Group targeting NC Lt. Gov originally a Soros project
"Right Wing Watch" is a project of Norman Lear's far-left "People for the American Way."
Over the past few months, a group called “Right Wing Watch” has dropped videos of North Carolina’s Lt. Governor Mark Robinson at various past speaking engagements.
The videos are meant to be disparaging to Robinson, the state’s first Black lieutenant governor, but he has so far refused to take a knee to what some call the ‘rage mob’ and has stood by his remarks.
North Carolina media have been quick to report and circulate the videos, often adding their own interpretation to what Robinson says in them, all without a single line written about the source: Right Wing Watch.
Right Wing Watch @RightWingWatchNorth Carolina Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson says that conservatives must get more "warlike" in the "fight" against "the enemies of freedom": "They want to work with you long enough for you to turn your back so they can cut your throats." https://t.co/FxKtQ2cpxu https://t.co/3q6yaZgOjY
So, what is Right Wing Watch (RWW)?
It’s an agitpropist and a project of the People For the American Way (PFAW).
“Right Wing Watch is a project of People For the American Way (PFAW) dedicated to monitoring and exposing the activities and rhetoric of right-wing activists and organizations in order to expose their extreme agenda,” the RWW website’s about page reads.
As it says itself, the entire purpose of RWW is to monitor and then attack conservatives who its parent organization sees as “extremists,” and in particular, those holding devout religious beliefs like Robinson.
There are only five “authors” listed on the RWW website. The first on the list is Adele M. Stan whose title is research director. Stan was a member of the infamous Journolist, a collection of roughly 400 or so progressive journalists who were caught coordinating their reporting to favor Democrats and Barack Obama while smearing the Republican party.
Two of the authors, Kyle Mantyla and Peter Montgomery, are Senior Fellows of PFAW. Based on content on the RWW website, Mantyla appears to be the person tasked with monitoring and attacking Robinson.
Montyla is the author behind the tweet containing a video of Robinson's remarks about 'getting warlike'. At the bottom of his Nov. 8 article on that video are four other hit pieces on Robinson, mainly about his Christian faith, but also willfully misrepresenting Robinson's remarks about pornographic books in K-12 schools as an attack on LGBT and trans people. The Nov. 8 article also misleads on the proposed $600 IRS rule; it was not withdrawn but instead, a change to a $10,000 threshold was proposed.
What and who is PFAW?
PFAW’s website says the organization is “a progressive advocacy organization founded to fight right-wing extremism and defend constitutional values including free expression, religious liberty, equal justice under the law, and the right to meaningfully participate in our democracy.”
The group supports progressive political agenda items, attacks the religious right, and typically supplies support for various First Amendment causes deemed in alignment with the organization’s left of center ideological views.
What the group doesn’t say is that it is a project of George Soros’ Tide Foundation that was founded in 1981 by Hollywood producer Norman Lear, the late Rep. Barbara Jordan (D-TX), Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, and Andrew Heiskell.
Lear is known for producing the tv sitcoms shows All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Maude, and Sanford and Son, and many others. Board members include Hollywood moguls like Alec Baldwin, Seth MacFarlane, Jane Lynch, and producer Howard Klein.
The organization is a 501(c)4 dark money group established in the wake of the landslide election of the late former President Ronald Reagan. PFAW also has a Foundation, registered as a 501(c)3.
PFAW has been involved in funding and backing a number of Democrat candidate campaigns as well as spending millions in lobbying.
One high-profile candidate was Andrew Gillum, the former Tallahassee mayor who lost the Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis. Gillum’s campaign was upended after Gillum was caught in a Miami Beach hotel with a male escort and methamphetamine.
According to LinkedIn, Gillum’s most current job is “Program Director and Senior Field Organizer at People for the American Way/Foundation.”