TruthRevolt Draws Fire

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.


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This week the David Horowitz Freedom Center launched TruthRevolt (TR), the right’s counter-offensive to the George Soros-funded media attack dog Media Matters. TR is designed to hold the mainstream media accountable for its leftist bias, so naturally those leftist media outlets, already feeling the heat, are attempting to dismiss and delegitimize it and its founders, David Horowitz and Ben Shapiro.

“This will get personal,” says Shapiro, embracing a tactic that formerly has been the province of the demonizing left, who subscribe to the Alinsky aim of personalizing a target and destroying him or her. “This will get rough. We’re ready for action.” TruthRevolt did in fact take action right out of the gate, its initial target being the patriarch of race-baiting demagoguery himself, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Shapiro initiated a petition calling on advertisers, specifically Mondelez International, the owner of Ritz Crackers, to stop supporting Sharpton’s show PoliticsNation. The petition has acquired nearly 5,900 signatures since the launch two days ago, the first thousand of them in under fifteen hours.

How did the news media respond to TR’s arrival on the scene? The major news outlets like ABC and CBS, perhaps either underestimating the popular support for such a right-wing media offensive, or hoping it will go away, simply chose not to bring attention to the launch. Not even MSNBC itself deigned to acknowledge TruthRevolt, at least on its website. Conservative sites like TheBlaze and Breitbart.com, of course, reported it, and a mixture of anticipation and zeal was in strong evidence among the commenters on those sites, who have long been awaiting a weapon like TR to bring the leftist media to their knees. “It’s about time,” was the general attitude.

What other mainstream media reports there were of the launch ranged from the careful neutrality of The Hollywood Reporter (THR) to the subtle editorializing of  The Daily Beast to the dismissal of Time to the predictable smears from the Huffington Post and Media Matters itself.

To its credit, The Hollywood Reporter kept things professionally objective in its full-length coverage. Time.com, on the other hand, did a very brief write-up that completely ignored the launch and TruthRevolt’s mission, characterizing TR merely as a series of boycotts. Their headline (“Al Sharpton’s Infamous ‘Cracker’ Speech Spurs Conservative Boycott of Ritz 20 Years Later”) and article imply that the boycott against Sharpton’s advertisers is twenty years too late and that the advertisers themselves are largely indifferent to the threat.

The Huffington Post whistled the same tune in its coverage of the TruthRevolt launch, dismissing the Sharpton boycott as “drudging [sic] up comments from 20 years ago.” The Daily Beast also slipped in a reference to “dredging up 25-year-old incidents to spur a boycott,” as if Sharpton hasn’t filled those intervening years with a career full of racist mendacity, most recently capitalizing on and exploiting Trayvon Martin’s death. (At least the Daily Beast spelled “dredging” correctly.)

A Daily Caller editorial by Patrick Howley oddly slammed Shapiro for using the left’s own tactics against it, and suggested that somehow Shapiro and TruthRevolt are anti-free speech. Apparently Howley has forgotten that the left has been pushing with all its might to shut down conservative talk radio for many years. He also cited a 1984 electoral map as evidence that the right is not a victimized class, as if conservatives don’t have a right to take action against blatant media bias. Sorry Mr. Howley, but boycotts are not censorship, and if you think that the right should continue to fight the Alinsky-trained left according to Marquess of Queensbury rules, then you don’t comprehend the fight we’re in or the enemy we’re up against. Managing editor Jeremy Boreing rebutted Howley on the TR site, pointing out that the old electoral map

was before the twenty-four hour news cycle, before the cell phone and the internet, and before the rise of political correctness and multiculturalism actively defined those who ‘subscribe to the political ideology of Ronald Reagan’ as racist, greedy, warmongering, homophobic, bigots fighting a war on the poor and on women in the American pop-culture.

In “Meet The Right-Wing Leaders Of ‘TruthRevolt,’” Media Matters noted the movement’s debut and then commented that “the history of two main TruthRevolt figures, Ben Shapiro and David Horowitz, suggests the site won’t prioritize accuracy or refrain from smears” – which is rather comical projection on their part, considering that the mission of Media Matters itself is to distort and smear. The article then proceeds to try to paint Horowitz and Shapiro as racist right-wing nut jobs with a list of selective quotations, without addressing the substance or context of those statements – the left’s usual tactic of demonizing rather than debating. Horowitz, for example, is quoted as saying “Blacks are the human shields of the Democratic party,” and as claiming that conservative activists Suhail Khan and Grover Norquist represented a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration at the 2011 CPAC – neither statement of which is refuted by Media Matters but is simply presented as supposed evidence of Horowitz’s paranoia.

According to Shapiro, the traffic on the TR website’s first day was massive: over 100,000 visits, over 90,000 unique visitors, and a quarter of a million page views. As for a social media presence, TR has already amassed over 2,600 Twitter followers and 3,800 Facebook “likes” as of this writing.

Whether the left likes it or not or pretends to ignore it, TruthRevolt has kicked off with a bang, not a whimper, and is poised to give progressives a taste of their own medicine and help “right” our country’s long-standing media imbalance.

Mark Tapson, a Hollywood-based writer and screenwriter, is a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He focuses on the politics of popular culture.

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  • herb benty

    The left’s arrogance at being offended by a RIGHT-WINGER holding up a mirror for them to see themselves is kind of weird as only a communist can seem in a free society.

    • ylem

      I don’t think vampires are reflected in mirrors.

      • herb benty

        Chuckle! The REALLY weird thing is you may be right, I remember Obama removing a cross on the wall behind him before he spoke!

  • jakespoon

    Cockroaches hate the light,no surprise the left doesn’t like TR.

    • nomoretraitors

      That’s insulting to cockroaches

  • Jack of No Trades

    I had the unfortunate experience of having to watch “The Ed Show” yesterday PM at my gym. This is one of the worst things I have ever seen featuring a long segment with Bernie Sanders and another left wing pol from Virginia. I wouldn’t mind having them state their opinions because I believe that is a valuable source to both understand the opposition and to refine our ideas if need be – after all, democracy is about different people having their say. But this was nothing but name calling and super simplification of issues – not only simplification but out-and-out gross manipulation and propagandizing. Now, having said that some of the commenters/talking heads on the right can be only marginally better in many respects. Just because someone appears to be part of the conservative club shouldn’t make them immune from having to conduct themselves in a rational and at least somewhat civil manner. This is why I find it hard to even watch Hannity, O’Reilly, or Beck. Hannity does nothing more than interrupt and doesn’t seemed to be prepared to really listen to anyone who might have another idea. Ditto for the others in many situations. Folks, this isn’t debate or discussion, which it should be, but just a playground dispute. Bret Baier and his team do a much better job of speaking directly to the issues and listening and even having a real mix of opinions.

    • nomoretraitors

      Mr. Ed The Talking Horse’s A** Schultz

      • Elizabeth capecod

        Mr Ed the talking horse and Lawrence O’Donkey….what a pair of jackasses.

    • 11bravo

      You will lose to the streetcorner anarchist rabble-rousers every time, just like we are losing now.
      Watch Bill Chrystal vs Van Jones on this week sometime, or Krugman. Bill is rational calm and composed – to the point. The others on the left lie through their teeth, and compare the conservatives statements as lies.
      The moderator does nothing! They stepped up the shrillness during Bush’s years and have only gotten worse.
      Being rational and speaking calmly has gotten us where we are as a country. Rethink what you think works.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Basically we have to take a rational approach to showing we they *should* be demonized.

  • Sgt Maj

    Please – - please! – - stop calling the conservatives, the right, the sane, the normal – - “right wingers!”
    Call the demented “radical left wingers” but stop referring to ourselves as “right wingers” which is offensive and misinterpreted. It’s not even appropriate to do say that about conservatives in Israel.
    As far as the Truth Revolt mission is concerned: Go get ‘em!
    Make the left squirm.
    Get a bullhorn and follow Al Shortporn wherever he appears. Ask him why the media calls him “reverend” when he’s a fraud without a religious title.
    Jesse, too!
    And make Chris Tingle Matthews next on the list!

    • Nancy Murdoch

      Sgt Maj: you are spot on…we are the balanced center.
      Isn’t it amusing when the left calls us fascists? Anyone with two brain cells knows how incorrect that. The current regime are the fascists; they allow us to own our businesses while subjecting us to ultimate government control.
      The left can’t even get the simple stuff right.

      • nomoretraitors

        “Anyone with two brain cells knows how incorrect that”
        You’ve just ruled out about 90% of the far left

        • morris adams

          haha!! you got him good!!

      • objectivefactsmatter

        Basically the right is the establishment and the original elites of Western nations. Whether they accomplished that status righteously is another matter entirely. The left is the chamber where the lower classes ask for or demand favors. Obviously those demands can range from, “How about some bread to get us through this emergency” to “We want to kill you and take everything you have.”

        What demands can the establishment put on the others? Well, in theory they could demand martial law or something like that. That would be the right wing, or to cut all previous entitlements to zero. That’s radical because we already have dependents and weaning them would be more just. Since all we want is law and order and to slow down the freaking radicals, and to systematically use the law to purge corrupt people and policies, we are absolutely beyond question the centrists. We’re anti-radical. We’re sane because we recognize the value of what our American founders and enough of our ancestors actually built rather than being proud of a bunch of whiny thieving malcontents and their deranged Utopian ideas.

      • MLCBLOG

        I agree, and further I think we actually won the election, that O is only in there because of Alinsky and other propagandist and cheaters’ tactics.

        • Seek

          Alinsky died in 1972. Obama must have had some serious help from elsewhere.

          • morris adams

            jesus died 2000 yrs ago. you ain’t gotta be alive to teach. of course you are right, he definitely got help! he’s to stoopit to do ANYTHING on his own,,,,, i could be Rong, he’s probably an A-hole on his own…. jus sayin..

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Seance, Channeling, Dream interpretations.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Geek,

            Alinsky’s tactics didn’t die with him. Do you have a learning disability?

      • PAthena

        “Fascism” is national socialism. Benito Mussolini invented the term – referring to the fasces, symbols of authority in ancient Rome. He had been a socialist, editor of the socialist newspaper Avanti, which had been opposed to Italy’s being on the anti-German side during World War I, because – according to socialist (Marxist) dogma – war was just between capitalists. In 1917, I think, Mussolini changed his mind and fought in the war. He founded the Fascist party as a nationalist socialist party. (The German version, eventually headed by Adolf Hitler, was the Nationalist Socialist party – Nazional Socialismus.)

    • Seek

      Unfortunately, Rev. Sharpton has been an ordained minister since age 9. Like it or not, not all Christians are good for us.

      • SCREW SOCIALISM

        Tawana Brawley.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Ordained how?

      • Combat Veteran Seabee

        Exactly into what church was he ordained? I know of black ministers who have tried to find out, and just like searching for anything about oblowhole, they come up empty!!!

    • morris adams

      you better go ahead and own it. if you say you’re gay, no one can call you gay. i’m proud to be a white-ringer. don’t be afraid, let the world know that you’re the psycho they don’t want none of!! and you misspelled al’s last name, it’s spelled c-o-k-s-u-k-e-r, you’re welcome!

    • Arf

      Actually, using the term “reverend” for Sharpton may have a positive effect. The black church used to have a sterling reputation for morality. That is gone — especially in the black community. Ministers and pastors are more likely to be seen as con men and hypocrites on the take who use their congregants to keep them in a lavish lifestyle while the people remain poor and unempowered. So calling Sharpton “reverend” only helps to cheapen the title. This is a good thing.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Exactly. There is no such thing as a “right-winger.” Pat Buchanan, maybe, but the guy is lonely. Lefties think anybody to the right of Obama is a “right-winger.” “Conservative” just means “traditional,” and anybody who isn’t proud of American tradition and the Constitution should be ashamed of themselves. They aren’t, though. Lefties really do hate people who disagree with them.

  • PatriotInk

    There is no “mainstream media.” There is no “press.” They have fundamentally transformed into “Socialist Media Propagandists.” Making it increasingly difficult to live as sovereign citizens,, they execute in freedom what would be demanded from them under tyranny.

    • http://americandictators.blogspot.com/ WarriorClass III

      Got militia? If you have a local militia, join it. If not, form one.

      If you are a Texan, join us at the Alamo with your battle rifle and ammo on October 19th at 10:00 am.

      http://americandictators.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-call-to-action-historic-open-carry.html

      Resist.

      • ziggy zoggy

        Sounds like a phony FBI or DHS invitation to me. Show up and get fucked by Obama goons.

        No thanks, comrade.

  • Elizabeth capecod

    I hope TruthRevolt was given the same tax exempt status, based on being non partisan, that has been given to media matters, because MM is about as non partisan as Rush Limbaugh. And I don’t see Rush getting exempt status either.

    • nomoretraitors

      I hope the IRS investigaged Media Matters as vigorously as they investigaged tea party groups

      • glpage

        Although I agree with you, I have to say “get real.” Isn’t going to happen.

        • nomoretraitors

          Probably not

  • rb

    A cracker company supporting Sharpton? Oh, the irony.

  • quousque

    Know thy enemy, Mondelez International is a spin off from Kraft Foods. This is NOT some third rated outfit but conglomerate employing in excess of 100,000 people.

  • Unc Remus

    “Lets Roll”!

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    For many”liberals today”, the truth is elastic. We are too bottled up, to the detriment of mental and even physical health. I wrote about the bad odor in which the search for truth exists today here: http://clarespark.com/2013/09/15/authenticity-and-the-bottled-up/. “Authenticity” and the bottled-up.” Frontpage Magazine is to be commended for its relentless refusal to be silenced on the subject of racism, which appears under many guises, including the notion of “authenticity.”

  • LoJoFo

    “The Huffington Post whistled the same tune in its coverage of the TruthRevolt launch, dismissing the Sharpton boycott as ‘drudging [sic] up comments from 20 years ago.’ The Daily Beast also slipped in a reference to ‘dredging up 25-year-old incidents to spur a boycott….’”

    Right. Like they did with Paula Deen.

    • morris adams

      that was 30 yrs ago, entirely different!!

  • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

    The only thing bullies understand is a punch in the nose. There is a caveat, however, in standing up to a bully. I’d tell the GOP what I once told my son who was being picked on. “Just remember that if you’re going to throw a punch, you better be willing to take one.” Sadly, too many DC establishment types are more concerned with scuffing up their suits and getting their hair mussed.

    • morris adams

      with a decent scope, a 600 yd punch is not hard to throw. that’s the only way out of this. or hey, you could vote em out!! BWAAAHHAAAHAAA

      • http://www.shugartmedia.com/ Chris Shugart

        Sort of the John Hinckley/Squeeky Fromme approach to political action? You may have watched “Taxi Driver” one too many times.

  • randall

    I am trying to register at Truth Revolt but I am stuck in an infinite loop of password resets that do not work.

    • unionville

      I went over in response to your post and it took me all of 1 minute to get registered and sign my first petition.

  • zubaztsmith

    Outside of the far right bubble, “Truth Revolt” is drawing the same response as all of David Horowitz’s agitprop projects: a collective yawn.

    • BurkesWorks

      He may be far right in content, but in form, Horowitz is an unreconstructed Trotskyite from way back. He’s always got to be revolting against something.

      • truebearing

        Speaking of revolting….your comment fits the description. Yet another word salad of lies from a mindless ideologue.

        • vinceferrer

          Ah….a Stalinist defends a Trotskyite. Don’t see that every day.

          • Andy_Lewis

            Hey Burke and Vince, why don’t u just let yer inner Nazis run wild and call him a “joooo communist”? U no u wanna.

          • harveycohen

            Sorry, Andy. Godwin’s Law violation. You lose. Thanks for playing.

          • Andy_Lewis

            Godwin wuzn’t nuthin’ but chit and neither is any 1 who quotes his stupid “law.”

          • ziggy zoggy

            Sock. Puppet. Troll.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Nobody knows who Geekwin is and nobody cares about his attempt at fame. Of all the phony “laws” out there, his is far and away the dumbest and most contrived. He sucks and so do you.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Andy, Your hitler was a SOCIALIST.

            A national SOCIALIST.

          • hiernonymous

            Hitler was a socialist the same way Ulbricht and Honecker were democrats and republicans.

          • ziggy zoggy

            Hitler was a socialist the same way every other socialist has been a socialist. You lefties never get tired of trying to claim he was a right-winger, do you?

            Morons.

          • hiernonymous

            The National Socialists were socialists to about the same extent that the German Democratic Republic was a Democratic Republic.

            The socialist wing of the Nazi Party was crushed in the mid-’30s. I think you’ll find that characterizing the Nazis as right-wing is hardly limited to “lefties,” though judging by your comments, you’re not quite clear on what a “lefty” actually is, either.

          • morris adams

            which one wrote Lolita?? i like that book! (movie)

    • PAthena

      On the political terms “left” and “right:” these terms arose from the French Revolution, the Jacobins and their allies sitting on the left in the National Assembly and those opposed to them on the right. (The seating arrangement was semicircular.) Those on the far right, the “Mountain,” I believe it was called, were the monarchists and supporters of the established Catholic church. Those now called “right-wingers,” are neither monarchists nor supporters of the Catholic church as the state church. They are opposed to the heirs of the Jacobins, the “left,” socialists and communists.
      Another terms should be invented for those who oppose them. “Conservative” will not do, since those called “conservative” now support democracy, the rule of law, in the U.S., the Constitution. (The Tories in Great Britain are called “conservatives,” for different reasons.) See Edmund Burke, Reflections on the French Revolution.

    • ziggy zoggy

      Then why bother to troll this site?

      • zubaztsmith

        Because I’m trying to repeat Dr. Pavlov’s famous experiments….

  • Donald J DaCosta

    Would that the Truth Revolt be a seed that blossoms into a giant, spreading oak with deeply entrenched roots. Or better yet, enveloping the tentacles of the leftist, progressive media like Kudzu. It would be extremely gratifying to see these politically correct, multiculturalist, intellectually infested, anti-American enterprises choke on their own elitist, diatribes.

  • floridavet

    God Speed Truth Revolt!

  • bhami

    Speaking of being ignored, a search of Accuracy in Media (aim.org) for TruthRevolt gives “no results”.

    • morris adams

      well there you have it, LIES ALL LIES!!

  • Zombee

    Both Daily Kos and Media Splatters are socialist obama propagandists. Its about time for a conservative counter force to challege these merchants of misinformation, slander, villainization, distortion and smears.

    • morris adams

      HMMM bout time to bring up that fairness doctrine thingy again huh?

    • defcon 4

      I have a morally retarded “Christian” friend who likes Daily Kos. The problem is, he doesn’t like hearing anything about the reality of islam0fascism in the 21st century.

  • justquitnow

    “If you feel guilty, you invent a plot, many plots. And to counter them, you have to organize your own plot. But the more you invent enemy plots, to exonerate your lack of understanding, the more you fall in love with them, and you pattern your own on their model.” –Umberto Eco, “Foucault’s Pendulum”.

  • frodo

    Might “drudging” simply be a pun on Drudge? Or was your pointing out a spelling error just an attempt at humor?

  • CastawayConservative

    The left always reveals its own tactics in what it accuses others of.

  • defcon 4

    “Al Sharpton’s Infamous ‘Cracker’ Speech Spurs Conservative Boycott of Ritz 20 Years Later”. I wonder how Time covered Paula Deen’s decades old racist rant?

  • Distantsmoke

    The primary question that should be asked and answered, is the d@mn boycott working?

  • Combat Veteran Seabee

    It’s about damn time the left got their collective “dicks knocked into the dirt”, with the truth!!!!!!!!
    Bring the fight to their very faces!!!!!!!