanthropists" in May 2002 when he was planning his run for the White House. The foundation was started with $80 million from Gill, the founder of Quark, Inc., a computer software company worth $500 million. The Gill Foundation, which now claims assets of $260 million, has been described as the largest funder of gay and lesbian causes in the United States.

    The Gill Foundation's "Outgiving" project had given a grant to Lippert's Samara Foundation to host a series of workshops in Vermont on the subject of funding homosexual organizations. Out in the Mountains, Vermont's homosexual newspaper, said the workshops marked "the first time an entire state has been chosen for the project."

    In March 2000, the National Lesbian and Gay Community Funding Partnership Fund, a project of the Astraea Foundation, unveiled a plan to make $300,000 available to the Samara Foundation and the Vermont Community Foundation, which then announced their own "Vermont Unity Project" to benefit pro-homosexual groups in the state.

    Members of the Funding Partnership include the Collin Higgins Foundation, Columbia Foundation, David Geffen Foundation, Levi Strauss Foundation, Joyce Mertz Gilmore Foundation, Gill Foundation, and the Open Society Institute of George Soros.

    Dean's Record

    Needless to say, Vermont's homosexual groups strongly support Dean. The cover story in the November 2003 issue of Out in the Mountains was headlined "Gays for Dean" and noted that, "For nearly a year now, he [Dean] has been traveling the country, greeted with standing ovations at gay pride celebrations and other lgbt [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] gatherings."

    While pushing the homosexual agenda, Dean has been claiming to have an excellent record on protecting children in Vermont from sexual abuse.

    Child Porn

    Pro-family groups disagreed, citing a growing number of cases of sexual abuse and child pornography in Vermont. They mobilized in support of a House bill, introduced by Rep. Tom Koch, to eliminate exemptions in Vermont's criminal statutes that allowed schools, museums, libraries and some others to possess and distribute children pornography. "These exemptions currently favor sexual predators and create an environment of risk for our children," the organizations said in a joint statement.

    Kenneth Wooden of the anti-child molestation group, Child Lures Prevention, declared in a January 29, 2003, letter that, "Despite several attempts over the years, I have regretfully been unable to get Child Lures Prevention efforts initiated in my beloved home state of Vermont." Wooden stated, "While former Governor Dean's administration touted its success in lowering the incidence of sexual abuse by 35 percent, that decline only holds true for children 0-3 years old. All other sexual abuse is actually on the rise…"

    What You Can Do

    Send the enclosed cards or cards and letters of your own choosing to Bill Moyers, Dr. Jeffrey Record, and Gail Collins of the New York Times.

    CLIFF'S NOTES By Cliff Kincaid

    DEAR FELLOW MEDIA WATCHDOG: 1/22/04

    TWO OF THE RICHEST DEMOCRATS IN THE SENATE-JOHN KERRY AND John Edwards-scored it big in the Iowa Caucuses. Through his wife, Kerry is reported to be worth $675 million, while Edwards, a trial lawyer, has a fortune worth at least $15 million. Despite his third-place showing and erratic behavior, Howard Dean raised $40 million for the campaign last year, has the support of big-money homosexuals, and cannot be ruled out. But George Soros, the man pulling the strings behind the scenes, is worth more than $1 billion. As we point out, Bill Moyers of public television is a well-known Democrat, but his wife, Judith, is also a prominent Democrat, having made financial contributions to Democratic Party candidates. She's part of his Public Affairs Television group, which produces the NOW series we refer to in this report. We suggest dropping a postcard to Bill Moyers about his failure to mention his association with George Soros.

    JOHN KERRY INHERITED THE HEINZ FOOD FORTUNE WHEN HE MARRIED TERESA HEINZ, whose husband, John Heinz, was a Republican who died in a 1991 plane crash. It is ironic that Kerry, who came in first in the caucuses in Iowa, did well by emphasizing his patriotism and military service in the Vietnam War. He is a Vietnam veteran who has made another Vietnam veteran, Oliver North, an issue, and Kerry turned against the war. On NBC's Meet the Press, he told host Tim Russert: "I've stood up and fought against Richard Nixon's war in Vietnam. I stood up and fought against Ronald Reagan's illegal war in Central America…I blew the whistle on Oliver North and his illegal aid network." Nixon's war? JFK and LBJ accelerated U.S. military involvement in Vietnam. Nixon was trying to figure a way out without abandoning South Vietnam to the communists. Kerry even accused his fellow soldiers in Vietnam of committing "genocide." Kerry now says that he was "angry" when he said that. The genocide occurred when the U.S. was forced to withdraw from Vietnam and the Communists took over Vietnam and Cambodia, resulting in hundreds of thousands of boat people trying to escape and the slaughter of millions left behind. That occurred when the Democratic Congress, under pressure from Kerry and his Vietnam Veterans Against the War, cut off funds for the war effort.

    THE BEST BOOK ON THE SUBJECT IS BETRAYAL IN VIETNAM BY LEWIS FANNING, WHO SAYS, "…it was not the Hanoi communists who won the war, but rather the American Congress that lost it." Going through the provisions of various bills, he presents the case that "A Democratic caucus of the Congress of the United states, aided and abetted by a few liberal Republicans, cast the South Vietnamese people into Communist slavery."

    OLIVER NORTH'S AWARENESS OF HOW CONGRESS ABANDONED THE PEOPLE OF SOUTHEAST Asia to communism was a factor in the Iran-Contra affair. That was an effort by North and his colleagues to funnel assistance to Nicaraguan freedom fighters, or Contras, when Congress, once again under the grip of liberal Democrats, tried to cut them off and solidify in power the regime of the Communist Sandinistas. Former National Security adviser Robert McFarlane explained that North's support of the Contras was shaped by his experience of watching the people of Vietnam betrayed by the Congress to the communists. He didn't want to see it happen again. Kerry calls it "illegal," but North, then a staffer on the National Security Council under President Reagan, had received legal advice from the President's Intelligence Oversight Board that congressional restrictions on aid to the Contras didn't cover the NSC staff. The Contras survived, forcing the Sandinistas to hold free elections. The Sandinistas were voted out of office and Nicaragua has a democratic government today.

    SPEAKING OF OLLIE NORTH, HE HAS HAD SOME TOUGH WORDS FOR DR. JEFFREY RECORD, a professor at the United States Army War College, who wrote a much-publicized article for its Strategic Studies Institute contending that the war on Iraq was a mistake that diverted attention from the war on terrorism. Record claims that non-state terrorism "was notable for its absence in Saddam Hussein's Iraq." North counters: "Abu Nidal, the terrorist who tried to kill my wife and children, was found dead in Iraq-not Libya. And Abu Abbas, the terrorist who organized the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro in 1995-and who subsequently funneled millions to Hamas and Al Aksar suicide terrorists, was captured in Baghdad-not Syria or Lebanon." We suggest sending a postcard to Professor Record, asking him to respond to Ollie's points.

    PROFESSOR RECORD ALSO MAKES THE CLAIM, POPULAR IN THE MEDIA, THAT THE OKLAHOMA City bombing was "home-grown terrorism" in the U.S. A December 13, 2003, op-ed in the New York Times by Daniel Levitas said the same thing, raising the specter of a right-wing militia movement ready to stage more terrorist crimes in the U.S. Levitas questioned whether the FBI was doing enough to combat the threat. He said that, "…in light of the F.B.I.'s poor record in keeping tabs on the militia movement before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, one wonders whether the agency has the will to do so now." Levitas, author of The Terrorist Next Door, quoted a Justice Department official as saying, not long after the Oklahoma City attack, "'Unfortunately, keeping track of right-wing and neo-Nazi hate groups isn't necessarily a path to career advancement in the Bureau." The op-ed in the Times was headlined, "Our Enemies at Home."

    IT IS STRANGE THAT THE TIMES WOULD PUBLISH SUCH AN OP-ED WHEN A TIMES REPORTER had discovered evidence that the plot was hatched in Afghanistan. Recall that on the November 28, 2001, edition of the PBS NewsHour program, host Ray Suarez asked David Rohde of the Times about what had been left behind by the retreating Taliban and al Qaeda forces. Rohde said that he found a lab and documents about anthrax and balloons to disperse biological agents. Rohde went on to say, "There was even one notebook that gave the formula for a fertilizer bomb, and written in it was Oklahoma City, and that it was the exact same chemical mix used in the Oklahoma City bombing." He said much the same thing in a Times article. Actually, his and other reports show that the documents indicated that al Qaeda used a far more sophisticated and powerful bomb in Oklahoma City. The point is that a foreign connection to the bombing was established but has not been followed up by the media or by the FBI. It is irresponsible for the Times to run the Levitas op-ed and pretend that the bombing was the result of domestic terrorists with no foreign connections. Remember that then-President Clinton blamed Oklahoma City on the right-wing egged on by "hate radio." He used the attack for political purposes. In order to do this, his administration suppressed reports of a Middle Eastern connection to the bombing. A possible al Qaeda connection to the post-9/11anthrax attacks has also been dismissed. We suggest writing to New York Times editorial page editor Gail Collins, asking her about this. If the war on terrorism is going to be a major issue this year, we deserve all the facts.

    For Accuracy in Media,
    Cliff Kincaid
    Editor

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