It should come as no surprise that most of the mainstream media leans pro-abortion. What’s really interesting about that, however, is that these media outlets claim to be impartial, while they take money from far-left groups and individuals like George Soros.
The George Soros-funded National Public Radio (NPR) is among the media outlets which failed to correctly cover a recent White House summit on social media censorship where Live Action’s president Lila Rose detailed deliberate silencing of the groups’ pro-life message. Last week, Live Action News documented the skewed reporting by the Washington Post, for ignoring evidence from Live Action while a report published by NPR portrayed attendees as far right kooks.
NPR’s headline initially read, “Far-Right Social Media Personalities Headed To The White House.” The taxpayer-funded media outlet later toned down the title, but left their inaccurate portrayal intact by quoting far-left Media Matters president Angelo Carusone’s false portrayal of attendees: “There’s a couple of establishment players there, but for the most part they’re far-right extremists and a lot of people with ties to white nationalism.”
Rose responded to NPR on Twitter, writing, “
@NPR, this is ridiculous, NOT ‘news.’ You call anyone who disagrees w/ far-left ideology, ‘far-right.’ You quote far-left conspiracy theorist, Soros-funded Media Matters as authorities.”
A 2010 press release quotes Soros boasting his support of Media Matters, saying, “Media Matters is one of the few groups that attempts to hold Fox News accountable….”
Soros’s Open Society funds pro-abortion organizations like Planned Parenthood, exposed by Live Action on social media:
Abortion Access Project
ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project:
American Medical Women’s Association – to support reproductive health
- $50,000 in 2001.
Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP):
- $50,000 support provider education on early abortion in 2001 and in 2002.
- $35,000 programs on early abortion in 2003.
Center for Reproductive Rights:
Long Island College Hospital
- $150,000 training program on early abortion in 2001
Medical and Health Research Assoc. – to support medical abortion pilot project
Medical Students for Choice:
NARAL Pro-Choice America Foundation:
National Abortion Federation:
- $200,000 to integrate medical abortion into programs in 2000, $150,000 in 2001
- $120,000 to mainstream medical abortion into continuum of reproductive health care in 2003
National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL)
- $400,000 in 2000
National Network of Abortion Funds (NNAF)
- $50,000 in 2002
Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health:
Planned Parenthood Federation:
- $200,000 in 2000
- $700,000 in 2001
- $500,000 in 2002
- $350,000 in 2004
- $100,000 in 2005
- $200,000 in 2006
- $300,000 in 2008, 2009
- $3.5 million in 2011
- $13.2 million in 2012
- $1.6 million in 2013
- $1.6 million in 2014
Planned Parenthood Action Fund:
- $383,000 to support clinical trials of abortion pill Mifepristone (abortion pill) in 2000
Regents of University of California:
- $150,000 efforts to improve early abortion services in 2000
- $135,000 support “Early Abortion Advancing News Standards” in 2001
- $100,000 to support Early Abortion Project in 2002
- $75,000 to support sociological study of new abortion providers in 2003
- $174,000 to support early abortion training in 2002, and $100,000 in 2003
Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice
In 2010, NPR itself was promised a $1.8 million grant from Open Society and in 2011, NPR’s Public Editor published a piece by Alicia C, Shepard, taking NPR to task for accepting the Open Society funding for the NPR program All Things Considered:
“NPR’s first show, All Things Considered, turned 40 this month…. But the organization made a judgment last fall that taps into that credibility account. The decision was to take $1.8 million from the Open Society Foundations. It’s funded by left-leaning billionaire financier-philanthropist George Soros, who made his fortune in hedge funds and currency speculation…. Adding to this, Soros’ foundation also announced last October a $1 million grant to Media Matters, a liberal activist group with a goal to hold Fox News (no fan of NPR) accountable. Soros has also given millions of dollars to other liberal groups, including MoveOn.org and the Center for American Progress…
…”I do have problems with it precisely because he is so left wing and were he on the other side I would still have problems with it,” said a long-time NPR producer. “I don’t have a problem with people supporting particular causes but I do have a problem when obvious partisanship spills over into your support of those causes.”
The op-ed also pointed out that “Soros’ foundation has donated to NPR before…. NPR executives say they gave a lot of consideration to taking Soros’ money, determining that it would be wrong to turn down money because of someone’s political beliefs and based on how it looked…. The right, in particular, has demonized Soros for the money he has given to other journalism organizations… such as the… Center for Public Integrity, ProPublica and the Center for Investigative Reporting.”
Interestingly, in 2016, the Soros non-profit again granted NPR $600,000.
A 2016 Newsbusters report claims Soros gave NPR $2,300,000 and has accepted funding from another financier of abortion — the MacArthur Foundation. They claim:
“Soros directly donated to at least 141 media groups…. Donations from Soros ranged from $5,000 to $32 million…Soros is inescapably tied to Columbia University. He’s given the school $11,236,257 — at least $1,445,484 of which directly to the journalism school…. Between 2002 and 2014, Soros gave $32 million to Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF); a full 31 percent of his total media funding. MDIF “invests in independent media around the world,” mostly in areas where they claim “access to free and independent media is under threat,” (in 2014, they were supporting projects in 37 other countries). MDIF also supports a few U.S. based media entities, including Mic — a “news and debate platform for millennials by millennials.”
In years past, Media Research Center (MRC), identified Soros as being tied to at least “30 mainstream news outlets – including The New York Times, Washington Post, the Associated Press, NBC and ABC.”
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