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This new $1.5 million is over and above the $1 million that Soros pledged to America Votes, a get-out-the-vote group, and the $1 million he pledged to American Bridge 21st Century, a super PAC headed by the legendarily sleazy gossip columnist and admitted serial liar David Brock.
Meanwhile, Mother Jones, the media outlet that described Soros as “panicked” because Obama has yet to deliver a knockout blow to Romney, offered what looks like a case study in media corruption. The magazine posted a hard-to-believe retraction of the online story that contained the otherwise perfectly believable description of Soros’s state of mind. (Big Journalism has a screen grab of the article that you may read here.)
Integrity is in short supply at Mother Jones, which recently published the Romney “47 percent” video in an effort to help Obama even though possibly critical minutes of the off-the-cuff speech were missing. The magazine was founded by the same Marxists, hippies, and Sixties leftovers who facilitated America’s suicide attempt more than 40 years ago.
The article appeared on the magazine’s website for a while Thursday but was abruptly spiked. A notice indicated, “The story was based on information provided by a source; the source contacted us after the story was published and said the information was incorrect.”
The article quoted an unidentified friend of Soros saying, “I was really dumbfounded when I heard his voice on the other end of the phone. He was the last person I ever expected to hear from, given how antithetical he was to the big money slopping around the system. But he said that he was panicked about the fact that Romney could win this.”
An unidentified Democratic strategist –it’s not clear if it’s the same person as the unidentified friend— was described as saying, “What I find amazing about liberals and progressives is that they always wait till the last minute. It hadn’t dawned on this group of people before that this was a tight race. It stupefies me.”
It seems likely that Soros or someone close to Soros complained to Mother Jones and the story was pulled.
I tried to find out what happened.
The author of the article, Andy Kroll, referred my inquiries to Clara Jeffery, the magazine’s co-editor-in-chief. Jeffery denied being pressured. In an email she said:
Not sure what else I can add without repeating the error. Basically a source in a position to know about Soros’ donation (the fact of which has been previously reported far and wide), told us details that they then realized they’d been in error about. The source admitted the fault was theirs, and not Andy Kroll’s. We took the story down immediately upon hearing from source and issued the correction. To do otherwise would, in our opinion, [have] been journalistically irresponsible. We did not hear from Mr. Soros or his representatives.
With that said, it is a fact that the magazine’s 501c3 nonprofit, Foundation for National Progress, has received funding through Soros’s philanthropies, Open Society Institute ($225,000 since 2008) and Foundation to Promote Open Society ($100,000 since 2010).
Democracy Alliance chairman and Taco Bell heir Rob McKay was a member of the magazine’s board. Through the McKay Foundation he has given the Foundation for National Progress $165,000 since 1999.
Democracy Alliance member and RealNetworks CEO Rob Glaser has given FNP $211,329 since 1999. Another member, Stephen M. Silberstein, has given $117,000 since 2001 through his eponymous foundation. The Soros-funded Tides Foundation, founded by Democracy Alliance member Drummond Pike, has kicked in $126,417 since 2003.
Jeffery suggested the money played no role in the retraction:
The individuals (or their foundations) you mention are among the many people and institutions who have donated money to the FNP over the years; some of those you mention have not donated to the FNP in many years. Nevertheless, when we’ve had occasion to write about them, or the Democracy Alliance, or OSI, we disclose this to our readers.
When I pressed Jeffery, asking her if the source specifically took back the claim that Soros “panicked,” she refused to answer, writing, “Sorry Matt, [I] just don’t have anything to add past what I’ve told you and what we’ve posted.”
Who knows how many more intrigues, cover-ups, and October surprises the Soros-funded magazine has waiting in the wings.
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