More Wildness: Media Matters and the Daily Show

media-matters_small-logoNew Orleans Being on the road is a little like having a “delay switch” on information and the mess and mayhem of life and business. I used to joke years ago about one way to hide information from me was to send it through an attachment! And, so it is with my buddy, Glenn Beck, and his efforts to organize my fan club.

Thanks to Media Matters, which is really an excellent organization doing the hard and thankless job of trying to dial down some of the wildness out there and throw some facts at the fire, I was able to actually read what Beck was slinging out there. Below I’ll share for your own head nodding and reading pleasure:

Beck Strains To Tie ACORN To Egyptian Unrest. During the February 1 edition of his show, Beck stated:

BECK: It’s interesting to note a few other leftists who seem somewhat involved in what is happening in Egypt. Believe it or not, Wade Rathke – Wade Rathke, the ACORN guy, and Drummond Pike of the Tides Foundation are both on the board of the Organizers Forum.

This is a forum that was planned to host their fall 2011 international dialogue in Egypt, where they will meet with labor and community organizers and other activists in Cairo.

I’m sure that they’re just there for social justice. That’s it. What a coincidence. Wade Rathke even put on his Web site — or this is actually not Wade’s Web site. This is the coalition’s — the forum’s Web site.

It says: “Exciting changes and developments are currently taking place in Egypt with elections coming soon to determine leadership transitions in what has been an autocratic regime now challenged by the Muslim Brotherhood and succession and democracy issues.”

Coincidence just doesn’t seem to stop. Why would Rathke and Pike plan a big get together in Egypt? Maybe the flights to Cairo are cheaper than the flights to Vegas. I don’t know.

Maybe they’ve always wanted to see the pyramids. Or maybe they’re sowing the seeds of unrest, because global revolution is what they’re looking for. [Fox News, Glenn Beck, 2/1/11]

What can I say, but wow! And, my heart goes out to the Media Matters staff who actually watch all of this garbage and then mildly comment that it is a “strain.”

Jon Stewart and The Daily Show seem to have been on the job here just like Media Matters. At the end of his show the other day, he seems to have repeated the piece for the obvious humor involved in the “moment of zen” feature, where Wade Rathke , “the ACORN guy” gets to be a revolutionary moving the Islamic beat from the streets and across the globe.

Check this out:

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-february-2-2011/moment-of-zen—glenn-beck-warns-of-the-world-imploding

It’s an honor to be mentioned on The Daily Show, but what a way to get a laugh!

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Transitions: Tides Honors Drummond Pike

Drummond Pike and WadeSan Francisco It speaks to the very core and character of an institution – and its founder – when an institution can really honor the contributions of its founder and director for 34 years with class, confidence, conviction, and courage the way that the Tides Network of foundations, nonprofits, and sundry philanthropic enterprises did last night on the Presidio grounds for Drummond Pike.  There were laughs, heartfelt thanks, and, despite the best efforts, teary eyes as the Tides board, senior staff, and a few old veterans with long service and commitment to Tides like Michael Kieschnick, head of Working Assets / Credo, Russell Long, son of the first Tides board chair, and myself joined with Drummond and his wonderful family, Liza, Rachel, and Max to footnote the history and mark the transition to the future.  Orchestrated by incoming CEO Melissa Bradley, it was a special event and a wonderful gift for all of us who were lucky enough to be there.

Pictures flashed on the wall of old events and Drummond decades younger at the same time various people took their turns hurling good natured jibes and special appreciations.  Kieschnick shared his first story of Tides which would resonate with thousands when to his surprise he finally realized that he was not going to be given money for his new project, but was being offered a home for his idea where he would be paying the rent.  Emmet Aluli, the good doctor of Molokai, probably surprised many though as he related the little known but critical role that Drummond and Tides had played in supporting the native Hawaiian activists in stopping the Navy bombing of the sacred island nearby and preserving land for the future.   Joel Solomon commenting on Drummond’s contribution to creating new resource and philanthropic presence in Canada along probably will have some folks asking questions later about what they might have really meant.

All of which spoke to some of the grace and integrity that Drummond has brought to leadership of Tides over many decades and which has inspired such loyalty and commitment to the organization.  Tides under Drummond was rare in the philanthropic world because it was home of the big heart, rather than the big head.  An institution that grew from nothing to one of the 100 largest charities in the United States under his hand, but could still be called “little known” after the hate speech of Glenn Beck and Fox provoked a gunman to administer rough treatment, which was luckily foiled in a gunfight with area police.  Typical of Drummond and Tides one of the last “family” events like this one had brought the recovering police, the heroes on the scene, and their bosses for an appreciate joined by more than 60 of the staff only months ago.

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