From Fox News:
When liberal (financial shark) 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.”…
Ah, but that is just a misunderstanding on the part of Dan Gainor, the article’s author: There isn’t any conflict, real or perceived, between taking Soros’ money and being an MSMer. It is, indeed, the perfect fit: all sides agreeing that a socialist, amoral, weakened, impoverished America living in an increasingly global-government world is the ideal. There would be a conflict if they took money from, say, the Heritage Foundation…because Heritage is a patriotic organization in favor of freedom…two things the MSM is absolutely opposed to.
It has been decades since there was anything like “ethics” in journalism – if, indeed, there ever really was. The “yellow journalism” of the late 19th and early 20th century is held up as an object of scorn…by modern day yellow journalists who will, facts be darned, spread the most amazing lies in the service of an ideology. What, really, has changed in the past century? Where was honest service to the facts then, or now? To be sure, some journalists and a few media outlets do try hard to be honest – but the common run is made up of ideological, ignorant hacks who just regurgitate whatever they’re told.
And that is why the old media is dying, and the New Media is rising – in the 10,000 sources which make up the New Media (and that means left, right and center) the truth can squeeze through. Every blogger knows this – which is why we’re careful not to put out something we know to be false; for goodness sake, if we make the slightest mistake we’ve got 20 critics in minutes quoting chapter and verse where we got it wrong. When its opinion, we make it clear its opinion; when its theorizing based upon facts, we make it clear that its a theory…and if we assert a fact, we’d better darn well be able to back it up. None of this pretend objectivity masking rank partisanship for us…and even though we are of a certain view, I think we commonly get more respect than MSMers who try to lie about being impartial.
Soros is buying a dying entity – in a sense, he’s wasting his money. He hopes that by controlling the MSM he can control the narrative and force America ever leftwards. It won’t work. Oh, he’ll have some success – any propagandist knows how the Big Lie works – but the truth comes out, and comes out a lot faster than it ever used to.