While on Becks radio program, Palin explained her stance:
From my kitchen table in Wasilla here's the deal. You are up against one of the richest and most powerful men in the world the extreme left wing king, with many, many minions! So when I speak of your love of our Founding Fathers, and how you're helping to educate Americans about respecting our nations history so we don't lose what makes America exceptional. And the far left wing mouth pieces their twisting and spinning and perverting that message. I go back to what Abraham Lincoln said about standing ... with anybody that stands right. I stand with you, Glenn.
She went on to openly chastise Media Matters for its pathetic and desperate attempts to silence Beck.
By Thursday afternoon, Media Matters responded to Palins remarks, contending that her unwillingness to repudiate Beck indicates her proclivity for violence and domestic terrorism. The founder and CEO of Media Matters, David Brock, issued the following statement:
On Tuesday, I asked Sarah Palin to use her influential voice to stop attempted incidents of domestic terrorism incited by right-wing extremists like Glenn Beck. By telling Beck, "I stand with you," Palin Fox News star contributor now associates herself with acts of violence and the insane conspiracy theories and hate speech behind them.
Rather than seize the opportunity to act in the national interest and do her part to prevent a major tragedy like the Oklahoma City bombing, Palin called into Becks show to call me "pathetic." While Palin and I dont agree on much, I honestly believed we shared the view that the incitement to violence by a powerful media outlet was a national crisis that transcends the partisan divide. Sadly, I was wrong.
Media Matters has long ago indicated its opposition to Glenn Beck by staging a boycott against Becks programming and the Fox News Channel.
Likewise, the New York Times writes, Media Matters, the liberal activist group that wages a rhetorical war against Fox News Channel and others in the conservative press, will announce the receipt of $1 million donation from the philanthropist George Soros.
The New York Times continues, The organization says it plans to use the money to intensify its efforts to hold the Fox host Glenn Beck and others on the cable news channel accountable for their reporting.
Soros issued a similar statement, accusing Fox News hosts like Beck of incendiary rhetoric. Soros went on to say that he hoped his money would be used in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.
Media Matters has also garnered support in its boycott from the leftist organization, People for the American Way. Michael Keegan, president of People for the American Way, joined Media Matters in its denunciation of Sarah Palin, comparing her connections to Beck to President Obama's friendship with leftist radical Bill Ayers:
For someone who was so quick to smear Obama for "palling around with terrorists," Sarah Palin doesn't seem to take threats of violence too seriously when they're generated by her own pals and allies. Even the last few days have been disturbing thuggery in states around the country. This shouldn't be a partisan issue. Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and even tea party members should be able to agree that inciting listeners isn't acceptable. Its profoundly disappointing that someone laying the groundwork to run for president doesn't agree with that.
Ironically, neither Media Matters nor the People for the American Way have publicly repudiated Obama for his radical ties.
Between referring to Media Matters as the left-wing George Soros-funded media machine that is now referring to me as a jihadist and exposing the radical leftist agenda unfolding in this country, Beck has become a prime target for Media Matters and other radically progressive organizations like the Huffington Post and Van Jones Green For All.
To boot, Beck alleged on both his radio and television shows that it was more than a coincidence that NPR host Juan Williams was fired in the same week that George Soros Open Society made a generous donation to National Public Radio, incurring further wrath from the leftist billionaire.
Noting the powerful influence Soros maintains, Beck continuously warns his audience, Your media is being taken over by the ultimate special interest groups The Tides Foundation and George Soros.
Media Matters efforts to acquire Sarah Palins assistance in bringing down Beck further supports Becks claims, and proves above all that the Left clearly perceives Beck to be a major threat to its agenda.
Photo of George Soros: AP Images