Four Years of Slime

by Richard Poe
Sunday, May 18, 2008

11:53 pm Eastern Time

TODAY MARKS a cheerless anniversary for your faithful correspondent. Four years ago, Media Matters president David Brock first took notice of my existence. Deciding, apparently, that I constituted a threat to his ideological agenda, he sought to discredit and silence me. Brock and his minions have been nipping at my heels ever since.

My appearance on The O’Reilly Factor on May 18, 2004 first put me on Mr. Brock’s radar screen. I had just written a cover story on billionaire Democrat donor George Soros in NewsMax magazine, and Bill O’Reilly wished to discuss it. Unhappily, Mr. Brock had launched his Web site only two weeks before, on May 3, so I had the honor of being one of his first targets.

Following are some highlights of the tedious dialogue into which Brock and company have drawn me over the last four years.

David Brock letter to Bill O'Reilly

NewsMax’s Poe on O’Reilly Factor:

George Soros is a “madman”

By A.S. & G.W. (Andrew Seifter and Gabriel Wildau), May 19, 2004 6:48 PM EST

Letter to Bill O’Reilly from David Brock, June 1, 2004 5:23 PM EST

O’Reilly Factor Guest Richard Poe Smeared George Soros

A Media Matters for America analysis of a NewsMax cover story

By J.F (Jamison Foser), June 1, 2004 6:52 PM EST

FOX’s O’Reilly Factor Denies Media Matters for America Time to Discuss Soros Attacks

Press Release by Naomi Seligman, June 3, 2004 3:27 PM EST

E-mail Bill O’Reilly, June 8, 2004 12:23 PM EST

J.W., “Media repeat anti-Soros propaganda by DeLay defenders“,, Tue, Apr 19, 2005 2:48pm ET

D.B. & S.S.M., “Echoing Lyndon LaRouche, Horowitz and Poe smear 14-year-old George Soros as Nazi `collaborator’; new book features doctored quotes, factual errors“,, 2 August 2006, 10:52 am EST

Richard Poe, “Soros and the Nazis: The Whole Truth, In His Own Words“,, 2 August 2006, 03:40 pm ET

David Horowitz, “Soros’ Team Steps Up to the Plate“, David’s Blog /, 4 August 2006

Richard Poe, “Horowitz Rebuts Media Matters“,, 4 August 2006, 12:18 pm ET

S.S.M., “Horowitz and Poe promised `full-blown’ rebuttals to Media Matters’ debunking of The Shadow Party — so what’s taking so long?“,, 8 August 2006, 01:17 pm EST

B.A., “Horowitz: Democrats are ‘apologists for terrorists,’ ‘leftists now support[] Hezbollah’“,, Wed, Aug 9, 2006 5:47pm ET

S.S.M., “Fox’s Hill and Doocy Confronted Horowitz with Media Matters Research“,, 9 August 2006, 12:30 pm EST

S.S.M., “A Week Passes, More Promises From Horowitz and Poe, But Still No `Exhaustive’ Rebuttal to Media Matters“,, 9 August 2006, 06:06 pm EST

R.M., “Following ABC’s falsehood-ridden Path to 9/11, Coulter’s column repeated false claims about Pres. Clinton’s handling of terror threat“,, Fri, Sep 15, 2006 8:33pm ET

Richard Poe, “Media Matters’ Attack on The Shadow Party: A Response to 21 False Allegations“,, 30 October 2006

Richard Poe, “Media Matters’ Attack on The Shadow Party: A Response to 21 False Allegations“,, 30 October 2006

Richard Poe, “Media Matters Discredited: Leftist Libels Against Horowitz Book Debunked“,, 31 October 2006, 09:06 pm ET

Simon Maloy, “Facts, Lies, and Richard Poe“,, 17 November 2006, 09:39 am EST

Richard Poe, “UPDATE: November 17, 2006“,, 17 November 2006

Simon Maloy, “Richard Poe responds to Media Matters (again)“,, Fri, Nov 17, 2006 6:26pm ET

S.S.M., “TNR’s Peretz cropped transcript to support his smear of Soros as ‘a young cog in the Hitlerite wheel’“,, Mon, Feb 5, 2007 3:22pm ET

R.C., “Schlussel Smeared Soros“,, Fri, Oct 12, 2007 8:03pm ET


3 Responses to “Four Years of Slime”
  1. David Lee says:


    I get the impression these evil attack dogs have kept you busy running in circles, wrestling in the mud, and wearing yourself out.

    Perhaps you made the mistake of arguing with demons–a bad mistake for an exorcist. They are not interested in the truth, so you can never win a civilized debate with them.

    I get the impression Mark Steyn ran into a similar pack of attack dogs. He is on vacation now trying to recover. I hope the “happy warrior” comes back strong to the battle. But he may not.

    I think your description of Obama as a trained professional Alinsky organizer is a key to understanding him and revealing him for what he is. He cuts his hair short, wears conservative suits, and uses the vocabulary of middle class values. But he is simply a fraud, following the Alinsky rule book to the letter.

    I hope you write about that some more. You are one of the few who comes close to understanding what is happening in the Obama campaign.

  2. Richard Poe says:

    David Lee writes: “I get the impression these evil attack dogs have kept you busy running in circles, wrestling in the mud, and wearing yourself out.”

    Yes, I’d say that’s about right.

    But what’s this about Mark Steyn? What happened to him?

  3. Edwin Vogt says:

    To be attacked by that crew is the first sign that you are legitimate!

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