ThinkProgress, the left-wing, anti-capitalist, George Soros-funded attack machine
put little old me in its crosshairs, accusing me of being a paid toady of the Chamber
Paying for Television Pundits: GOP lobbyist
John Feehery has appeared on cable television to attack ThinkProgress’ reporting,
taken to Twitter call President Obama a “business-hating socialist”
for calling attention to this story, and even penned an article in The Hill newspaper
to defend the Chamber and lie about our investigation. Feehery never mentioned the
foreign corporate direct donations to the Chamber’s 501(c)(6). But more importantly,
neither The Hill nor any of [the] television outlets Feehery appears on disclosed
the fact that Feehery’s public relations firm, The Feehery Group, counts the U.S.
Chamber of Commerce as one of its
clients. Shortly after
our story broke, Feehery was hired
by another public relations/lobbying firm, Quinn Gillespie, which is also a client
of the Chamber. Moreover, Fox News’ parent company is an active member
of the Chamber, and hate-talker Glenn Beck met with
the Chamber’s second in command earlier this year to plot the 2010 election. While
Fox hosts and Beck have endlessly defended the Chamber’s secret money, there has
been no disclosure of the network’s financial ties
to Chamber lobbyists.Nice try.
While I once had the Chamber of Commerce as a client three years ago (they didn’t pay me very much, and I wasn’t with them very long), I haven’t had the Chamber as a client since 2007. If ThinkProgress had bothered to call me, I could have cleared up that technical detail for them.
I didn’t call Obama a “business-hating socialist.” What I said was that people who already think Obama is a “business-hating socialist” (and there are more than one out there, I presume), would have their worst fears confirmed by the president’s unprecedented attack on the nation’s oldest business organization.
They then said that because I am set to join QGA on Monday, somehow I jumped the gun and started representing the Chamber early in my new job. That is just pure fantasy on their part.
Finally, they somehow try to make the case that I am involved in some grand conspiracy with Glenn Beck. While I wish my blog got the same amount of attention that Beck gets, as anyone who reads The Feehery Theory understands, I am not a huge fan of Mr. Beck. Check out my past posts on him, and you will get a fuller picture.
The ThinkProgress attack on the Chamber, like its attack on me, is complete bull. You can’t create private-sector jobs without the private sector. The private sector is organized behind the Chamber of Commerce because it needs somebody to stand up for it against the job-killing agenda of congressional Democrats and the Obama administration.
They call themselves ThinkProgress. I call them ThinkBull.