What Fresh Hell Is This?

December 28, 2010

Oh. My. God.

David Horowitz is such a liar.

First, who's David Horowitz?

Take a look at this from today's Trib:
Write a book about leftist billionaire George Soros? Been there, done that for David Horowitz. But he's revisiting the topic in a form whose time he thinks has come again -- a pamphlet.

The onetime radical who became a conservative firebrand and founded the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Students for Academic Freedom wrote "The Shadow Party: How George Soros, Hillary Clinton and Sixties Radicals Seized Control of the Democratic Party" (Thomas Nelson) with Richard Poe. A best-seller in 2006, the book drew renewed attention this fall when Glenn Beck featured it on TV.

Now, Horowitz is at work on the pamphlet "George Soros: Puppet Master of the Obama Regime," soon to be available through FrontPage Magazine's website (frontpagemag.com).
We'll get to it in a minute, but remember these four words:
David Horowitz Freedom Center
And this is what he said in a recent interview with Richard Mellon Scaife's Trib:
First, there is no George Soros of the right. There just is not. What Soros has done is he's put together a radical coalition of billionaires, communists of the ACORN variety -- ACORN is part of this coalition -- and has inserted it into a brain center of the Democratic Party, the Center for American Progress, and he's understood that politics is not what happens every two years, which is what Republicans think; politics is trench warfare that goes on every day, every week, and then, at the end, when the election cycle comes around, all the people who've been recruited by the left through this trench warfare will then vote for the Democratic Party.
No George Soros of the right?

Let's look at who funds the David Horowitz Freedom Center, then. According to Mediamatters:
  • The Allegheny Foundation gave a cool $1 million to the David Horowitz Freedom Center between 2000 and 2009.
  • The Carthage Foundation gave a neat $625,000 to the David Horowitz Freedom Center between 1993 and 2003
  • The Sarah Scaife Foundation gave a hefty $5.55 million to the David Horowitz Freedom Center between 1989 and 2009 (including $25,000 in "start up funds" in '89)
By my count, that's $7.175 million all from foundations controlled by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife.

I normally don't include the Scaife Family Foundation in my blog postings about the Trib circle jerk, as Richard Mellon Scaife reportedly hasn't controlled that foundation since 2001. With that caveat, it should be noted that:
  • The Scaife Family Foundation gave a cute $1.15 million to the David Horowitz Freedom Center between 1993 and 2001 (the year Richard Mellon Scaife gave up control of the foundation - there have been no grants since)
If you include those grants, then we're up to $8.325 million.

And not one of those eight million plus dollars made it into Horowitz' rant about how there is "no Soros of the right."

Horowitz said Soros talked about how Soros formed a coalition of billionaires and communists and inserted it into the Center for American Progress. Change a few details and you have Scaife's funding of the "brain center" of the Republican party, the Heritage Foundation.

Setting aside the rightwing paranoia about George Soros, to declare that there's "No Soros of the right" is simply a lie.

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