March 12, 2009
Soros-funded Institute for Public Accuracy to Freeman's Defense
An outfit called Institute for Public Accuracy is advertising that Chas Freeman and others are available for interviews on the dastardly Jewish Lobby's role in forcing Freeman's withdrawal from nomination.
Among the persons offered up for interviews is Ray McGovern who played a pitvotal role in the war against Scooter Libby. As to him, here's what IPA publishes:
RAY McGOVERN, cell: (703) 994-1459, (703) 536-8511, http://email@example.com
McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years. He said today of Freeman's withdrawal: "It is unprecedented that pro-Israeli hawks were able to sabotage the innards of the intelligence community in this fashion." He just wrote a piece titled "Timidity Derails Obama Intel Choice."
McGovern, with several other noted intelligence veterans, wrote in a letter to Director of National Intelligence Denis Blair on March 8: "We are not surprised that many pundits and other public figures, aghast at the appointment of a senior intelligence official able to take a more balanced view of the Arab-Israel issue, have launched a strong campaign to derail the Freeman appointment. ... It will surely come as no surprise to you that, as DNI, you can expect to be on the receiving end of relentless, agenda-laden lobbying. Reaction to the Freeman appointment seems a harbinger of things to come."
http://consortiumnews.com/2009/031009a.htmlMcGovern is a member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and was one of the writers/briefers of the President's Daily Brief for Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Reagan.
He wrote a piece published in today's Miami Herald titled "Steer clear of attack on Iran."
IPA says it began its work in 1997 with a two year grant from the Stern Family Fund and presently is supported by the following foundations http://www.accuracy.org/aboutus.php
- Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program
- Park Foundation
- Bydale Foundation
- Stewart Mott Charitable Trust
- CarEth Foundation
- Rockefeller Brothers Fund
- Streisand Foundation
- Arca Foundation
- Wallace Global Fund
- The Lee & Gund FoundationIPA also receives financial support from individuals
It describes its mission thusly:
IPA increases the reach and capacity of progressive and grassroots organizations (at no cost to them) to address public policy by getting them and their ideas into the mainstream media. IPA gains media access for those whose voices are commonly excluded or drowned out by government or corporate-backed institutions. As a national consortium of independent public-policy researchers, analysts and activists, IPA widens media exposure for progressive perspectives on many issues including the environment, human rights, foreign policy, and economic justice.
Update - hat tip: Ed Lasky
What is the Institute for Public Accuracy? Discover the Networks writes:
Founded in mid-1997, the Institute for Public Accuracy (IPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit media clearinghouse based in the National Press Building in Washington, DC. A consortium of independent public-policy researchers, analysts and activists, the Institute claims that leftwing "voices are commonly excluded or drowned out by government or corporate-backed institutions." To address this perceived problem, IPA seeks to "increas[e] the reach and capacity of progressive and grassroots organizations (at no cost to them) to address public policy by getting them and their ideas into the mainstream media." This "outreach" takes the form of news releases that IPA distributes to approximately 7,000 journalists and television producers on a regular basis.
IPA also makes available a "roster of experts" from "academia, public-interest groups, and grassroots organizations" who provide journalists with "insights" that do not "ordinarily get through the various media filters."
- Anti-American, anti-capitalist, anti-Israel organization
- Prior to the War in Iraq, met with Iraqi government officials and publicly denounced American plans for invasion
- Sponsored actor Sean Penn's celebrated visit to Baghdad in 2002
- Sponsored visits to Iraq by Democratic Congressmen Nick Rahall and former Democrat Senator James AbourezkThe Communications Director of IPA is Sam Husseini, formerly the Media Director for the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.A member organization of the United for Peace and Justice anti-war coalition, IPA receives funding from the Ford Foundation, the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, the Unitarian Universalist Veatch Program, the Park Foundation, the Bydale Foundation, the Stewart Mott Charitable Trust, the CarEth Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Streisand Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the New World Foundation, the Wallace Global Fund, and the Open Society Institute