Originally Posted by Jayhawk
I read it very carefully, but failed to realize that some here are political novices and would not pick-up on the realities of the article: First of all the Center for Media and Public Affairs (CMPA) at George Mason University is one of the most respected and objective organizations on the planet, and second that The Huffington Post was one of the most far leftwing organizations on the planet. I guess I just keep giving you guys way too much credit for knowing what is really happening in the world. So sad...
And yet you guys offer up "The Huffington Post" as proof
You know, I leave for ONE DAY and this is what happens.
From one of two folks that check these things out and keep things "fair and balanced".
The Center for Media and Public Affairs was founded in the mid 1980s by S. Robert Lichter and Linda Lichter . According to Salon.com, "the seed money for [the] center was solicited by the likes of Pat Buchanan and Pat Robertson"
CMPA's claim to be 'non-partisan' is undermined by an analysis of its sources of funding. Information provided by mediatransparency.org  reveals that the overwhelming proportion of CMPA's funding comes from conservative foundations. The funding information, covering 1986-2002, lists the following donors:
* Carthage Foundation, part of the Scaife Foundations - $267,000 from 5 donations
* Earhart Foundation
* John M. Olin Foundation - $730,000 from 15 donations
* Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation
* Sarah Scaife Foundation, part of the Scaife Foundations - $760,000 from 9 donations
* Smith Richardson Foundation - $416,916 from 3 donations
Thus, out of the total of $2,523,916, nearly all of it ($2,173,916) came from just three sources: the John M. Olin, Scaife, and Smith Richardson foundations. In other words, CMPA received 86% of its funding from those 3 donors. Here is a sample of other right-wing causes funded by these 3 donors, as listed by their respective SourceWatch articles:
* John M. Olin Foundation - American Enterprise Institute, Project for the New American Century
* Scaife Foundations - American Enterprise Institute, Heritage Foundation
* Smith Richardson Foundation - American Enterprise Institute, Hudson Institute
According to Salon journalist Joe Conason, the availability of this information does not indicate an openness on the part of the Center for Media and Public Affairs. In a Jan 2003 exchange of views with Lichter, Conason said "The IRS form 990 returns filed by [Lichter's] center redacts the names of all the individuals and organizations that contribute to it, thereby concealing them from public scrutiny. But the watchdogs at Media Transparency have collated the 990 returns filed by the conservative foundations, which disclose their contributions to Lichter's outfit." 
As at August 2004, the CMPA website contains no information about the Center's sources of funding.
Center for Media and Public Affairs - SourceWatch