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Left-wing billionaire George Soros is tied to dozens of high-profile American media figures through various groups that he funds, according to a newly released study.
“Journalists from CNN, NBC, CBS, Bloomberg, NPR and Washington Post” are “among industry leaders tied to Soros’ cash,” Fox News reported on Tuesday, citing a new Media Research Center (MRC) report. The center publishes the Newsbusters website highlighting liberal bias in the mainstream media.
“The over $32 billion that leftist billionaire George Soros poured into his organizations to spread his radical ‘open society’ agenda on abortion, Marxist economics, anti-Americanism, defunding the police, environmental extremism and LGBT fanaticism around the globe has paid dividends,” MRC Business analysts Joseph Vazquez and Daniel Schneider wrote.
“In fact, his funding has helped him establish ties with some of the biggest name media personalities in the United States and abroad which help indoctrinate millions with his views on a day-to-day basis. MRC Business found at least prominent 54 media figures … who are tied to Soros through their connections to organizations that he funds,” Vazquez and Schneider continued. “These include personalities like ‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Lester Holt and The Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee.”
MRC Business, which is linked to the conservative center, released the final report in its three-part series examining the level and extent of Soros’ political influence in international media circles. The study noted that, in the past, Soros has provided at least $131 million in funding between 2016 and 2020 in order to influence 253 media groups.
“This network of media ties allows Soros to hold sizable influence over the stories that the media covers, how they cover those stories, and what stories they don’t cover,” Vazquez and Schneider wrote.
The study identified at least 54 leading media figures who are linked to cash provided by Soros, with Bloomberg News co-founder Matthew Winkler and CNN’s Christiane Amanpour among them as well.
“The others encompass reporters, anchors, columnists, editors, news executives and journalists linked to organizations like ABC, CBS, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, The New York Times and a host of additional outlets,” the MRC pair wrote in their report.
Fox News added: “Many of the media figures are tied to Soros through the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), which received 2.7 million from Soros-backed groups. Winkler Holt, Buzbee and Amanpour are among the CPJ’s board members.”
The outlet noted further:
Not all the media heavyweights tied to Soros’ cash are in front of the camera. NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde, who runs NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, is also tied to Soros’ cash through the Aspen Institute, which awarded the NBC chief its Henry Crown Fellowship. Soros’ groups gave more than $1.1 million to the Aspen Institute between 2016 and 2020, according to the study.
Journalists and news industry executives with roles at The Marshall Project and ProPublica are also tied to Soros’ deep pockets, as both groups received more than $1.2 million from the far-left billionaire from 2016 through 2020.
National Public Radio and PolitiFact are also at least partially funded by Soros-backed groups, according to the study.
In addition to influencing the mainstream media, Soros has also been financing the campaigns of far-left district attorneys in major cities who go on to implement criminal justice reforms critics say are worsening crime. They include getting rid of cash bail, letting some people out of prison who were convicted of certain offenses, and reducing jail terms for other crimes, some of them violent.
To that point, top podcaster Joe Rogan and a former CIA agent he had on as a guest blasted Soros during a “Joe Rogan Experience” episode last week over his support for far-left DAs in cities like Los Angeles, St. Louis, Chicago, New York City, Austin, and elsewhere.
Rogan was speaking to former CIA covert operations officer and current CEO of Portman Square Group, Mike Baker, both of whom riffed on Soros. Both agreed that Soros is working to “destroy” American cities for some reason.