The Silence of the Eloi; The Feasting of the Morlocks

In case no one’s noticed (and no one has), The Daily Caller, financed by Foster Friess, has successfully pushed its “destroy MediaMatters” scandal into the Murdochosphere, as a choreographed and concerted campaign to take out yet another “liberal threat” is taking place without any defense from the left.

Eloi and Morlock

How long before nobody’s left, in that Niemöllerian sense?

Media Matters boss paid former partner $850G ‘blackmail’ settlement

This story, by Jana Winter / Fox News, appeared on memeorandum.

The silence is palpable.

And the clock is ticking.

And nobody has connected the dots between Foster Friess and his stooge, Tucker Carlson trying to take out ANOTHER liberal voice?

You’d think if Friess were true to his statement about the $3 million he ponied up for The Daily Caller, he’d say “stop” and you KNOW Tucker would listen:

As for his new partners, Friess says by e-mail: “Tucker and Neil present a huge opportunity to re-introduce civility to our political discourse. They are mature, sensible men who are very thoughtful and experienced with pleasant senses of humor and do not take themselves too seriously. They want to make a contribution to the dialogue that occurs in our country that has become too antagonistic, nasty and hostile. . . .

— Howard Kurtz, The Washington Post, January 11, 2010 [emphasis added]

You’d think.


UPDATE: I am informed that Politico has connected the dots. And they have. Sort of. From February 9:

What the profiles rarely mention is that Friess, a mutual fund executive, also provides financial backing to the Daily Caller, Tucker Carlson’s conservative news website. As I reported a few weeks ago, Friess gave Carlson $3 million in seed funding two years ago and told Vogel last month that he is “absolutely thrilled” with the DC’s work and recently decided to invest a further $500,000.

Carlson has often said that Friess has no influence on the DC’s editorial coverage, and reiterated that in emails with me this morning.

“Foster has never tried to influence our coverage of anything ever,” he wrote.

And Foster’s obviously good with TDC’s unrelenting “media hit man” strategy, pious declarations of non-interference and “restoring civility” notwithstanding.

What tangible “seal of approval” for TDC’s vicious tactics could be more convincing than Foster ponying up another half-million?

Dots still not connected.


A writer, published author, novelist, literary critic and political observer for a quarter of a quarter-century more than a quarter-century, Hart Williams has lived in the American West for his entire life. Having grown up in Wyoming, Kansas and New Mexico, a survivor of Texas and a veteran of Hollywood, Mr. Williams currently lives in Oregon, along with an astonishing amount of pollen. He has a lively blog His Vorpal Sword. This is cross-posted from his blog.

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Mr. Williams grew up in Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas and New Mexico. He lived in Hollywood, California for many years. He has been published in The Washington Post, The Kansas City Star, The Santa Fe Sun, The Los Angeles Free Press, Oui Magazine, New West, and many, many more. A published novelist and a filmed screenwriter, Mr. Williams eschews the decadence of Hollywood for the simple, wholesome goodness of the plain, honest people of the land. He enjoys Luis Buñuel documentaries immensely.
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