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If you have enough money, can you control the flow of information?

When liberal investor George Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio , it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR’s federal funding. But that gift only hints at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros, who spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush in 2004, has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.

Prominent journalists like ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and former Washington Post editor and now Vice President Len Downie serve on boards of operations that take Soros cash. This despite the Society of Professional Journalists' ethical code stating: “avoid all conflicts real or perceived.”

This information is part of an upcoming report by the Media Research Centers Business & Media Institute which has been looking into George Soros and his influence on the media.

The investigative reporting start-up ProPublica is a prime example. ProPublica, which recently won its second Pulitzer Prize, initially was given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation to “strengthen the progressive infrastructure” – “progressive” being the code word for very liberal. In 2010, it also received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. In case you wonder where that money comes from, the OSF website is www.soros.org. It is a network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts.

The ProPublica stories are thoroughly researched by top-notch staffers who used to work at some of the biggest news outlets in the nation. But the topics are almost laughably left-wing. The site’s proud list of “Our Investigations” includes attacks on oil companies, gas companies, the health care industry, for-profit schools and more. More than 100 stories on the latest lefty cause: opposition to drilling for natural gas by hydraulic fracking. Another 100 on the evils of the foreclosure industry.

Throw in a couple investigations making the military look bad and another about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and you have almost the perfect journalism fantasy – a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising.

www.foxnews.com/opinion/2011/05/11/dont-hear-george-soros-ties-30-major-news-organizations/#ixzz1MAnEj7Zp

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 4:45 PM on May. 12, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • of course
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:46 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • SUre. Why do you think the a-holes on Wall STreet aren't being burned at the stake? Because they probably paid the media to keep their mouth shut about what they're doing the money that's supposed go towards the taxes that are really just going to someone's beach house or beemer.
    Imogine

    Answer by Imogine at 4:48 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • I believe everyone has a price and Soros has the money to meet that price.
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:24 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • OF course! They are getting exactly what they want and will pay whatever necessary. It gives them the upper hand and control as long as they are under the media radar... Media doesn't know, then no one else does, and they get away with whatever they want.

    amazinggrace83

    Answer by amazinggrace83 at 5:26 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • Absolutely. Money can buy anything...even a presidency.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 5:31 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • Absolutely. Money can buy anything...even a presidency.

    Spot on!
    DSamuels

    Answer by DSamuels at 5:32 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • What YSK said. She just beat me to it!
    Izsarejman

    Answer by Izsarejman at 5:43 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • SUre. Why do you think the a-holes on Wall STreet aren't being burned at the stake? Because they probably paid the media to keep their mouth shut about what they're doing the money that's supposed go towards the taxes that are really just going to someone's beach house or beemer.

    Answer by Imogine an hour ago

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    Good post!
    minnesotanice

    Answer by minnesotanice at 6:03 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • Maybe, but if you really think about it, a hefty percentage of America sees right through the left wing progressive media type. I'd bet most people have never heard of Pro Publica. These stories don't start in the media they just grow there.
    itsmesteph11

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 6:06 PM on May. 12, 2011

  • News is more about generating revenue and ratings than providing facts, anyway.
    bishopblack

    Answer by bishopblack at 7:05 PM on May. 12, 2011

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