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Nancy Smith

Billionaire Leftist George Soros Bought America's Media. Why Hasn't Anybody Noticed?

October 17, 2019 - 8:00am
George Soros
George Soros

Clenched-teeth presidential debaters unloaded Tuesday night on Big Pharma, Big Tech, Big-Almost-Everything -- any industry that pours Big Bucks into influencing American politics. Yet, they skimmed right over the scariest and most sinister big sell-out of all: Big Media.

Where during the CNN/New York Times Democratic debate was the crumbling Fourth Estate, whose downhill slide in the 21st Century has sent it on a desperate treasure hunt for sugar daddies to prop it up?

Why didn't the name George Soros pop up?

Democrats don't talk about Big Media's influence because they're the ones who benefit from it. With the exception of FOX, every one of the most influential national news outlets are campaigning -- I mean really flagrantly campaigning -- for far-left liberal candidates and causes.

Early in the 21st Century, George Soros, net worth $26 billion and No. 46 on Forbes' list of the World's Richest Men, discovered he had enough money and the know-how to buy opinion from ethics-challenged or foundering publishers and individual reporters, outfits large and small. Soros never owned a single media outlet. In a tangled web of lofty-sounding foundations he created to "give to causes he wanted to influence," Big Media in all its evil glory was born. 

It grew like Jack's beanstalk. 

Soros, 89, who made his fortune in investing and currency trading, is pretty much done with bringing money in. Now he makes his name for  handing it out -- in the area of politics and policy. 

Since the 2004 election, when he spent $27 million trying in vain to defeat George W. Bush, the controversial financier has used his influence and billions to push a laundry list of left-wing causes. 

Says the Reston, Va.-based media watchdog organization Media Research Center, "Pick an issue and (Soros') Open Society Foundations (OSF) 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."

The $27 million "was a drop in the bucket compared to the $8 billion he has donated just to his Open Society Foundations," says the report. 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.

Read the executive summary of Media Research's mind-boggling report, "George Soros: Media Mogul." The Hungarian-born billionaire "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."

Soros' "gift" of $1.8 million to National Public Radio 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.

The investigative reporting start-up ProPublica is a prime example of Soros' targeted media campaigns. ProPublica, winner of two Pulitzer Prizes, initially was given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation to "strengthen the progressive infrastructure" -- "progressive" the code 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, that have contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts.

ProPublica's stories are thoroughly researched by very good professionals who formerly worked at some of the biggest news outlets in the nation. "But the topics are almost laughably left-wing," says Media Research. "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."

One more thing: a 14-person Journalism Advisory Board in 2011 was 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 were and are today working journalists, including:

  • Alberto Ibargüen, the former publisher of The Miami Herald, on the board of directors. He's also president and CEO of journalism's prestigious John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • Jill Abramson, a managing editor of The New York Times;

  • Martin D. Baron, the editor of The Boston Globe;

  • David Boardman, the executive editor of the Seattle 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 a newer and more prominent example of Soros' opinion buying, but it's far from the only organization the billionaire stacked with members of the supposedly neutral press. There's also the Center for Public Integrity. Its board of directors is filled with working journalists like Christine Amanpour from ABC, right along side blatant liberal media types 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," says Media Research, including:

  • As mentioned, "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.'

  • "Also as mentioned, Huffington -- Co-founder of the popular left-wing website named after her, The Huffington Post, a nationally syndicated columnist, and thanks to a recent $315 million sale, the person in charge of AOL's news divisions.

  • "Paula Madison -- Executive vice president and chief diversity officer for NBC Universal, who leads NBC Universal's corporate diversity initiatives, spanning all broadcast television, cable, digital, and film properties.

  • "Matt Thompson - Editorial product manager at National Public Radio and, at least in 2011, an adjunct faculty member at the prominent Poynter Institute, owner of the Tampa Bay Times."

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 (President), San Francisco Chronicle;

  • David Boardman, The Seattle Times;

  • Len Downie, former Executive Editor of the Washington Post, now VP;

  • George Osterkamp, CBS News producer.

  • The Advisory Board features prominent liberal journalists like Bill Moyers, Seymour Hersh of The New Yorker, former '60 Minutes' host Mike Wallace, and representatives of both PBS and NPR.

Why does it all matter? Says Dan Gainor, Media Research's vice president for Business and Culture and author of the report, "Journalists, we are constantly told, are 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?"

This is personal to me. I've reached the end of the line in a business I have loved, leaving it in real trouble. I long for the days when reporters began their investigations with questions, not statements. When they set out to find the answers, not prove some assumed, deliberately trumped-up conclusion. If I learned nothing else in 50 years, I learned that nothing is black or white. The life we live and report on is somewhere in the middle.

But, as Media Research's Gainor points out, "George Soros is teaching journalists that their industry has a future as long as he opens his wallet."

The American people may not know all they're missing, but they've sensed for a very long time that the mainstream media have failed them in a society in which "Freedom of the Press" used to mean something. Now they know their instincts were right and they know why. 


Reach Nancy Smith at nsmith@sunshinestatenews.com or at 228-282-2423. Twitter: @NancyLBSmith

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Of course this is NOT news just opinion.At least some FOX "reporters" admitted that they were biased in favor of D Tramp during the election!Why do you not report on Tramps verified Lies every day as accepted on Fox.I watch Fox And Listen to NPR and find more of both sides by ten times on NPR.But it is hard to accept that Tramp always insults the news he does not like.You do not know that Hilter worked that way?That Russia controls the press?That China controls the press,That North Korea and Saudi Arabia do too?Russia,China,Saudi Arabia all have admired leaders by Trump.

Go fuck yourself

Go fuck yourself

This article may in some points be factually correct, but it is highly biased and intended to mislead. 2019 data shows 90% of our media, newspapers, radio, and television is controlled by 15 CEO's with an agenda. The writer only points out the left side of the story, not including all the negatives surrounding the right leaning media outlets. It also fails to mention that there were laws and rules on the books which protected against media conglomerates from taking over a controlling influence of our news and media. The largest roll backs of these rules and laws were signed by president Reagan and Bill clinton. Our news should be untainted and unbiased, this article is is neither.

"factually corret, but highly biased"...is that a thing now????

Your in denial

Soros is Doctor Evil! I am the gray man! He's history!

Awesome research and insight Nancy. Thank you.

Yes get the real facts, truth, at OAN. We are tired of CNN lies, and Soros should go away to wonderland.

When will that MF die- Soros one of the most evil men in the world. Thank you for reporting what we have known for years

Why can not something be done with communist Soros

His son is coming right behind him so it doesn't matter if he croaks google all of the company's he owns SHOCKING!!!!!!!

Yes get the real facts, truth, at OAN. We are tired of CNN lies, and Soros should go away to wonderland.

. The real tragedy is that the Gestapo didn't send Soros to the same gas chambers he caused his fellow Jews to be sent to by ratting them out. ... Soros is a certifiable sociopath (incapable of feeling the pain experienced by others as a result of his actions). ... He made his billions the same way by intentionally crashing the currency of vulnerable governments. He's now set his sights on wrecking the U.S. economy. The slow-learning left still can't see it. ... Thank almighty God we have Trump, a rough-edged workaholic with a genius IQ. ... 2020 will be rough on the TDS afflicted Marxist Dems. But more and more are starting to wake up, open their eyes, and jump ship.

SOROS SUCKS

The midterms should prove to you that you've got it exactly opposite. More and more Trump voters are humiliated and have jumped ship. Trump's an evil imbecile. And more are waking up everyday.

Ya right

Boo hoo! It is the Democrats that are bailing! #walkaway

Obviously you have a very low IQ since you don't understand what is going on. Stop living In your bubble and get facts not opinions.

Well said sir, Soros has his claws digging deep into the divide of everything we know to be good. God bless this great Nation.

I’ve been warning about him for ten years, Why are we not doing something about this Evil Man, He promised to destroy America

Yes, most Americans would like to know why Progressives are so hypocritical. They take money from Billionaires and lie to themselves, and to AMERICA. Soros should be arrested! As well as those who take his money. Like all Stations who further his agenda! RUIN America!!!!!!!! Spooky Dude needs to go!

Soros has spent a life causing problems for anything good or decent. It's like he was born with a gene to be evil. He has done things in every country he's lived in. He has loved giving billions to media calling for liberal, left-wing political activists activities. I seldom listen or watch these media stations and don't read most newspapers because of the left spin. This is sad that Soros money supports them, even NPR.

I'm older, I remember when news was a series of facts, covered with no agenda and both/all sides or perspectives of the facts were included. The idea was, the reader is smart enough to do more research, think through what was presented, and naturally grow into taking a position (or not) based on the unbiased report of facts. It was a compliment to say readers could be trusted with information. It allowed acquaintances to have conversations about things and further strengthen or weaken viewpoints. Now, these news reports are designed, crafted, and manipulated to control us, to force us to think as we're told. That's insulting. And wrong.

I’m older and I agree. You have stated very well. I remember reporters also who didn’t give their opinion just gave the facts as they knew them. We were then able to think for ourselves, form an opinion on our own. This is America and our freedoms are being destroyed. People today are easily influenced by personalities they follow and have turned over their brains to this influence. Wake up America to what is happening..

I find it very interesting that every attack on the article failed to deny Soros' involvement his agenda or with the exception of FOX, every one of the most influential national news outlets are campaigning -- I mean really flagrantly campaigning -- for far-left liberal candidates and causes. Instead they attack radio and local media which they claim have conservative leanings and agendas. Therefore what these critics are saying is, it's OK for George Soros to buy up National Media and spew out his personal political bias from these media sites because everyone knows all media is biased and conservatives have radio and local media in their hands. Despite the laughing by the Democrats who commented upon this article, this is a very serious issue and freedom of the press, as well as freedom of speech may only flourish where there is honest journalism.

I agree with you Carrie Martin. https://www.whatfinger.com links to the best news available.

Sunshine News is the mouthpiece for the Republican Party in Florida. I read it to understand what these guys are saying. Sometimes I glean valuable information on various Florida issues. But your are correct. There is no objectivity here.

Chuckle, chuckle, chuckle! Yeah, MSNBC is the "truth setter"! HA, HA, HA

Are you nuts. You must listen to all their lies and believe them?

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