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George Soros: Media Mogul

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Lefty Businessman Spends Millions Funding Journalism
By Dan Gainor and Iris SombergMonday, August 15, 2011 12:59 PM EDT



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Read Top Journalists that Serve on Soros-Funded Boards



On April 8, House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi headlined a Boston conference on ''media reform.'' She was joined by four other congressmen, a senator, two FCC commissioners, a Nobel laureate and numerous liberal journalists.



The 2,500-person event was sponsored by a group called Free Press, one of more than 180 different media-related organizations that receives money from liberal billionaire George Soros.



Soros, who first made a name for himself in investing and currency trading, now makes his name in politics and policy. Since the 2004 election, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list of left-wing causes. Pick an issue and his Open Society Foundations likely fund the liberal position - pro-abortion, pro-illegal immigration, pro-national health care, pro-drug legalization, pro-Big Government, anti-Israel and, ultimately, anti-America.



He spent $27 million trying to defeat President Bush just in 2004. That was a drop in the bucket compared to the $8 billion he has donated just to his Open Society Foundations. Soros followed that presidential failure by earning the well-deserved reputation as one of the top liberal contributors. Soon after the election, ''Soros headlined a meeting of 70 millionaires and billionaires in Scottsdale, Ariz., to discuss how to grow the left's ideological assets,'' explained the Aug. 18, 2005, Christian Science Monitor.



He continued to lead after the meeting was finished. Through his foundation network, Soros has helped numerous left-wing operations either be born or grow. Many of those are either associated with the media - such as Free Press which pushes for media regulation and government-funded journalism - or have media components to their operation.



That has given Soros far more influence than even many of his harshest critics realize. He has managed to insinuate himself and his money into the media culture, making connections with the nation's top publishing organizations. He has direct ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets - including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, CNN and ABC. Each one of those operations has employees, often high-level ones, on the boards of Soros-funded media operations.



It's a connection hard to deny. But Soros does so, blaming the claim on Fox News. ''Another trick is to accuse your opponent of the behavior of which you are guilty, like Fox News accusing me of being the puppet master of a media empire,'' wrote Soros in the introduction to the new book ''The Philanthropy of George Soros.'' That book was written by former New York Times reporter Chuck Sudetic who now works for Soros' Open Society Foundations. It is the second such Soros promotional book written by a Times staffer.



Ties That Bind: Soros and the Top Media Outlets



When Soros gave $1.8 million to National Public Radio, it became part of the firestorm of controversy that jeopardized NPR's federal funding. That gift only hinted at the widespread influence the controversial billionaire has on the mainstream media. Soros has ties to more than 30 mainstream news outlets.



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.''



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 code for very liberal.



In 2010, it also received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. Open Society is Soros' primary foundation and uses the web address Open Society Foundations. It is a network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion.



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.



Investigations making the military look bad and one about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay add up to almost the perfect journalism fantasy - a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising.



The operation has one more thing: a 14-person Journalism Advisory Board, stacked with CNN's David Gergen and representatives from top newspapers, a former publisher of The Wall Street Journal and the editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster. Several are working journalists, including:



•Jill Abramson - New executive editor of The New York Times;
•Kerry Smith - The senior vice president for editorial quality of ABC News;
•Cynthia A. Tucker - The editor of the editorial page of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.


ProPublica is far from the only Soros-funded organization that is stacked with members of the supposedly neutral press.



The Center for Public Integrity is another great example. Its board of directors is filled with working journalists like Amanpour from ABC, right along side blatant liberal media members like Arianna Huffington, of the Huffington Post and now AOL.



Like ProPublica, the CPI board is a veritable Who's Who of journalism and top media organizations, including:



•Christiane Amanpour - Anchor of ABC's Sunday morning political affairs program, ''This Week with Christiane Amanpour.'' A reliable lefty, she has called tax cuts ''giveaways,'' the Tea Party ''extreme,'' and Obama ''very Reaganesque;''
•Matt Thompson - Editorial product manager at National Public Radio and an adjunct faculty member at the prominent Poynter Institute.


The group's Advisory Council features:



•Ben Sherwood - ABC News president and former ''Good Morning America'' executive producer;
•Kathleen Hall Jamieson - Author and the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania;
•Michele Norris - Host of NPR's newsmagazine ''All Things Considered,'' public radio's longest-running national program.


Once again, like ProPublica, the Center for Public Integrity's investigations are mostly liberal - attacks on the coal industry, payday loans and conservatives like Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. The center is also more open about its politics, including a detailed investigation into conservative funders David and Charles Koch and their ''web of influence.'' According to the center's own 990 tax forms, the Open Society Institute gave it $651,650 in 2009 alone.



The well-known Center for Investigative Reporting follows the same template - important journalists on the board and a liberal editorial agenda. Both the board of directors and the advisory board contain journalists from major news outlets. The board features:



•Phil Bronstein, director of content development and editor-at-large for Hearst Newspapers;
•David Boardman, The Seattle Times;
•Len Downie, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post, now VP;
•George Osterkamp, CBS News producer.


Readers of the site are greeted with numerous stories on climate change, illegal immigration and the evils of big companies. It counts among its media partners The Washington Post, Salon, CNN and ABC News. CIR received close to $1 million from Open Society from 2003 to 2009.



Why does it all matter? Journalists constantly claim to be neutral in their reporting. In almost the same breath, many bemoan the influence of money in politics. It is a maxim of both the left and many in the media that conservatives are bought and paid for by business interests. Yet where are the concerns about where their money comes from?



Fred Brown, who recently revised the book ''Journalism Ethics: A Casebook of Professional Conduct for News Media,'' argues journalists need to be ''transparent'' about their connections and ''be up front about your relationship'' with those who fund you.


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Many of his connections appear to have conflicts of interest, but it seems to me he has the right to use his money how he wants.
 

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As long as he doesnt do things like Wire tap people or lie to investigators.
 

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Steph: FYI: That aint no "snip" Steph. :rolleyes: I wouldn't put that much of an article up. I believe you're only supposed to put up one, two paragraphs max and a link for copyright purposes. Don't mention it. ;)
 
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Credibility is hard earned butt easily lost.

Those sucking at the tit of soros have lost any they might have had.

In the end The truth is like cream...
 
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Steph: FYI: That aint no "snip" Steph. :rolleyes: I wouldn't put that much of an article up. I believe you're only supposed to put up one, two paragraphs max and a link for copyright purposes. Don't mention it. ;)

when you become the owner of this board I'll worry about you say. till then keep posting your childish cartoons. You don't have much else to offer.
 

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Soros must be better than Murdock, Soros has not had his publications go under or been caught spying on peoples personal lives.
 
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As long as Soros DOESN'T have his hand in FOX news, he be OK to feed his monies INTO ALL our media outlets. NOW you see why the Lamestream media is SO SLANTED.

I Figured this would be the response from the left who is always RAILING against Fox news...
 
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Nope--he's just like any other wealthy person who is trying to buy the kind of government that they like the best.
 

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