posted on Aug, 21 2012 @ 05:47 AM
Originally posted by xuenchen
Yes it's happening and has been happening for a long time.
Ultra left Wing outfits like the Ford Foundation and the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation to name only two have apparently been giving money to news
organizations to ........ cover the news !!
But I wonder what the "hitches" are.
One can only imagine.
With many "questionable" stories coming out of "news" sources that seem to favor specific ideologies, you have to wonder if some "news" stories
are biased and even if they are in reality "free" campaigning for some political candidates and their agendas.
Several newspapers have recently announced that far left leaning, non-profit foundations such as The Ford Foundation have given them hundreds of
thousands of dollars to cover "the news." Many wonder if this "coverage" is being programmed by these left-wing moneymen. Others note that the
tax-exempt, left-wing foundations are essentially lending U.S. government subsidies once removed to both newspapers and NPR. Is this all merely a way
to "save" the news gathering industry, or are left-wing organizations just buying the news and pushing their far left narrative through stealth?
NPR's On The Media recently talked to several members of the Old Media about the huge grants that The Ford Foundation and others have given
traditional media outlets such as the Washington Post, the L.A. Times and NPR and positing the questions above. Naturally the Old Media
representatives denied any thought that the left-wing organizations are buying news coverage and claimed that newsrooms and editorial boards are
insulated from any influence by their funders.
This grant-making to news agencies is nothing new, of course. As far back as 1993 the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation had been granting large amounts to
fund "journalism." In 2009 the Knight Foundation awarded $5 million to 21 "civic organizations" to report the news. More recently, this sort of
grant giving has continued with a $1.8 million grant to National Public Radio from left-wing, anti-American philanthropist George Soros and the Ford
Foundation gave $500,000 to the Post and a whopping $1 million to the L.A. Times.
Paying Newspapers for 'News Gathering'
Lots of tricks in play at all times.
Just so you know, the RIGHT has done this as well.
Do you not remember when Bush was in office there was an organization that was creating fake news stories (complete with video) and just handing them
to local news outlets. Many were about the war but other things as well. I can't remember the name of the group or person who did this.. I will have
to look it up.
So, basically, don't categorize this as some "Left wing" issue. It is an ISSUE, regardless of political leaning.
Are you familiar with something called the HEGELIAN DIALECTIC? Look it up.