CNN is a special kind of evil. A multibillion-dollar media enterprise that will purposefully lie to the face of the American people daily.
In the segment below, CNN documents the rowdy town halls this last week and examines the claim by Republicans that they are “astroturfed.” If you’re not familiar with the term, astroturfing is when a politically motivated and funded group pays protesters to participate in rallies and town halls to bring more attention to an issue or event. CNN’s claim, as you will see, is that these chaotic town halls are completely “grassroots” with no outside involvement at all organizing and paying the participants.
You’ll notice that CNN tries to back up its claim by interviewing 1 participant. They ask her directly if she is paid and her answer is no. That is supposed to serve as some kind of proof that thousands of people have not been paid or organized.
They then do something interesting. They admit the town hall responses are being organized by former Democratic Congressional aides but ask them “are you being paid?” And the simple answer of “no,” is good enough to close the case!
Not so fast. From the Washington Free Beacon:
A group serving as a central hub of information for congressional town halls was founded by a former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer and its parent company is located at the same address as an organization funded by liberal billionaire George Soros.
Democrats have insisted that recent town hall outbursts against Republican politicians occurred organically, likening them to the Tea Party, while President Donald Trump yesterday tweeted that the “so-called angry crowds in home districts of some Republicans are actually, in numerous occasions, planned out by liberal activists. Sad!”
The Town Hall Project, a group that serves as a one-stop shop of information for town hall protests across the country, is connected to a former Clinton staffer and is also closely affiliated with a number of liberal groups.
The group, which has been referenced by media outlets on numerousoccasions, bills itself as a “volunteer-powered, grassroots effort that empowers constituents across the country to have face-to-face conversations with their elected representatives.”
Jimmy Dahman, a former field organizer for the Clinton campaign in Iowa, founded the Town Hall Project. Dahman claimed on CNN that the town hall events are “all organic and happening at the grassroots level.”
Dahman’s group is closely involved with MoveOn.org, a major progressive activist group that recently launched a website, called ResistanceRecess.com, to encourage activists to attend town hall events.
The Action Network’s board of directors includes Mark Fleischman, a former vice president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU); Brian Young, who worked on campaigns for Howard Dean and John Kerry; Jeffrey Dugas, who worked for John Podesta’s Center for American Progress and Elizabeth Warren’s 2012 Senate campaign; and Rich Clayton, who worked for the SEIU and the shareholder activism arm of Change to Win, a labor group that describes itself as a “strategic organizing center.”
The Action Network is located at the same Washington, D.C., address as United We Dream, the “largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation.” United We Dream has received funding from liberal billionaire George Soros. It began organizing “sanctuary campus” anti-Trump protests shortly after the election.
The Action Network also shares the same address as Change to Win, the labor organizing group.
Change to Win’s leadership council is chaired by James P. Hoffa, president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. Its secretary is Mary Kay Henry, president of the SEIU.
The Town Hall Project’s website refers readers to the Indivisible Guide, a “practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.” The guide includes information on how to “organize local groups to fight for your congressional district” and “four local advocacy tactics that actually work.”
A Town Hall Project spokesman told the Washington Free Beacon that the Action Network is a service used to manage their list of volunteers and supporters and that the group would never pay any person to attend a town hall. They added that anyone is free to use their services.
Update February 23, 2017, 10:40 a.m.: This post has been updated to reflect comment from the Town Hall Project.
Not enough? Then add that to a RedState article last week that documents an aide to Senator Tom Cotton overhearing a democrat operative discussing how they astroturf on the Acela:
Why didn’t the following information that I found in a 20 second Google search not show up in the CNN report? Why wouldn’t they interview John Noonan? He isn’t just some guy sitting on an Acela making weird tweets. He works for Tom Cotton. This is a company with resources and investigative tools that make a simple blogger’s pale in comparison. Could it be they have an agenda to serve?