For the last few weeks, I’ve been finalizing some intensive research and was in the process of writing up a multi-part post that was to be published after the mid-term elections. One of the installments in the series will focus on the left’s push for a public takeover of the media – touching upon everything from the historical aspect of traditional media’s financial collapse, to the left’s “Media Reform” project and “New Public Media” plan, to the complete portfolio of George Soros’ media investments.
However, in light of the most recent onslaught of attacks against Andrew Breitbart and the Big sites, I thought it might be prudent to extract a few different elements from this future series and publish an early post today. Because given the concerted efforts to use a variety of media and advocacy outlets to manufacture falsehoods in an attempt to intimidate and silence the voice of conservatives, I thought it important for others to see how –and why – some of these media outlets are connected. Because it extends well beyond Media Matters, NPR, and Huffington Post.
While the debate continues to rage over the prospect of defunding National Public Radio (NPR) of its federal taxpayer dollars in the wake of Juan Williams’ firing, the left is busy tending to its strategy. They’ve once again taken to opining about their Utopian notion of a national public media system, hoisting it as the antidote to partisan viewpoint peddling. And by partisan viewpoints, they mean those that aren’t *their* viewpoints.
The left’s fantasies were further spotlighted by several recent developments in the media industry, only weeks and days apart from one another.
- On October 2, NPR announces $1 million grant from the Knight Foundation
- On October 7, Center for Public Integrity, an often cited source for liberal journalists, announces a $1.7 million grant from the Knight Foundation. CPI has also received millions in funding from George Soros’ Open Society Institute, including another recent grant of $100,000.
- On October 17, NPR announces a $1.8 million grant from George Soros’ Open Society Institute
- On October 18, the Huffington Post announces the merger of its non-profit journalism arm into the Center For Public Integrity, with an additional $250,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for the merger.
- On October 20, Media Matters announces a $1 million grant from George Soros’ Open Society Institute
- On October 26, Google announces a $2 million grant to the Knight Foundation for media innovation
In the midst of this funding blitz, the left quickly summoned its boycotts and attempts at silencing voices against the right: (more…)