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Thursday, October 9, 2008
Motley Still Isn't Answering the Question
Topic: Media Research Center

In attacking Huffington Post's Seth Colter Walls as "lying" about the Media Research Center, MRC communications director Seton Motley writes in an Oct. 9 NewsBusters post:

While usually pretending to be a journalist or a Sen. Obama campaign PR flak, he on Sunday took time out to play-act as a non-profit attorney. He proved himself to be just as untalented and unqualified in this capacity.

Walls properly but generically defines A type of non-profit classification of which we are one. He fails miserably in defining OUR non-profit. In short, he again has no idea about which he is speaking.

Nowhere does Motley explain what Walls is purportedly "lying" about or why it's a lie.

If you'll recall, the center of the dispute at hand is Motley's claim to Walls that he couldn't respond to questions from the Obama campaign about questionable claims he had made on "Fox & Friends" about Obama's relationship with ACORN because the MRC is a 501(c)(3) group. We (along with Walls) pointed out that while 501(c)(3) groups are prohibited from engaging in partisan political activity, but we didn't understand how answering questions from a political campaign also fell under that prohibition.

Here again, Motley fails to answer the question of how exactly the 501(c)(3) tax law prohibits him from answering questions from a political campaign. Nor does he explain the difference between the "generic" 501(c)(3) definition and the type of 501(c)(3) Motley suggests the MRC is.

Instead, he mindlessly bashes Walls in an apparent attempt to deflect attention away from the simple question Motley himself refuses to answer.

Or does Motley think the 501(c)(3) law prohibits him from answering questions from us, too?

Posted by Terry K. at 1:48 PM EDT
Updated: Thursday, October 9, 2008 1:48 PM EDT

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