The Learning Channel’s (TLC) new series, “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” premieres this Sunday night, Nov. 14th, despite the best efforts of her detractors to shut it down. What might appear on the surface to be an effort by those who oppose her views on conservation and hunting issues is, in reality, backed by the usual suspects who seek to shut down any voices who do not go along with their progressive agenda. Those who claim to be the biggest advocates of free speech continue to prove that their brand of free speech only applies to speech (and programming) that fits with their ideology; no others need apply.
Leading the charge to shut down the Palin series has been Michael Kieschnick, who has his hands in just about everything, working with George Soros, Jim Wallis, Andy Stern, Drummond Pike and many more.
Kieschnick seems to feel that the Discovery Channel and its affiliates were signed, sealed and delivered to the progressives, and it is clear that he is outraged that they would present anything that deviates from the agenda. It is clearly another Fox News plot! From his anti-Palin petition page :
It’s one thing if Fox News gives Sarah Palin a platform. But when Discovery Communications – home to the Discovery Channel, the “Planet Earth” series, the Science Channel, Animal Planet, and TreeHugger.com – gives a show to Sarah Palin, it undercuts everything the Discovery brand has come to represent.
That’s funny….I thought it represented making a profit…
With such a disastrous environmental track record, how could Sarah Palin get a nature show on an eco-conscious media platform like Discovery? The answer may lie in Discovery’s COO, Peter Liguori, who joined Discovery in December after a previous stint at Palin’s other TV home: Fox Broadcast Co.
Ah ha! Now we have pinned down the culprits behind allowing Palin to be seen. Evil Fox News strikes again.
Kieschnick doesn’t always spend his time wringing his hands about Sarah Palin. In fact, he is one busy progressive. As Michael Vadum wrote about recently, Michael Kieschnick has been working with George Soros through the Secretary of State (SoS) Project and was a co-founder of this effort. Vadum explains:
The purpose of the SoS Project is to destroy the remaining vestiges of electoral integrity. The group endorses left-wing, Democratic secretary of state candidates who have no respect for clean, honest elections.
According to reports filed with the IRS, members of the Democracy Alliance gave sizable contributions this year and last year to the SoS Project. Alliance member and SoS Project co-founder Michael Kieschnick, who heads Working Assets, a long distance provider that funds so-called social justice projects, gave $10,000.
He has also worked hard with George Soros to sway religious groups to vote for pro-choice candidates. According to Frances Kissling:
With support from George Soros and Michael Kieschnick, the founder of Working Assets and Credo Mobile, groups like Sojourners, Faith in Public Life and Catholics in Alliance entered the electoral arena. Catholics in Alliance and its sister organization, Catholics United, were active in voter registration and organizing Catholic voters in swing states like Ohio and Pennsylvania in 2006 and 2008. Presenting themselves as more Catholic than the pope — faithful to church teachings on contraception, abortion and everything else the majority of Catholics have long rejected — the groups insisted in press release after press release that good Catholics could vote for pro-choice candidates, so long as those candidates were also working to reduce the number of abortions.
The company, CREDO, even boasts that it has the support of President Obama as it markets itself as an agent of social change. It pitches its mobile phone services with a vow to fight for “real” health care reform, free speech, peace and the environment.
To those ends, CREDO claims it has raised $63 million for liberal causes and groups such as the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Planned Parenthood and Earthjustice — all the while skewering its bigger, well-established rivals AT&T and Verizon Wireless for financially supporting Republicans and moderate Democrats.
This guy must have endless energy, because he also teaches, sharing his wisdom with tomorrow’s leaders:
For many years, he was a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley, teaching a graduate seminar on financial innovation. He currently teaches a class on social innovation at Stanford University.
In 2009 Michael Kieschnick and Frannie Kieschnick were financial supporters of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights in Oakland, California, which also links to Apollo and the Tides Foundation. This is starting to sound like the same old story, isn’t it?
Kieschncik also sits on the board of the radical Social Policy Organizers’ Forum Board, published by Wade Rathke, along with Deepak Bhargava, Drummond Pike (Tides), Andy Stern, and many others. The Editorial Advisory Group includes favorites such as Noam Chomsky, Janice Fine, S.M. Miller, Peter Olney, Frances Fox Piven, Heather Booth, Peter Dreier, Maya Wiley, Robert Fisher, Ashutosh Saxena, Ken Grossinger. They host the Organizer’s Forum, in partnership with…the Tides Foundation, of course.
But his busy schedule doesn’t end there. Kieschnick also serves as a board member for the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Sojourners (Jim Wallis), and the Beatitudes Society, which supports progressive Christians through seminary chapters and social justice fellowships.
Perhaps Sarah and The Learning Channel should be honored to be the target of such a busy man and the related organizations that have so many other progressive causes to fight for. They obviously find her a worthy cause to battle. Whether you are a fan of Sarah Palin or not, I strongly suggest you watch every minute of TLC’s production; if not for what you might learn about Palin, than just for the sheer pleasure of driving the usual suspects crazy with the ratings. Will I be watching? You betcha!