Religious Broadcasters Urge IRS Probe of Media Matters

By:  Brian Koenig
02/24/2012
       
Religious Broadcasters Urge IRS Probe of Media Matters

Media Matters has come under fire after the Daily Caller exposed the liberal watchdog group for accepting a $50,000 grant to monitor and probe religious outlets. The Christian Post first reported that the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), an association of broadcasters and Christian communicators, was anticipating an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service into whether or not Media Matters violated its 501(c)(3) status when it collected money from a special interest group to scrutinize religious conservatives.
 
 

Media Matters has come under fire after the Daily Caller exposed the liberal watchdog group for accepting a $50,000 grant to monitor and probe religious outlets. The Christian Post first reported that the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB), an association of broadcasters and Christian communicators, was anticipating an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service into whether or not Media Matters violated its 501(c)(3) status when it collected money from a special interest group to scrutinize religious conservatives.
 
NRB Executive Board Treasurer Janet Parshall (photo) questioned Media Matters’ attacks on religious broadcasters — such as Focus on the Family founder Dr. James Dobson and the late Jerry Falwell — asserting that she would "be curious to see if someone is going to vet this organization [to ascertain] that in fact they haven’t violated their 501(c)(3)."
 
Under IRS requirements, organizations under 501(c)(3) status "are restricted in how much political and legislative (lobbying) activities they may conduct."
 
"If you start looking into who the donors are, where the funding mechanisms that started coming into Media Matters [came from], you realize that these are not tabula rasa, these are not blank slates, these are people who have [a] particular worldview, a particular agenda legislatively, politically, and they want Media Matters as someone to help shape and mold the debate," Parshall affirmed, indicating that the organization will be unmasked as a front group for progressive advocates.

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