The Washington Free Beacon obtained a 49-page memo from leftist operative David Brock during a January donor retreat that outlines how the George Soros-funded groups Media Matters, American Bridge, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) and Shareblue plan to undermine President Trump's agenda and help the Democrats win control of Congress and the White House by 2020. The Trump White House, congressional Republicans and conservative media types better familiarize themselves with it, because Brock's machine will go after them.
Here are 11 of the most incredible things discovered from Brock's playbook.
1. Media Matters worked with Facebook and Google to crack down on "fake news." The memo decried the "fake news" that spread on social media as a reason why Hillary Clinton lost the election, and then went on to state something alarming: Media Matters obtained "access to raw data from Facebook, Twitter, and other social media sites" so they can "systemically monitor and analyze this unfiltered data."
"The earlier we can identify a fake news story, the more effectively we can quash it," the memo states. "With this new technology at our fingertips, researchers monitoring news in real time will be able to identify the origins of a lie with mathematical precision, creating an early warning system for fake news and disinformation."
The memo went on to state that Media Matters had a discussion with Facebook on how to crack down on fake news, including Media Matters providing the social media giant with "a detailed map of the constellation of right-wing Facebook pages that had been the biggest purveyors of fake news." The memo also bragged that Media Matters provided Google with "the information necessary to identify 40 of the worst fake new sites" that would be prevented from using Google's advertising network.
"Internet and social media platforms, like Google and Facebook, will no longer uncritically and without consequence host and enrich fake new sites and propagandists," the memo chillingly reads.
2. The memo declared that Media Matters will expose "serial misinformers and right-wing propagandists." The memo stated that people will "weaponize" Media Matters' research against the Right.
"Key right-wing targets will see their influence diminish because of our work," the memo reads.
3. The memo gloated that Media Matters was behind Breitbart being denied a Senate press credential. The memo pledged that Media Matters would fight back against "even the slightest bit of normalization of Trump" by the media. As an example, they highlighted their fight against Breitbart:
When Breitbart applied for Permanent Senate Gallery Press Credentials, Media Matters was quick to act by advising the credentialing committee of the myriad ways that Breitbart violated their requirements. Additionally, Media Matters did something that the committee was unable to do: A deep dive study of Breitbart content, reviewing thousands of their stories to demonstrate that they do not meet the credentialing requirement for original reporting.
Ultimately, Breitbart's credential application was denied because they were reportedly unable to prove they were completely independent from White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
The memo also stated that Media Matters was alarmed by Breitbart's "international expansion" and they worked with journalists "to educate them on Breitbart's model."
The issue here is that Media Matters seems intent on restricting Breitbart's media access because they don't like Breitbart's point of view.
4. The memo also bragged that Media Matters was able to prevent Rupert Murdoch from expanding his media empire. In 2014, Murdoch's 21st Century Fox attempted to purchase Time Warner, which prompted Media Matters to launch a campaign pressuring Time Warner not to accept Murdoch's bid because it "would have given Murdoch control of 40% of the US cable market and 30% of the movie market." Murdoch eventually rescinded his offer and the media praised Media Matters for their influence on the matter.
Clearly, Media Matters is committed to protecting the Left's monopoly on the media.
5. American Bridge has a whole war room dedicated to fighting Trump. The memo explains that the war room features 20,000 hours of footage they plan to use against the Trump administration and highlighting Trump's purported conflicts of interest.
Ultimately, American Bridge's goal is to "defeat Trump either through impeachment or at the ballot box in 2020."
6. The memo gloated that American Bridge partnered with former Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) to smear the Koch brothers. "Working with Senator Harry Reid and partners airing TV ads, we created a war room that leveled sustained attacks on the Koch brothers, making their negative ratings spike and turning their advocacy into a liability for candidates they supported," the memo stated.
In other words, American Bridge worked with a high-ranking Democratic politician in order to smear private citizens who donated to political causes they didn't like.
7. CREW aims to prevent the Trump administration from getting their agenda implemented by bogging them down with unfavorable media coverage and massive amounts of litigation. Here is an excerpt from the memo:
Trump will be affected by a steady flow of damaging information, new revelations, and an inability to avoid conflicts issues. For as long as Trump maintains the ethically untenable position of keeping his business empire in the family while serving as president, CREW will relentlessly probe his global conflicts of interest and administration ethics problems through aggressive use of research, open records requests, legal action, and FOIA litigation.
The Trump administration will be forced to defend illegal conduct in court. CREW will bring about legal accountability for executive branch ethical and legal violations through complaints and litigation. We will bring significant pressure on investigative agencies and Congress to investigate violations of law and the constitution, which appear likely to being on day one of the Trump administration, and we will litigate wrongdoing aggressively, forcing the administration to defend civil lawsuits, FOIA litigation, and whistleblower suits.
8. CREW will also seek to take down "powerful industries and interest groups" and "dark money." More from the memo:
Powerful industries will see their influence wane. CREW will expose and curb the improper influence of powerful industries and interest groups on the administration and both parties of Congress with successful legal complaints and litigation to rein in dark money, reckless campaign finance abuses, and the misuse of nonprofits by Trump and others.
Dark money will be a political liability in key states. CREW will make the use of dark money, campaign finance violations, and ethics abuses at the state level a major issue in key states that will be the focus of massive spending and attention in the lead up to 2018 and 2020 elections.
Dark money is what's known as money given to political nonprofits that aren't required to disclose their donors, which protects donors from intimidation and smear campaigns from the Left.
Jeff Reynolds noted at Media Equalizer that "it is ironic that they point to dark money as a target, as all four of these organizations are the epicenter of those very campaigns that are fueling the war against conservatives and others in America."
9. The memo championed pro-Hillary Clinton hashtags ignited by Shareblue, which plans to be the anti-Trump attack dog on social media. The examples cited in the memo were:
The memo declared these hashtags as "narrative shifting," which is ironic given that Clinton lost the election.
10. The memo also took pride in Shareblue's nauseating pro-Hillary headlines. The memo cited a post titled "Hillary Clinton is one of the most ethical (and most lied about) political leaders in America" — which was apparently their most shared post in 2016 — and highlighted articles that had the following headlines:
- "I was one of the most ardent Hillary haters on the planet...until I read her emails."
- "I published this photo of Hillary Clinton and the response was overwhelming."
These are the kind of headlines you would expect to see in The Onion or Everyday Feminism.
11. Shareblue hopes their research will be used as a political weapon against Trump. The memo lists the group's goals as pressuring Trump allies "to step down or change course" as well as pressuring Democrats to "take more aggressive stances against Trump."
The full memo can be read here.