States Newsroom, a new approach billionaires on the Left have devised for controlling the media narrative, will launch its Alaska website next week. It’s called Alaska Beacon, similar to the names of the others in the nonprofit reporting network around the United States — Maine Beacon, New Hampshire Bulletin, Arizona Mirror, and others. The list is at this link.
The Alaska Beacon will serve up daily news on its website and a newsletter. Like its brethren fake-neutral news groups in several states, it is funded by philanthropic interests on a mission to reshape the political narrative for specific political agendas. Reporters for the Alaska Beacon are Andrew Kitchenman, who left Alaska Public Media to lead the newsroom, Yereth Rosen, who left Arctic Today, James Brooks, who comes from the Anchorage Daily News, and Lisa Phu, former public information officer for the City of Juneau. The four will make up the largest political reporting staff in the state, with traditional newspapers continuing their slow collapse.
The Anchorage Daily News, Alaska’s largest daily newspaper, is also being propped up by left-leaning philanthropic interests, with reporters salaries now being paid in part by ProPublica and Report for America.
For the Alaska Beacon, Rosen will cover political news from Anchorage, while Kitchenman, Brooks, and Phu are based in the capital city.
The States Newsroom characterizes itself as an unbiased news source but is ideologically driven and backed by some of the biggest names in dark money in politics, including the Arabella Advisors, the Hopewell Fund, and others who have given to the nonprofit.
One of the organization’s pillar projects is called “The Big Lie,” documenting a political belief that divides many Americans — whether or not Joe Biden legitimately won the 2022 election.
The mothership of the Alaska Beacon considers it a lie that Biden did not win the election and seeks to document questions about the election in the framework of “baseless conspiracy theories without evidence.”
Another key focus of the States Newsroom network is to push Critical Race Theory, under the banner of stopping the “sterilization of history.” The description of the project shows a perspective that conservatives are trying to distort history, chill free speech, and promote ignorance:
The news organization also takes a point-of-view news perspective on abortion, casting it as a fundamental human right:
States Newsroom is tax-exempt and was listed by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism as a collection of “hyper partisan sites … masquerading as local news.”
Although supported by extreme leftists, the Alaska Beacon promotes itself as a “trusted news source for state government and politics news.”
According to the site: “Experienced Beacon journalists will report on what state leaders are doing and how it affects the lives of Alaskans. The team will track policies on everything from climate change to criminal justice. We’ll shine a light on state government to make it more accessible to you.”