Journalism’s Gates keepers –billionaire philanthropists’ bankrolling the news
“LAST AUGUST, NPR PROFILED A HARVARD-LED EXPERIMENT to help low-income families find housing in wealthier neighborhoods, giving their children access to better schools and an opportunity to “break the cycle of poverty.” According to researchers cited in the article, these children could see $183,000 greater earnings over their lifetimes—a striking forecast for a housing program still in its experimental stage.
If you squint as you read the story, you’ll notice that every quoted expert is connected to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which helps fund the project. And if you’re really paying attention, you’ll also see the editor’s note at the end of the story, which reveals that NPR itself receives funding from Gates.
NPR’s funding from Gates “was not a factor in why or how we did the story,” reporter Pam Fessler says, adding that her reporting went beyond the voices quoted in her article. The story, nevertheless, is one of hundreds NPR has reported about the Gates Foundation or the work it funds, including myriad favorable pieces written from the perspective of Gates or its grantees.
And that speaks to a larger trend—and ethical issue—with billionaire philanthropists’ bankrolling the news. The Broad Foundation, whose philanthropic agenda includes promoting charter schools, at one point funded part of the LA Times’ reporting on education. Charles Koch has made charitable donations to journalistic institutions such as the Poynter Institute, as well as to news organizations such as the Daily Caller News Foundation, that support his conservative politics. And the Rockefeller Foundation funds Vox’s Future Perfect, a reporting project that examines the world “through the lens of effective altruism”—often looking at philanthropy.”
“Look, the number one problem in almost all these cities is George Soros elected left wing – anti police – pro criminal district attorneys who refuse to keep people locked up – Just yesterday they put someone back on the street who is wanted for two different murders in New York city, uh you cannot solve this problem and both Harris and Biden have talked very proudly about what they call progressive district attorneys; progressive district attorneys – are anti police, pro criminal, and overwhelmingly elected with George Soros money. And they’re a major cause of the violence we have been seeing because they keep putting the violent criminals back on the street.
Fox News host:
“I don’t think we need to bring George Soros into this – I was going to say you’d get the last word speaker -”
Newt shrugs, and says:
“He paid for it. I mean, why can’t we discuss the fact that millions of dollars…” (interrupted)
I agree with Charles, George does not need to be a part of this conversation.”
“Soros Spends Over $48 Million Funding Media Organizations”
“Since 2003, Soros has spent more than $48 million funding media properties, including the infrastructure of news – journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations.”
Link To Article Soros Funding Media Organizations