Alaska’s largest newspaper has just been awarded a grant from ProPublica, a George Soros-funded organization that is a politically charged entity.
The Anchorage Daily News was one of several newspapers receiving such grants.
Soros is a major funder of left-leaning causes and is the force behind the Open Society Foundation. He is, in a nutshell, the “Koch Brothers” of the Left — a symbol of a rich man who made billions of dollars in business and now uses some of his money to influence the course of human events in the way that he sees fit.
The founders of ProPublica are actually Herbert and Marion Sandler, who have bequeathed over $1 billion dollars to groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union, Earthjustice, MoveOn.org, and the American Constitution Society, which opposes the work of the right-leaning Federalist Society.
As for Soros, since 2003, he has spent more than $48 million funding news media properties and journalism schools, according to the Media Research Center.
In response to Gov. Bevin’s video, the Soros Foundation called Bevin “anti-semitic,” which has become a common counter-attack from the Left.
“Those who bring to light uncomfortable truths are dismissed as ‘fake news’ or, in our case, the work of the ‘Soros-funded’ ProPublica, the all-purpose, vaguely anti-Semitic epithet meant to connote left-wing bias,” wrote editor-in-chief Stephen Engelberg.
The President of ProPublica Richard Tofel said the remarks were “tinged with anti-Semitism.”
Juneau conservatives watched that same demonization of their points of view play out this election cycle. Earlier this year, Republican women in the capital city sent a campaign flyer warning people that if they gave Jessie Kiehl their vote, “you may as well give him your wallet.”
The message on the opposite side of the postcard clearly stated that the GOP women oppose more taxes and that Kiehl was a tax-and-spend Democrat to be avoided. There was a choice, the women said. Choose the Democrat and hold onto your wallet.
But instantly the Juneau progressives attacked full force, and called the Republican women “anti-semitic.” Kiehl is Jewish. The issue was so toxic it quickly made it into the local newspaper The Juneau Empire.
It’s the same tactic ProPublica is using to shut down dissent.
WHAT WILL PROPUBLICA PAY FOR AT ADN?
Under the one-year grant from ProPublica, the salary and benefits of reporters will be paid for by the organization, which states that only 2 percent of its funding comes from Soros.
In Anchorage, that reporter is Kyle Hopkins, a general assignment reporter who has distinguished himself with his innovative crime-related reporting.
Other newspapers who won grants include:
- Illinois Newsroom (Urbana, Illinois)
- Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting (Jackson, Mississippi)
- MLK50: Justice Through Journalism (Memphis, Tennessee)
- NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune (New Orleans)
- The Public’s Radio (Providence, Rhode Island)
- Reckon by AL.com | The Birmingham News (Birmingham, Alabama)
- The Charleston Gazette-Mail (Charleston, West Virginia)
- Connecticut Mirror (Hartford, Connecticut)
- The Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Illinois)
- Louisville Courier-Journal (Louisville, Kentucky)
- The Post and Courier (Charleston, South Carolina)
- The Sacramento Bee (Sacramento, California)
- WNYC (New York)
ProPublica calls itself “an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. With a team of more than 75 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics, focusing on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact. Its reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels. Since it began publishing in 2008, ProPublica has received four Pulitzer Prizes, three Peabody Awards, two Emmy Awards and five George Polk Awards, among others.”
In other words, it openly admits it is cause-oriented and has a mission to change public policy.
(Must Read Alaska is an independent online newsroom that is a privately held news and commentary publication, which produces journalism that is also in the public interest, with one writer and an occasional columnist. It has not received a Pulitzer Prize in its three-year history, and likely never will.)