You want to talk a little foreign money in politics? George Soros has admitted to donating $1 million to Media Matters for America. – Rush Limbaugh
How wrong can Limbaugh get it? Well, first of all, Soros announced that he was donating money to Media Matters, which he didn’t have to do. Unlike all those secret billionaire donors to The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Americans for Prosperity, and American Crossroads (founded by Karl Rove) who have pumped hundreds of millions of dollars into Republican campaigns.
But the big lie here? George Soros is an American citizen. He can vote and everything.
Not to be outdone, Glenn Beck has repeatedly claimed (on 14 separate occasions this year alone) that George Soros was funding Media Matters (a frequent critic of Fox News), but the reality is that this is the first time that Soros has given any money at all to Media Matters. In announcing his donation, Soros said the following:
Despite repeated assertions to the contrary by various Fox News commentators, I have not to date been a funder of Media Matters. However, in view of recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence, I have now decided to support the organization. Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.
Last summer, convicted felon Byron Williams armed himself and set out to kill staffers at an organization funded by Soros, While in jail, Williams claimed he was incited by Glenn Beck.
In addition, Fox News commentators often claim that Soros funds MoveOn.org, but Soros last gave money to them in 2004.