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In his lawsuit, Magerman upped the ante and claimed that Mercer held racist views.<br />\n Full disclosure: The Mercers are not just supporters; they are friends. That kind of repugnant slur is undeserving of a response and will get none here.<br />\n Magerman is irrelevant. That lawsuit being described as &ldquo;news&rdquo; is silly. So, why the story? It&rsquo;s all about &ldquo;gozillionaires.&rdquo;<br />\n Left-wingers in the media believe gozillionaires are a malignant force in politics &mdash; unless they are on the &ldquo;right side of history.&rdquo; The Mercers get an amazing amount of media ink &mdash; most of it predictably negative &mdash; because they aren&rsquo;t. They are conservatives. Worse, they are rich conservatives. Their wealth is dangerous. They are dangerous. They must be exposed!<br />\n But check out the Forbes list of top billionaires. At the top of the pile sits Bill Gates, a liberal. Next in line is Warren Buffett, who&rsquo;s also a liberal. He&rsquo;s followed by Jeff Bezos, another liberal. No. 5 is uber-liberal Mark Zuckerberg. No. 10 is Michael Bloomberg, another leftist. George Soros, a radical leftist if ever there was one, registers at No. 30. In fact, there are liberals all over the Forbes World&rsquo;s Billionaires list.<br />\n You won&rsquo;t find the Mercers in the top 1,000.<br />\n Quick: When was the last time &mdash; or when was there ever a time &mdash; you remember a media story that focused on the controversial views of Gates, Buffett, Bezos, Zuckerberg, Bloomberg or Soros?</p>\n<p> IT&rsquo;S QUITE the opposite. A few months ago, the very same Esquire writer mocked the Trump people for objecting to liberal gozillionaires. According to Pierce, conservatives thought anti-Trump protesters in Washington, D.C., were &ldquo;some sort of a plot concocted by George Soros.&rdquo; To object to political activity by wealthy people on the left is to dabble in cockamamie conspiracy theories, this being just another one of them.<br />\n Except it was true. The Media Research Center documented that Soros and his Open Society Foundations had contributed $246 million between 2010 and 2014 to 100 of the 544 groups listed as partners of the Women&rsquo;s March on Washington the day after the inauguration. Did the liberal media care? Were they alarmed? They yawned. Soros is on the &ldquo;right side of history.&rdquo;<br />\n These self-righteous attacks on the Mercers are nothing new. Before Bob and Rebekah Mercer, there were David and Charles Koch. And before them, there was Richard Mellon Scaife, dubbed the &ldquo;godfather of the vast right-wing conspiracy&rdquo; by some liberals. Twenty years ago, Time magazine&rsquo;s list of the 25 most influential people identified Scaife as a &ldquo;conservative agitator&rdquo; who controlled foundations that help subsidize &ldquo;rabidly anti-Clinton magazines.&rdquo; Pages later, Time described Soros as a &ldquo;philanthropist&rdquo; with an &ldquo;iconoclastic critique of free-market capitalism.&rdquo;<br />\n Liberal gozillionaires are hailed as Time&rsquo;s &ldquo;Persons of the Year&rdquo; (Bill and Melinda Gates) or get a Presidential Medal of Freedom from former President Obama (Buffett). It doesn&rsquo;t hurt that liberal journalists can often thank these billionaires for jobs &mdash; or be grateful that their colleagues are employed by them. Buffett, Bloomberg, Zuckerberg and Bezos are all in the left-wing media business now.<br />\n The same trend applies to leftist foundations like the Ford Foundation (with a $12 billion endowment), The Pew Charitable Trusts ($5 billion-plus endowment) and the Rockefeller Foundation ($4 billion-plus endowment). Toss in the Carnegie Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation and so many more. Is there controversy? Anywhere? Conservatives have nothing to match any of them.</p>\n<p> AS WE TYPE these words, it has just been announced that Soros has transferred a cool $18 billion to his radical Open Society Foundations in recent years, making it instantly the second largest foundation in the world after the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.<br />\n But it&rsquo;s still all about the Mercers.</p>\n', created = 1575978549, expire = 1576064949, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:b5f95aab270bdf760c53866a28437dad' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Liberal billionaires are never villains

MEDIA BIAS: October 18, 2017

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