Fast-forward to 2017, and the billionaire trouble-maker is now using his influence at Media Matters to combat "fake news" on Facebook, except this time they're trying to keep it secret.
When Facebook announced at the end of 2016 it would be working to eliminate "fake news" stories on its social media platform, many news media organizations, including The Free Thought Project (TFTP), were understandably nervous, and with good reason.
Not long after the announcement was made, TFTP was banned by Facebook for over two weeks, only having their account restored just days before the start of the New Year.
The Washington Post also put out a hit piece targeting TFTP and others, which has since been retracted, in a blatant attempt at smearing their critics.
Now, it seems, we know who is behind this Facebook crackdown on alternative media:
According to The Free Beacon, it was revealed through internal Media Matters documents that Media Matters was quietly working with Facebook to identify and eliminate fake news and propaganda.
According to a "briefing book" given to attendees at the Media Matters conference and obtained by the Beacon, the left-wing news organization admitted,
Facebook promised that,
In other words, Facebook, and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, are working with the militantly progressive news media organization to silence any organization it deems to be "fake news" which are little more than news sites who challenge the status quo.
If this doesn't seem fair, that's because it isn't.
It goes against every principle of journalism, free speech, and freedom of press the country has historically defended tooth and nail. By its own admission, Media Matters is censoring free speech on Facebook, and all with the company's blessing.
The soon to be scandal for Facebook is the latest in a long series of scandals which has targeted the free speech rights of certain individuals, and organizations.
According to the Free Beacon, everything seems to be going as Media Matters planned it.
They used a crafty fundraising campaign to put pressure on Facebook to address the newly invented crisis of the proliferation of fake news, forcing an announcement by the company that it would be weeding out purveyors of "fake news."
Now, Media Matters is confirming what many suspected already, that a Soros-funded organization was attempting to curtail free speech on Facebook.
Going further Media Matters confirmed the relationship saying,
Media Matters confirms its goal is to,
Building on their successful relationship with Facebook, Media Matters wrote in their brief that they intend to use their power, money and influence to force Google into following Facebook's lead on combating "fake news."
The Soros-funded organization bragged about the success they're already having at Google.
The pressure to censor free speech on social media platforms is apparently working.
The Soros-funded Media Matters not only was successful in getting Facebook and Google to consider "fake news" a problem, but also helped the two companies deprive the targeted organizations from the funding they need to continue publication.
The Free Beacon wrote;