Several liberal media outlets that defend Planned Parenthood and shriek about climate change just received massive grants from a prominent foundation.
The MacArthur Foundation claims its new grants to 12 non-profit media organizations will support “accurate, in-depth journalism,” but at least eight are well-supported by lefty billionaire George Soros.
“The Foundation is making nearly $25 million in completely unrestricted, five year general operating grants to a core group of journalism grantees,” said a May 18, 2016, press release from the MacArthur Foundation. But the “core group” leans almost exclusively left.
In the next five years, The MacArthur Foundation will give nearly $19 million to groups which have been funded by Soros and another $6 million to other media-related organizations.
For example, The Center for Public Integrity, which will get $2 million from MacArthur, has attacked the coal industry and demonized conservative donors, while National Public Radio is outright hostile to conservatives. NPR will receive $4 million.
The Nation Institute is a "nonprofit media center" affiliated withThe Nation magazine, which exists to “inspire progressive social change,” and The Foundation for National Progress is “the nonprofit organization created to publish Mother Jones,” a liberal mouthpiece that has pushed climate change alarmism, defended Planned Parenthood, and compared the Tea Party to Batman villains. Together these organizations have been promised $2.25 million.
Public Radio International, which received $1.75 million from The MacArthur Foundation, was forced to fire one of its employees in 2011 who became too public in her Occupy Wallstreet support. PRI also lauded NSA leaker Edward Snowden as “bigger than a rock star” in March 2014, and also funded the disgraced Clinton Foundation.
The MacArthur Foundation’s complete list of recipients:
American University will receive $1.5 million in general operating support for its Investigative Reporting Workshop, which produces original investigative reporting on a wide range of topics.
Center for Investigative Reporting will receive $3.5 million in general operating support for its work researching, reporting, and disseminating in-depth investigative reports.
Center for Public Integrity will receive $2 million in general operating support for its investigative reporting work on domestic and international issues.
The Foundation for National Progress, the nonprofit publisher of Mother Jones, will receive $1.5 million in general operating support for its in-depth investigative reporting and explanatory journalism work.
Global Press Institute will receive $1.25 million in general operating support for its work recruiting, training, and staffing local women to report from its 21 foreign news desks.
The Nation Institute will receive $750,000 in general operating support for The Investigative Fund, its journalism fellows program that produces in-depth, investigative reports.
National Public Radio will receive $4 million in general operating support for its investigative and international reporting.
Public Radio International will receive $1.75 million in general operating support for its signature news program, The World.
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting will receive $2.5 million in general operating support for its support and dissemination of international enterprise reporting.
Round Earth Media will receive $500,000 in general operating support for its global reporting model pairing early career U.S. journalists and journalists from other countries.
University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism will receive $1.5 million in general operating support for its Investigative Reporting Program.
WGBH Educational Foundation will receive $4.2 million in general operating support for the PBS investigative journalism series FRONTLINE.
[Editor's Note: The original story said that The Nation Institute publishes The Nation magazine. It does not. The Nation Institute is legally separate from the for-profit Nation magazine. The Nation Institute does run an internship program where interns work with The Nation magazine, and several of The Nation Institute fellows are also contributing writers for The Nation magazine. The story has been amended.]