Saturday, April 14, 2007

Real Debate Wisconsin: And so it begins....

Real Debate Wisconsin: And so it begins....

Nice piece from Fred.

As pointed out by Fred, I am especially concerned with "Media Matters" mission statement:

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

Why is it okay for these guys to be listed as a charity, when their sole purpose is to slam conservatives in the media?

Certainly these folks have every right to their freedom of speech like everyone else.

But to not have to pay taxes, just like a charity organization...?

5 comments:

jeff said...

It works for the Heritage Foundation and the Enterprise Institute and any number of conservative organizations. They and their liberal brethen all exist to discuss ideas and distribute information not make a profit. The 501(c)(3) covers groups besides those actively involved in diret person to person charitable works. The National NAACP is also a 501(c)(3). So is National LULAC.

Real Debate said...

Frightening isn't it.

K. Carpenter said...

I think the NAACP, LULAC and the others should be 501C3's. They are not trying to squelch the voices of anyone. In fact, the were created to add a voice, not take them away.

jeff said...

Media Matters for America is a Web-based, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) progressive research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.

My point is that there are conservative 501c3's which are just as dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing and correcting liberal or leftist misinformation in the US media.
If you are going to call for any change, shouldnt it be that any such groups should lose their tax-exempt status not just counter-conservative ones?

Shouldnt everyone have to play by the same rules?

Jay Bullock said...

Brent Bozell's Media Research Council, which is the right-wing equivalent of Media Matters (and publisher of newsbusters.org) is also a 501(c)(3).

What about them?