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George Soros Buys 100 NPR ‘Reporters’

We almost missed these joyous tidings, buried as they were in the ‘Media & Advertising’ section of the New York Times:

With Grant, NPR to Step Up State Government Reporting

With Grant, NPR to Step Up State Government Reporting

October 17, 2010

NPR has received a $1.8 million grant from the Open Society Foundations to begin a project called Impact of Government that is intended to add at least 100 journalists at NPR member radio stations in all 50 states over the next three years.

The reporters, editors and analysts will cover state governments and how their actions affect people.

And you know they will be completely objective. But isn’t it nice to see the liver spotted hand of Mr. Soros reaching down to the state level. This is what he must have meant when he said years ago that he was ‘getting out of politics.’

The project “creates capacity for local stations to hire reporters and to cover issues that matter that other places aren’t doing,” said Vivian Schiller [sic], NPR’s president and chief executive. “Everything that we’re doing as relates to member stations comes down to two things: building local news capacity and making sure the content we create is available to all people across all platforms.”

Ms. Schiller said the journalists would not be part of typical statehouse coverage, but instead would work on enterprise journalism that looks at how state government decisions play out over years, and extend beyond a single state’s borders.

Meaning that they will skip all the boring ‘nuts and bolts’ stuff and go straight to the propaganda.

The program, one of a number of new public media reporting projects meant to counter some of the cutbacks in profit-making journalism, will begin with an eight-state pilot phase in March 2011. Eventually, NPR and local stations hope to raise about $17 million to expand the program, and $18 million to $19 million annually to sustain it, said Ron Schiller [sic], president of the NPR Foundation and NPR’s senior vice president for development (and no relation to Ms. Schiller.)

In other words, NPR plans to supplement these propagandists with taxpayer money. (By the way, look at how many ‘schillers’ there are at NPR. Talk about ‘truth in labeling.’)

Ann Beeson, executive director of U.S. Programs at the Open Society Foundations, said her organization had become concerned about the decline in coverage of state capitals and was attracted to NPR’s plan to share the coverage that is generated across states and on NPR’s national shows.

“We’re looking for opportunities to support new models to fill the gap in coverage,” she said

In other words, they realize that there is a lot to be gained by propagandizing on a more local level.

Speaking of ‘reporting,’ notice that the name of George Soros does not appear anywhere in this New York Times article. (And we thought they were suddenly so concerned about ‘secret donors.’)

Perhaps the Solons at The Times are unaware that the laughably named ‘Open Society’ is his flagship operation.

Still, with any luck, Mr. Soros will do for NPR what he did for Air America.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 20th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “George Soros Buys 100 NPR ‘Reporters’”

  1. GetBackJack says:

    My question always is, why can’t enterprising American capitalist Conservatives establish a major fund that spins off income to pay for news reporting, investigative research and the like to expose the Democratic National Committee and the mind-blowing depth of roots, webs and metastasizing cancer they head up?

    Paul Newman did it with his food brands, although I don’t agree with his politics.

    • hushpuppy says:

      GBJ- isn’t that in a way what what Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh et, al are already doing? By having books and programs that expose the left and having sponsors eager to advertise on those programs because they know champions like these have a massive and very loyal following!

      So by investing ad dollars, people like Hannity, Beck, Limbaugh have a happy self-perpetuating relationship… which means audiences invest in the products, ratings keeps people on the air, writing books, going on tours and live concerts, which means more exposure for these men and women, who sign contracts and so on.

      As far as I’m concerned we conservatives already have established the following, the funds and the opportunities a long time ago. The libtards are only beginning to ‘get’ how popular and how widespread our base is!

      And they actually are delusional if they think by using epithets and belittlement that it will change how we feel about those we admire. They haven’t figure out a way to silence all the voices… so they assume more idiotic bloggers pretending to be reporters will drown out the truth. Wrong.

      So laugh at their silly antics: “You shall know the truth, and it shall set you free.”

  2. proreason says:

    Shoring up the ground game.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      We shut down their running game. Pro. They HAVE to go to the air.

      Your post reminded me of Superbowl XXI. The quarterbacks were Phil Sims vs. the media’s darling, John Elway in ’87. Denver had no ground game & Elway took a pounding while the less flashy Phil Sims (w/ Parcells) dared their defense to stop their run. When they couldn’t, Sims was free to pass for a near perfect game (22 for 25 w/ 10 in a row completions for 268 yards including 3 TD passes).

      Sounds like the Tea Party Movement to me & with the likes of Limbaugh, Levin, Hannity & Hewitt who can “air it out” like nobody’s business, the combination is hard to beat. Like football, like economics, it’s all about the fundamentals.

      11/02/10 will be a “Teachable Moment”. Let’s hope we don’t forget the fundementals moving forward.


    • proreason says:

      I like that RB. good analogy.

  3. Tater Salad says:

    Juan Williams, NPR and Fox News contributor will likey put another progressive spin on this one!

    • hushpuppy says:

      Tater- Juan is a liberal Fox News contributor, but not all of Fox’s contributors are liberal.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      You mean Juan Williams the anti muslim FORMER NPR journalist. Liberals really do eat their own after all.

  4. P. Aaron says:

    If the NPR-agencies weren’t taxpayer funded, they’d be DOA. Contributions aren’t enough to keep it viable.

    Since SOROS is putting up the dough to keep NPR alive, why should I, or any other taxpayer have to? Screw Them! Let their NPR-version of the truth thrive or die on its merits.

  5. MZmaj7 says:

    In fairness, the Times was the first major outlet to doubt the veracity of the foreign donors claim.

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