The Daily Banter can exclusively reveal that the liberal website Salon.com is actually a fraudulent entity run by an extremist right wing hate group in Iowa with links to the Koch brothers and Rupert Murdoch.
After an extensive investigation and an in-depth look into their inner workings, financial history, and roster of reporters, it has become clear to Banter staff that the supposedly liberal site has an ulterior motive. Rather than promoting liberalism, it appears that Salon is in fact a Trojan horse funded with the explicit objective of ruining liberalism in America to pave the way for the radical right.
A piece on “The dangerous transphobia of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” “ back in October of 2013 alerted us to the possibility that the site was in fact a giant hoax. Salon contributor Eliot Glenn wrote of the famed children’s novel:
With a spoonful of sugar comes a transphobic message about the dangers of straying from traditional gender roles, a conservative parable about the “right” and the “wrong” kinds of women.
Dahl paints Miss Trunchbull as male inside and out. Her physique is “gigantic” and “formidable,” with “big shoulders,” “thick arms” and “powerful legs.” She has a “deep and dangerous voice.” Avoiding feminine dress, she wears breeches rather than a skirt, flats rather than heels, and in Warchus’ play, a coach’s whistle around her neck.
This athleticism is a further expression of Trunchbull’s gender identity. We know her by last name only, like a boy on a sports team. Her sport, too, is gender “inappropriate.”
At the time, Banter staff believed this to be a genuine article. This writer emailed Chez Pazienza calling it “the dumbest fucking thing I’ve seen ever,” prompting Pazienza to post a piece calling it “quite frankly, the dumbest thing the site has ever printed”. Pazienza went on:
In fact, it could very well be, as Ben alluded to, the dumbest fucking thing that’s ever been printed by anyone — period. It’s the kind of thing that makes you not only want to burn Salon’s offices to the ground in the name of salvaging whatever’s left of the overall IQ of the United States but pull the plug on the entire internet, or maybe go back in time and smash the original Gutenberg printing press with a sledge hammer.
Readers of Salon were also alarmed at the premise of Glenn’s piece. Commenter ‘Switters’ chimed in:
Oh my god. Shut up. Seriously. Shut the fuck up. I’m a big supporter of equality and rights for all people, no matter how you identify. But shut the fucking fuck up. Point your finger at real causes. Stop getting falsely indignant at a beloved children’s story. You give the LGBTQ movement a terrible name, and you’re the kind of person that opponents can point to and say, “it doesn’t matter what we do, they’ll always find something to criticize, so how can we really take them seriously?”
Commenter rage aside, the staff at Banter began to circulate emails wondering whether something more sinister was happening inside the SanFrancisco based publication. Of course, the Banter has a reputation for extreme cynicism, but given other Salon readers were posting comments like this:
I’m beginning to suspect that Salon is a false Flag operation conducted by Roger Ailes to make liberals look like stark staring maniacs.
We decided it was worth looking into. So for the past 14 months, we have carefully monitored output at Salon, taking particular note of writers like Eliot Glenn, selective outrage specialist and chief drone lamenter David Sirota, and ‘race expert‘ Brittney Cooper. What we uncovered at first was an alarming link between the number of articles published by Salon per day, and the rise in hatred towards liberals:
After confirming the correlation, we began to dig deeper and uncovered an extraordinary web of deceit and political underhandedness whereby liberal commentators received money from a deeply corrupt entity that fostered, encouraged and paid for excessive liberal ranting to the detriment of liberalism in America.
The Iowa hate group, ‘Drunks With Guns! U Loot We Shoot’ has, according to previously unseen email trails, been funneling drug money into Salon for several years. Here is the only known picture of the influential group:
The email exchange between Salon editorial staff and a ‘Mr Cletus Huckleberry’ of ‘U Loot We Shoot’ forwarded to the Banter by an inside source shows a familiarity and somewhat uneasy relationship between the two organizations possibly marred by sexual violence. The Salon editor’s name has been removed due to legality issues:
After exhaustively looking into public information available on Salon’s finances, affiliation with non profits and network of wealthy donors, we uncovered the following deeply unsettling arrangement of kickbacks for editorial work including illicit drug money, the Koch brothers, and Rupert Murdoch:
So successful has Salon been in convincing the majority of wealthy, young white liberals that President Obama is personally hacking into their emails that they have successfully undermined issues like poverty, global warming and wealth inequality. Liberalism in America is now synonymous with hashtag activism, driving a Prius, and proclaiming one’s veganism. This is no doubt an explicit goal of Salon’s financial backers.
The Daily Banter contacted Salon for comment on this issue last week. At the time of publishing, we have yet to hear back from them officially, although ‘Professor Crunk’ (AKA Brittney Cooper) did tweet the following at us in response to our queries:
— Brittney Cooper (@ProfessorCrunk) January 14, 2015
Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.