If there was ever a purpose to defund liberal Nationwide Public Radio (NPR) from its taxpayer money flows, this newest information certainly makes a robust case.
NPR’s Media Correspondent, Host and Editor David Folkenflik revealed a glowing piece heralding how a “pair of philanthropists” Eric Schmidt (former Google CEO) and spouse Wendy Schmidt are “looking for to advertise extra native protection from public radio with a present of $4.7 million for NPR collaborations within the Midwest and California.”
Right here’s the issue: It’s a present with a giant bias behind it. Between 2019-2020, Eric Schmidt had already given hundreds of thousands of dollars mixed to Democratic candidates, PACs and committees, most of it going to the Democratic Nationwide Committee Service Corps. Schmidt has given no contributions to Republicans throughout this identical time interval, in response to Open Secrets and techniques.
Worse nonetheless, Quartz reported in 2016 that “Hacked emails show Eric Schmidt played a crucial role in Team Hillary’s election tech.” Actually.
NPR didn’t disclose any of this in its story.
NPR’s Senior Vice President for News and Editorial Director Nancy Barnes stated in an announcement:
This beneficiant reward will enable the Midwest and California regional newsrooms to deal with investigative reporting, which is so important to an knowledgeable citizenry and democracy.
“Investigative reporting” like NPR finding a pro-Biden ‘pandemic expert’ to hammer President Donald Trump’s coronavirus response? Maybe she means “Investigative reporting” like NPR’s Mary Louise Kelly referring to Iranian terrorist propaganda outlet Tasnim Information Company Jan. 9 as a “right-wing information company”?
Folkenflik touted the information in a Tweet. When NewsBusters Govt Editor Tim Graham known as him out on Twitter for Eric Schmidt’s bias, Folfenfik deflected. Particularly, he pointed to NPR’s Chairman of the Board and former CEO Paul Haaga, who Folkenflik stated was an “lively Republican donor.”
A fast look at Haaga’s data for the 2018 and 2020 electoral cycles present one thing attention-grabbing. A majority of Haaga’s small contributions went to Republicans in 2019 and 2020, however he additionally contributed money to Rep. Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ).
For the 2018 cycle, whereas nonetheless contributing to extra Republicans, Haaga additionally contributed to then-Congressman and eventual presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke (D-TX) and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) in 2017. Schiff would later spearhead the impeachment effort in opposition to Trump.
However there are different issues Folkenflik uncared for to say in his retort to Graham and his story.
Previous reporting discovered that liberal organizations just like the Invoice & Melinda Gates Basis, The Ford Basis and George Soros’s Basis to Promote Open Society contributed not less than $43,817,937 mixed to NPR from 2003 to 2019.
The brand new president and CEO of NPR, John Lansing, contributed $500 every to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Kentucky challenger for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) Senate seat Amy McGrath (D). The data recommend his contributions have been made whereas he was nonetheless employed as CEO and Director of the government-funded U.S. Company for International Media. He has contributed nothing to Republicans this cycle.
Additionally, the brand new Chair of the NPR Foundation Board of Trustees John McGinn gave the maximum-allowed $2,800 to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for her presidential marketing campaign on Mar. 2, 2019. The contribution occurred simply months earlier than being elected to his new place for a three-year time period, Federal Election Commission records revealed. McGinn additionally didn’t contribute any money to Republicans this cycle.