Anti-masturbation crusader Ben Shapiro is Breitbart.com’s editor-at-large. He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org, which collects donations as “a program of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.” Reading the website’s mission statement, TruthRevolt sounds rather paranoid and even a little sinister.
The media win elections for the left. It’s not the left’s competence in office; leftists have demonstrated none. It’s not the left’s ideas; leftist ideas have failed everywhere they have been tried. The left wins for one simple reason: leftists control the information distribution system in the United States. And they use that system to pillory conservatives as heartless bigots intent on harming the poor and targeting minorities.
The media must be destroyed where they stand. That is our mission at Truth Revolt. The goal of TruthRevolt is simple: unmask leftists in the media for who they are, destroy their credibility with the American public, and devastate their funding bases.
In practice, TruthRevolt simply shouts “leftist!” at the media while presenting an extremely skewed vision of reality. But the last bit about devastating the funding bases of “the left” is worrisome, because it is a strategy with no small success on the right. Consider what Andrew Breitbart and James O’Keefe did to ACORN, for example. Or Planned Parenthood, which is the perennial subject of similar efforts. Both of these organizations not only worked against the priorities of the right, they are (or were) tireless advocates for their issues. Brett Kimberlin’s advocacy is what drew the negative attention of Team Breitbart. But let us read on…
TruthRevolt focuses on high-profile media members, and holding them accountable. But TruthRevolt does not stop there. TruthRevolt understands that all politics is local, and therefore looks to fight leftist propaganda at the local level, monitoring local newspapers, television and radio. TruthRevolt also seeks to stop the left dead in its tracks when it comes to training the next generation, our college campuses.
TruthRevolt works to make advertisers and funders aware of the leftist propaganda they sponsor – and bringing social consequences to bear to create pressure on such advertisers and funders.
This will get personal. This will get rough. We’re ready for action.
Personal, eh? Rough? Actionable? This sounds familiar to us. This sounds like Team Akbar calling Brett Kimberlin a pedophile, while trying to suborn perjury from his estranged wife, for the express purpose of defunding his nonprofits by way of defamation. It sounds like James O’Keefe paying Juan Carlos Vera a six-figure settlement. But let us be charitable and assume that TruthRevolt simply means they will caricature their enemies, a perfectly acceptable use of political speech (for example, “leftists” are free to pillory Republicans for being heartless bigots). So okay, TruthRevolt will do more than emphasize Hillary’s wrinkles and mutter about Benghazi in its headlines. They might call her “traitor” and “whore” besides, because why not? With the awful Jeff Dunetz writing for their site, surely TruthRevolt will succeed at revolting us.
So who actually runs this TruthRevolt “organization”? TruthRevolt is a member of the Donatelli Group, a Republican campaign consultant firm with intriguing origins in the merger of two prominent Republican internet firms. One of those firms was New Media Communications, Inc., headed by Mike Connell, whose clients included the Chamber of Commerce, President Bush, and other prominent Republican office seekers. Connell was not just building their websites, however.
One of his ventures not only hosted alternative email accounts tied to the Bush Justice Department scandal, it also hosted vote tabulations for the disastrous 2004 elections in Ohio. When those irregularities led to accusations of vote rigging, Mr. Kimberlin’s nonprofit got involved in the resulting media firestorm.
Velvet Revolution, a non-profit investigating Connell’s activities, revealed this weekend that Connell had recently said he was afraid George Bush and Dick Cheney would “throw [him] under the bus.” Cliff Arnebeck had also previously alerted Attorney General Michael Mukasey to alleged threats from Karl Rove to Connell if he refused to “take the fall.”
Mr. Connell died in a plane crash in 2008. Conspiracy theories aside, his death snuffed out a controversy that had gained momentum and credibility, and which had potential to perhaps end powerful political careers with prison sentences. But this is not about what might have been, or what crimes may have escaped justice. This is about TruthRevolt, which has an eliminationist mission statement and claims a direct relationship to Connell’s company.
A wholly-owned subsidiary of one of the most consequential organizations in Republican politics wants to destroy and defund “the left” with the “rough, personal tactics” of Breitbart and O’Keefe. It exists to attack the media for bias whenever it allows anything remotely “left” into the national conversation. Remember when Karl Rove’s Bush administration was busy creating their own realities? TruthRevolt rejects your objective reality and substitutes their own. Ben Shapiro considers this “fighting back,” which justifies any revolting extreme to which he might resort. The best part? He expects donors to pay for it all, and he is probably right.