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    Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Media Matters Boss Paid Former Partner $850G 'blackmail' Settlement | Fox News

    Media Matters chief David Brock paid a former domestic partner $850,000 after being threatened with damaging information involving the organization’s donors and the IRS – a deal that Brock later characterized as a blackmail payment, according to legal documents obtained by FoxNews.com.
    Brock, 49, heads the non-profit Media Matters for America, which bills itself as a watchdog of the conservative media but has recently come under fire for allegedly coordinating with Democrats in what could be a violation of its tax-exempt status.
    Brock’s bitter legal battle with Grey, who is described in a Sept. 14, 2010, police report obtained by FoxNews.com as his domestic partner of more than 10 years, began after Brock began dating Washington, D.C., restaurant impresario James Alefantis about five years ago. For the next three years, Brock and Grey traded angry accusations, which were documented in the police report and were the foundation of a pitched legal battle replete with charges of blackmail, theft and financial malfeasance.
    "Please finish this today so I don’t have to waste my time emailing anyone – Biden, Coulter, Carlson, Huffington, Drudge, Ingraham," Grey wrote in a 2008 email.
    Nearly two years later, Grey accused Brock of "financial malfeasance" and threatened to undermine Brock’s fundraising efforts.
    "Next step is I contact all your donors and the IRS," Grey wrote in an email dated May 19, 2010. "This is going to stink for you if you do not resolve this now."
    Brock said in court papers that he paid Grey "under duress."
    So this is the source for so many links posted around here? LOL

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Sounds like a personal conflict. I don't see how it's relevant to these links you're talking about.

    Rupert Murdoch is a terrible person and he owns the company whose article you just linked. Should I therefore ignore it completely?
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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by Deuce View Post
    Sounds like a personal conflict. I don't see how it's relevant to these links you're talking about.

    Rupert Murdoch is a terrible person and he owns the company whose article you just linked. Should I therefore ignore it completely?
    Right, by the same logic everything Fox News reports -- including the cited article -- is invalid because of the multiple News Corp. scandals. *yawn*

    As a rule what Media Matters does is fact check conservative media. If you disagree with the facts they present, go ahead and rebut them. Ad hominem doesn't count.

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Right, by the same logic everything Fox News reports -- including the cited article -- is invalid because of the multiple News Corp. scandals. *yawn*

    As a rule what Media Matters does is fact check conservative media. If you disagree with the facts they present, go ahead and rebut them. Ad hominem doesn't count.
    That would make them politically partisan and therefore inelligible for the non-profit status they enjoy. One would think the Libbos would want them to pay their fair share in taxes and obey they law.
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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by AdamT View Post
    Right, by the same logic everything Fox News reports -- including the cited article -- is invalid because of the multiple News Corp. scandals. *yawn*
    Media Matters doesn't "report" or anything or have any actual content - it just posts soundbites of conservative hosts with misleading captions, most of which don't even fit the context if you listen to the show or clip in full. It portrays itself as a "watchdog" group but it's not, it's a group that exists just to smear conservative hosts and generate offense when there is none.

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    At least the stink is gone from Rehoboth Beach.

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    That would make them politically partisan and therefore inelligible for the non-profit status they enjoy. One would think the Libbos would want them to pay their fair share in taxes and obey they law.
    Is that right? Can you post up the IRS regs. stating that tax exempt organization cannot have a political leaning?

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by SLAMRAAM View Post
    Media Matters doesn't "report" or anything or have any actual content - it just posts soundbites of conservative hosts with misleading captions, most of which don't even fit the context if you listen to the show or clip in full. It portrays itself as a "watchdog" group but it's not, it's a group that exists just to smear conservative hosts and generate offense when there is none.
    Apparently you've never actually visited the site? But Rush Limbaugh says it's bad, so it MUST be completely without merit.

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by apdst View Post
    That would make them politically partisan and therefore inelligible for the non-profit status they enjoy. One would think the Libbos would want them to pay their fair share in taxes and obey they law.
    Right, the website itself says "fighting against conservative misinformation" - it's openly partisan, I don't see how it is eligible for non-profit status.

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    Re: Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G 'blackmail' settlement

    Quote Originally Posted by SLAMRAAM View Post
    Right, the website itself says "fighting against conservative misinformation" - it's openly partisan, I don't see how it is eligible for non-profit status.
    As the name implies, they are focused on conservative MEDIA -- not conservative or Republican politicians. That's not against the rules.

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