Billionaire philanthropist George Soros has donated $1 million to Media Matters for America in an effort to fight Fox News.
Soros, a prominent Democratic fundraiser and donor, is a frequent target of Fox News hosts, particularly Glenn Beck. He said in a statement that he is donating the money — his first donation to the group — because of "recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence":
Despite repeated assertions to the contrary by various Fox News commentators, I have not to date been a funder of Media Matters. However, in view of recent evidence suggesting that the incendiary rhetoric of Fox News hosts may incite violence, I have now decided to support the organization. Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable for the false and misleading information they so often broadcast. I am supporting Media Matters in an effort to more widely publicize the challenge Fox News poses to civil and informed discourse in our democracy.
Soros funds the Tides Foundation, the organization recently targeted by an assassin who claimed to have been inspired by Beck's program.
"The next 'assassin' may succeed, and if so, there will be blood on many hands," Tides Foundation CEO Drummond Pike said, urging advertisers to boycott Beck's program.
On his radio show Wednesday, which is not aired by Fox News, Beck accused Soros of having "collapsed four economies" and of having "global governance plans."