Top political reporters in Alaska join progressive news organization that’s a front for left-wing propaganda

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Two reporters who cover Alaska legislative news are leaving their news organizations to start a news bureau for an ideologically driven, progressive news organization backed by some of the biggest names in dark money in politics, the Arabella Advisors and the Hopewell Fund.

The journalists, Andrew Kitchenman of KTOO and James Brooks of the Anchorage Daily News, are launching a States Newsroom bureau.

States Newsroom was started by journalist-activists in North Carolina for whom the mainstream media is not progressive enough. Using money from groups such as the Hopewell Fund, which is a spinoff of the Arabella Advisors, States Newsroom is one of many avenues that progressives have for controlling the information and news narrative. States Newsroom also has funding from a donor-advised fund whose backers are secret, through Fidelity Charitable, where donors receive tax deductions for these and other political activities.

Influence Watch, a website that discerns the motives for various power brokers, describes States Newsroom thus: “States Newsroom (formerly the Newsroom Network) consists of a number of left-of-center media outlets that cover state-level politics and policy and a Washington, D.C. bureau that claims to focus on congressional delegations and key Supreme Court decisions that specifically affect the states.

“Before 2019, the Newsroom Network was a fiscally sponsored project of the Hopewell Fund, a left-of-center 501(c)(3) funding and fiscal sponsorship nonprofit managed by the Washington, D.C.-based consultancy firm Arabella Advisors, which manages multiple high-dollar left-leaning philanthropic organizations. In 2019, States Newsroom re-branded and received independent nonprofit status. A past job posting by States Newsroom referred to the organization as a ‘progressive political journalism startup.’”

The States Newsroom organization created a number of its own websites that it activated during the 2020 national election cycle, which critics say were intended to shape public opinion against President Trump. Those sites include:

  • Arizona Mirror
  • Colorado Newsline
  • Florida Phoenix
  • Georgia Recorder
  • Idaho Capital Sun
  • Iowa Capital Dispatch
  • Kansas Reflector
  • Louisiana Illuminator

Capital Research Center reported that Hopewell’s larger “sister” group, New Venture Fund operates from the same office as Hopewell and funds many of the same projects. That fund has received at least $3.9 million in grants from George Soros’ Foundation to Promote Open Society.

The New Venture Fund, which is Soros-backed, is one of the top Arabella Advisors nonprofits. So is the Sixteen Thirty Fund. That fund poured $150,000 into support for progressive candidates in Alaska in the 2020 election cycle, and another $35,000 to get Forrest Dunbar elected mayor of Anchorage.

According to the research by CRC, that is how Arabella operates. It shuffles large sums of money among these subsidiary nonprofits, which grant the funds out to further the cause. Hopewell’s largest grant in 2019 was $17.4 million, the year that States Newsroom was incubated as its own 501(c)(3).

“Hopewell itself is funded by numerous left-wing mega-donors, including the Tides Foundation, ‘dark money’ Proteus Fund, and Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation—all major donors to the Left’s top political causes. The idea that a product of this partisan, ideologically driven ‘dark money’ network is an unbiased and trustworthy news source is ridiculous,” CRC reported.

“Arabella specializes in taking huge donations from ultra-wealthy liberal donors like George Soros and the Ford Foundation to create ‘pop-up’ groups like States Newsroom—websites meant to fool consumers into believing they are standalone organizations,” CRC reported. In fact, the groups that pay for the reporting coming out of States Newsroom are hardcore progressive engines.

States Newsroom doesn’t disclose its funding, because they are laundered through the various donor-advised funds and charities. Their news product is available free for all to use, with attribution, which means this reporting from the new Alaska bureau will add to the already hyper-liberal news ecosystem in Alaska.

“Journalism is a powerful force for social change, uniquely suited to challenging systemic inequality and racism. Our goal is to build an organization that fulfills that mission,” the organization states on its website.

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25 COMMENTS

  1. Honestly, who cares?

    They’ll preach to their choir, the sane people will ignore them, and Alaska will still drift further left.

  2. Since when is radical extremist authoritarianism “progressive”?
    Since when is censorship and intolerance of freedom of speech “progressive”?
    Since when is the extreme coddling the most dysfunctional among us “progressive”?
    Since when is rabid fearmongering and draconian measures against an extremely mild pandemic, that scientifically cannot be controlled by those measures anyway, “progressive”?
    Since when is the tied-at-the-hip partnership with globalist corporate power “progressive”?
    Since when is institutionalized racism “progressive”?
    .
    Somebody, please tell me how any of this destructive and evil insanity is a measure of “progress”.

    • Progressive is a word stolen by leftists to make it seem like they are beneficial. It is a strategy that has been used for a long time and continues to be effective. Progressives, AKA socialists, communists, and fascists started the progressive movement in the late 1800 to early 1900 and sold itself as a way for society to “progress” into a better society. It requires the follower to not be too literate about politics and to believe what is being told to them.
      It’s one of those words the left use that does not mean what they say it means. Kind of like “woman”. One it meant a female human, today it has no meaning to some.

  3. Another “tool in the toolbox,” more “levers to pull,” for the Liberal Dems. We already have the Liberal tabloid Juneau Empire down here which has been spreading propaganda for years. Just needs to be tuned out.

  4. Just do what i do , don’t listen to any words coming from any progressive/a socialist/ a communist/ a democrat/ an atheist/ an agnostic. In one ear and out other ear. If what they say don’t come from God i don’t have to listen which i should’nt listen. besides! these kind of people don’t listen to anything i have to say, so they got nothing for me to hear. Interesting! their communism news source are laser focused hitting the ‘red’ states. See! This is why there is no butt protection pad in the armor of God eph 6, cause christians aren’t called to retreat nor runaway just because of defeats and enemy advances.that is how red states and red cities lose territory when their red voters pack up, sell their home to a democrat, and leave.

    • If you don’t listen to them how will you know what they are saying? If you don’t know what they are saying, how will you be able to form an effective argument? If you can’t form an effective argument how will you sway the confused/unsure that your way is the right way?

  5. News hasn’t been news for years…each side supports propaganda outlets and any journalist doing real investigative reporting is quickly handed a pink slip. Folks like Greenwald, Hedges and Taibbi were ostracized to substack articles since they refused to toe the line for national syndicates. #media

  6. George Soros has a pathological hatred of the United States, and everything it stands for. He has dedicated himself, and all of his billions, to its destruction. He is a subversive, and anyone who takes his money is his accomplice. Brooks and Kitchenman should be ashamed of themselves.

  7. I could see this coming several months ago. Andrew Kitchenman, previously of Alaska Pubic Media, wrote and published an entirely biased article that I complained about to his boss. She was not very interested in correcting the bias with an updated article and he, apparently, refused to do this. The corrections were never made. And now this. The bias continues …

    The next time public radio “talking heads” ask you for a donation, tell them to “pound sand”. I know I will.

  8. My friend Lew Williams would have had a lot of interesting remarks on these goings on now days….clever remarks !!!!..Bent pins to chains really said a lot of what is going on today….it was just in different time and different folks but the goals were much the same.

  9. Not everyone wants This Constitution of the people, by the people or for the people. They think fascism is more personally rewarding.

    • Exactly. And then one day they find they are actually not part of the ‘elite’, but alas it is too late.

  10. Defects in judgment happens even with good intentions. Common law principles are true in every land.

  11. I don’t even know who they are, hence I do not read their ‘stuff’. It is so obvious their ilk have a ‘destroy America’ agenda, why would anyone that cared about freedom and democracy even read them, no matter where they are or whom they are publishing with. No thank you.

  12. Someday, the USA will be like any other EU country. I’m thankful that I got to live in during the last bit of what our Constitution provided us. Too bad my grandson won’t but hey, his parents have bought what the left has been selling hook, line and sinker.

  13. If these 2 journalists follow the progressive leftists, they are a couple of kooks. No two-ways around it.

  14. MRAK is Rightist propaganda; what’s wrong with some Leftist propaganda? Free speech and all that.

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