When the media becomes an advertising network, conservatives say

An editorial cartoon by Jim Watson and Peter Nicholas, published on Wednesday in The American Conservatives, depicts a media outlet’s advertising revenue flowing to the right wing of the GOP. 

The cartoon depicts an advertising company’s advertising campaign for a new cable television channel as being funded by a conservative group known as the Alliance for American Values (AAV).

“The reality is that this is a conservative organization that receives funding from the very same group that helped destroy our republic,” the cartoon reads.

“Its the Alliance that funds the Fox News Channel, the right-wing website, which is the source of so much of our media. 

The Alliance’s funding is directly tied to the Koch brothers, and it has no political purpose whatsoever.”

The Alliance for America Values, which the cartoon calls the American Media Network (AMN), is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and current Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham.

The group has also been linked to right-leaning political candidates, such as former Rep. Scott Walker, Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, and former Vice President Joe Biden. 

In recent months, AMN has been funded by Koch Industries, which in 2016 donated nearly $1 million to the group. 

“The Alliance is a major source of our news and opinion,” the AMN’s website says.

“The Alliance supports a conservative agenda that supports the economic prosperity and growth of America.

The Alliance is committed to a more stable and peaceful world.”

The cartoon comes on the heels of several conservative media outlets that have been targeted by anti-conservative groups, including the Blaze, Infowars, Fox News, Breitbart News, and WorldNetDaily. 

Earlier this month, a Republican congressional candidate was forced to resign after a video surfaced in which he called for the deaths of Black people.

In response, President Donald Trump criticized AMN, saying it was “a disgrace” and “not representative of American values.”