In the 1960s, Billionaires and Big Businessmen, most of who were conservative republicans, lamented the fact that they could not call the shots – do whatever they wanted to do. They started looking for ways to regain control of government and the public discourse.
As they looked for ways to do this, they researched countries that had control over the population – communist countries. These governments had control over the media. The media would further the agenda of the government regardless of the truth.
As they studied these countries, they looked for ways they could apply the lessons learned, but in a democratic republic with constitutional restrictions.
They came up with a plan, launched in 1971 during the Nixon Presidency. On one hand, it is brilliant in how well it has unfolded. On the other hand, it is diabolical in how much it has subverted the public discourse and the tone of campaigns.
Who are the billionaires (and their foundations) who started this movement?
- Harry Bradley of the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
- Joseph Coors , Colorado Beer magnate
- Fred Koch (and his two sons) of Koch Industries in Kansas
- Richard Mellon Scaife, heir to Mellon bank and oil fortune
- William Simon, former treasury secretary under Richard Nixon.
Other conservative foundations include the Olin Foundation and Smith Richardson foundation. They funnel the money through the Philanthropy Roundtable, which also receive funds from foundations at Amoco, Alcoa, JM, Rockwell Int'l, and the Ford Motor Co.
These ultra-conservatives have established more than 500 phony research institutions or "think-tanks." A former Heritage Foundation official estimates that conservatives had spent more than $1-billion on the top 20 think tanks alone. The biggest, and most influential, is the Heritage Foundation.
Others include: Accuracy in Media, American Enterprise Institute, Analysis Research Corporation, Cato Institute, Center for the Study of Popular Culture, Center for Security Policy, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Hudson Institute, Landmark Legal Foundation. Liberty Lobby, Manhattan Institute, Phillips Foundation, Rocky Mountain Legal Foundation.
The FCC formerly prohibited foreigners from owning broadcast stations. Ronald Reagan allowed foreign billionaires like Australia 's Rupert Murdoch (NewsCorp and FOX Networks), Korean Sun Myung Moon of the Unification Church (Washington Times), and Canadian Lord Conrad Black (Hollinger International).
Other conservative owned publications include: American Spectator, National Review, New York Post, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and Weekly Standard.
Just a little history on the Republican party. For those who are interested in some additional history, try David Brock's "The Republican Noise Machine". Brock is a former Republican pundit and he gives the inside scoop on the party.