Foreign governments with U.S. writers on their payroll?

This is pretty damn scummy:

“A range of mainstream American publications printed paid propaganda for the government of Malaysia, much of it focused on the campaign against a pro-democracy figure there.

The payments to conservative American opinion writers — whose work appeared in outlets from the Huffington Post and San Francisco Examiner to the Washington Times to National Review and RedState — emerged in a filing this week to the Department of Justice. The filing under the Foreign Agent Registration Act outlines a campaign spanning May 2008 to April 2011 and led by Joshua Trevino, a conservative pundit, who received $389,724.70 under the contract and paid smaller sums to a series of conservative writers….

Trevino’s subcontractors included conservative writer Ben Domenech, who made $36,000 from the arrangement, and Rachel Ehrenfeld, the director of the American Center for Democracy, who made $30,000. Seth Mandel, an editor at Commentary, made $5,500. Brad Jackson, writing at the time for RedState, made $24,700. Overall, 10 writers were part of the arrangement.”

You take secret, undisclosed money from a foreign government to write hit pieces in U.S. media against a man, in this case Anwar Ibrahim, who is struggling to bring democracy to his country and was beaten and imprisoned for years for daring to challenge the dictatorial government? (Russia has apparently run similar pay-to-say operations.)

Much of Trevino’s work under the Malaysian contract has been removed by the outlets that published it. But you can get a taste of its amoral quality from this piece that was published as a rebuttal to a Trevino column.

And here’s a Rachel Ehrenfeld piece, condemning Ibrahim for “careless sexual behavior” among other things.

We already know of course that “you can’t believe everything that’s on the Internet.” But paid agents of foreign governments masquerading as American journalists takes things to a dangerous level and says a lot about the character of those involved.

UPDATE: Among those named as receiving money from Malaysia in Trevino’s belated filing as a foreign agent is Christopher Badeaux. Here’s a small sampling of his Malaysia-related work at RedState.com:

“Najib Razak, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, has been on a more or less singular crusade to convince the Muslim world — and the West — that there is a path for moderate Islam in the world, that Islam does not equal terror, and that the taking of a life is contrary to Islam and civilization. His speech at Oxford was of a piece with that….

The salient point here is not whether we agree with the prime minister’s theological assertions, but rather we can appreciate the extraordinary effort he is making here, and the importance for the United States of his efforts.”

And:

In Malaysia, Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia’s opposition, has apparently been caught in adultery, with video evidence that Dartmouth scientists say nearly certainly implicates him. The major dailies are calling on him to resign. For three years, after failing to topple the governing party in the 2008 elections, he has crisscrossed the planet telling anyone and everyone who would listen how corrupt and evil the governing party is. And yet despite all of this — despite his stated certainty that his opposition coalition of socialists, Islamists, and yuppie liberals is the only chance his country has to avoid certain doom at the hands of the centrist coalition that has been re-elected time and again in Malaysia, he has refused to resign.”

– Jay Bookman

1,428 comments Add your comment

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
9:33 am

And to think Treviño was this close to landing a high profile blogging post for The Guardian. Wait, that’s a leftie rag, how could that be?

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
9:47 am

“and it’s all the leftist media’s fault in 5….4……3……

Oh crap, too late. Already happened.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 2nd, 2013
9:56 am

Everyone has a point of view but responsible outlets at least try to present some neutrality (cue the con parade about MSNBC while they trot out Fox which often has commentators who fail to disclose on air that they work for a person or organization that has an “agenda” in the commentary). Being paid to play, without disclosure, is just offensive.

N-GA

March 2nd, 2013
10:01 am

Jay- Let’s not be naive. Rush Limbaugh and most of the others do what they do for the money. You can’t possibly think they do it to make America a better place for average Americans.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 2nd, 2013
10:03 am

Jay, had to make one tweak. ;) We already know of course that “you can’t believe everything that’s on the Internet, but you can, apparently, believe anything bad about Obama in any spam mail.”

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
10:15 am

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
9:33 am

And to think Treviño was this close to landing a high profile blogging post for The Guardian. Wait, that’s a leftie rag, how could that be?
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He was fired by the Guardian. However, many left wing and right wing papers have token representation from the other side.

http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/03/joshua-trevinos-malay-payday-158247.html

zeke

March 2nd, 2013
10:16 am

I am blown away, Jay! You actually are critical of some media morons! All the media, or at least 90% of it in this country are so far up the rears of liberals, democrats, socialist and Obama that they cannot see the light of day! The media in the USA is pathetic!

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
10:17 am

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
9:47 am

“and it’s all the leftist media’s fault in 5….4……3……

Oh crap, too late. Already happened.
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Saying someone worked for a left wing paper does not constitute blaming the “left wing media”, however, it seems you had no problem with Jay linking the reporters to be conservative or putting words in their mouth.

Cherokee

March 2nd, 2013
10:25 am

First of all, Jay didn’t call them conservatives, he just reprinted part of the original article from Buzzfeed.

But more importantly, the folks he listed are conservatives. So why the fuss?

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:26 am

it seems you had no problem with Jay linking the reporters to be conservative or putting words in their mouth.

I would suggest you haven’t a damn clue as to what I have a problem with. When I need someone to speak for me, IE put words in my mouth, or teach me how to be a hypocrite I’ll let you know and you can send me your resume. Until then, hush with the things you know nothing about.

Sorry I offended you in your “other” name. I didn’t mean to out you.

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 2nd, 2013
10:28 am

Well, I’m just flummoxed! Just because we got a bunch of journalists on the Chinese Commie payroll and shilling for the Kenyan Marxist President is no reason to blast a few Conservative writers that want to make a few bucks on the side. I bet they prayed hard before they wrote their stuff. That just happened to side with the gnu mint of Mayalsia.

Anyhow, with the butt-whomping we took in November, us Conservatives need all the help we can get. If the gunmint of Maylasia wants to chip in a few bucks then I say good for them. We’re dying out here, folks, and I say, Keep sending the money! Our press can’t be bought but they won’t quibble over getting a little rent.

That’s my opinion and it’s very true. Have a good Saturday everybody.

Jay

March 2nd, 2013
10:29 am

If anybody would care to dispute the fact that these are conservative writers, please, make your case while I get another cup of coffee….

Corbin Sharpe. I think, therefore I am...I think

March 2nd, 2013
10:30 am

What do you expect? The greenback is the deity of the Right. It doesn’t matter how they get them, just as long as they do. Hollow victories…

M

March 2nd, 2013
10:37 am

The whole “ZOMG LIBRUL MEDIA” argument is SO tiresome…especially when conservative pundits and leaders have *admitted* using it as a scare tactic.

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
10:38 am

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:26 am

it seems you had no problem with Jay linking the reporters to be conservative or putting words in their mouth.

I would suggest you haven’t a damn clue as to what I have a problem with. When I need someone to speak for me, IE put words in my mouth, or teach me how to be a hypocrite I’ll let you know and you can send me your resume. Until then, hush with the things you know nothing about.

Sorry I offended you in your “other” name. I didn’t mean to out you.
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No one needs to be taught how to be a hypocrite. We are all naturally hypocritical. We just don’t like when it is pointed out. I am not so self-righteous as to believe I am not hypocritical.
Also, personal attacks are usually are more of a reflection on the person making an attack than the person being attacked. The only defense you have is a personal attack.

Also, I pointed out to Occupation that someone writing for a left wing paper does not mean that they are left wing.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:39 am

Bonnie Franklin died. I guess after finding out she had cancer she had to take it “One Day at a Time.”

I could be mistaken, but I think hers was the first show that depicted life as a single mother in a semi realistic way. RIP

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8xgDgTBmtI

M

March 2nd, 2013
10:42 am

“The reaction of Southern conservatives to these news reports, however, was a little different. The problem, they said, isn’t segregation, it’s the way a Northern press infected with integrationist sympathies reports it. Of course, that was hogwash. Segregation was exposed and, eventually, ended. But in the embers of an ideological defeat, conservatives found a handy bit of linguistic Jujitsu. If the facts prove inconvenient, don’t argue them. Instead, shift the focus and question the integrity of the fact-finder. If you’re successful, then in one broad stroke you may be able to disqualify the facts without ever having to argue them on the merits.”

http://www.usnews.com/opinion/blogs/anson-kaye/2013/02/28/the-media-arent-a-liberal-conspiracy

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:47 am

Also, personal attacks are usually are more of a reflection on the person making an attack than the person being attacked. The only defense you have is a personal attack.

Bull crap. Your self righteous blather is just that. Self righteous blather. you talk about putting Jay putting words in someones mouth in the same sentence as you hypocritically put words in my mouth. I didn’t personally attack you ANYWHERE. I merely pointed out your reprehensible behavior.

I find that many people who have their noses rubbed in the blatant hypocrisy of their written word consider it a “personal attack.” I wonder why that is? Are we supposed to pretend that your blatant hypocrisy and misrepresentation of what we said is correct? I think not.

Perhaps you should brush up on your comprehension skills and your logic. Here let me help you with the logic part:

https://www.coursera.org/course/intrologic

Brosephus™ - If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
10:47 am

Most of these “opinion” writers do it for the money. Even a$$hats like Ann Coulter do it for the money, simply because they know they can stoke the animosities of the feeble minded and get paid in return. It’s no different than paying a carnival barker for getting people to pay for tickets to the carnival.

If there’s no laws broken, then there isn’t much to be done in this case. We all know that ethics in media died, for the most part, a long time ago. Not a personal strike at you Jay, but all you have to do is look at the “centrist” dodge that the media have been employing in the whole sequester crap as proof. There have been very few who have actually laid out the Constitutional and real world reality of how all that started and how it has to be ended.

—————

“All the media, or at least 90% of it in this country are so far up the rears of liberals, democrats, socialist and Obama their corporate ownership groups that they cannot see the light of day!”

Somebody forgot to put both legs into their pants this morning. The “Flo Jo” aka Florence Griffith Joyner look faded out in the 80s, so don’t be afraid to put both pant legs on. :lol: :lol:

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
10:55 am

“But paid agents of foreign governments masquerading as American journalists takes things to a dangerous level and says a lot about the character of those involved.”

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
10:56 am

1811, etc.

“Joeseph Kennedy under fire for praising Chavez”

And I thought Jay might post a thread this morning on this sleeze !

Boy was I wrong !

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
10:57 am

But, it’s better than MARTA or charter schools in Georgia.

pete

March 2nd, 2013
10:57 am

When Obama is mad, that makes me smile. How dare those mean old Republicans even mention the words ’spending cuts’.

Apparently Mr. "Jedi mind meld" is not 'some people', or perhaps he mis-spoke aka lied???

March 2nd, 2013
10:57 am

March 1 — “We will get through this,” he [Obama] told reporters. “This is not going to be an apocalypse as some people have said.

February 19 — Obama decried this “meat-cleaver approach,” which he said will “jeopardize our military readiness” and “eviscerate job-creating investments in education and energy and medical research.” The ability of emergency personnel “to help communities respond to and recover from disasters will be degraded,” Obama declared. “Border Patrol agents will see their hours reduced. FBI agents will be furloughed. Federal prosecutors will have to close cases and let criminals go. Air traffic controllers and airport security will see cutbacks, which means more delays at airports across the country. Thousands of teachers and educators will be laid off. Tens of thousands of parents will have to scramble to find child care for their kids. Hundreds of thousands of Americans will lose access to primary care and preventive care like flu vaccinations and cancer screenings.”

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:00 am

Brocephus: You can tell your WIFE you have that picture for the one legged pants style, but I know it’s so you can look at FloJo’s big butt……….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ImZTwYwCug

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
11:02 am

And talk about selling your soul for money !

“Al Gore’s Current TV was purchased by Al-Jazeera Wednesday. Gore will now sit on the advisory board of the new channel: Al-Jazeera America.”

Reportedly $500 million.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:03 am

1811ect……… Scout is that you?

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
11:04 am

Conservative American opinion writers = bad.

Joeseph Kennedy, Al Gore, et al = good.

Translation: More hypocrisy from Jay.

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
11:04 am

Fred:

Yes, that’s me.

Brosephus™ - If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
11:04 am

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
11:05 am

Here’s the full me:

0311/8541/5811/1811/1801

Brosephus™ - If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
11:05 am

1811ect……… Scout is that you?

Doesn’t the postings give that away???

M

March 2nd, 2013
11:06 am

Al-jazeera is way better than American news outlets at actually reporting news.

TM

March 2nd, 2013
11:07 am

Sounds like they are following the playbook written by George Soros- wait doe Soros disclose which liberal talkers he has given money to support???

M

March 2nd, 2013
11:08 am

Soros! Drink. (Coffee, it’s early)

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:09 am

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised, after all a wh0re’s gotta eat.

pete

March 2nd, 2013
11:10 am

I think the tables are beginning to turn on Obama. This sequester game is not going the way they pictured it going. A miserable Obama (and his supporters) is a good thing for our country.

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
11:11 am

Bro @ 11:05

A rabbit hole is a rabbit hole is a rabbit hole

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
11:11 am

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:47 am

Also, personal attacks are usually are more of a reflection on the person making an attack than the person being attacked. The only defense you have is a personal attack.

Bull crap. Your self righteous blather is just that. Self righteous blather. you talk about putting Jay putting words in someones mouth in the same sentence as you hypocritically put words in my mouth.
Where did put any words in Jay’s mouth. Someone stated that Treveino worked for a left wing rag and you make a statement that someone is “blaming the left wing media” You put words in their mouth.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
10:47 am

Also, personal attacks are usually are more of a reflection on the person making an attack than the person being attacked. The only defense you have is a personal attack.

Bull crap. Your self righteous blather is just that. Self righteous blather. Speaking of self-righteous blather. put words in my mouth, or teach me how to be a hypocrite I’ll let you know and you can send me your resume/I>. -
I admit we are all self-righteous and hypocrites but yet I am the one who is self-righteous and hypocritical.
I find that many people who have their noses rubbed in the blatant hypocrisy of their written word consider it a “personal attack.” I wonder why that is? Are we supposed to pretend that your blatant hypocrisy and misrepresentation of what we said is correct? I think not.
I agree with you which must be why you are so upset when I pointed out how you did not have problem with Jay’s comments about these writers being conservative but as soon as soon as someone links one to a liberal newspaper you have a problem. The problem I have with occupation statement is the Guardian actually fired him and even FOX has their token liberals so his statement really proves nothing.

I am not really sure where you really pointed out anything I said was hypocritical. You just merely called me hypocritical, however, I do admit to being hypocritical as we all are and actually appreciate when people point it out so if you have a specific problem with my logic instead of a general dismissal then let me know.

Thanks-

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:12 am

Can you say Open Society Foundations and all the money they spread to the media to ensure a progressive agenda is being well written about.

Bob Loblaw

March 2nd, 2013
11:13 am

This insubordination should be met with these writer’s immediate termination. I would bet that the IRS will be calling, too, to talk about these enormous amounts of money and whether or not their tax returns reflect that. The “adultery” story, if false or partially false is especially disgusting.

Again, if this is true, I would hope that whatever “Press Associations” are out there ought to do the equivalent of a disbarment for these writers. The forums that these writers put these articles/columns/blog entries on ought to be sued for negligence if they did not accurately check the facts in editing their writer’s work.

The fact that a lot of my conservative colleagues and I receive “news” from these writers is especially disturbing. After watching a fall where Fox News basically ran Romney Pep Rallies only to get beat and leave their viewers stunned at reality, the conservatives that are feeding the news are on thin ice.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:14 am

Scout, Brocephus: Yeah but I wanted to be sure before I posted to him lol. I like the 4 numbers better than the six million lol.

So anyway scout………. I can’t find anything WRITTEN on Joe. When I googled it everything came back to the same video from ABC I think. Ihate watching videos and prefer to read. Did you find anything written? I loves to hate me some Chavez lol and don’t care much for those idiot Kennedy’s………

M

March 2nd, 2013
11:14 am

The sequester is going fine for Obama. He’s essentially gotten Republicans to admit that spending cuts will be bad for the economy, and he’s gotten at least a plurality of Americans to assign blame for any misery that comes from the cuts to the GOP.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:14 am

…and even FOX has their token liberals…

And the Harlem Globetrotters had the Washington Generals.

1811, etc.

March 2nd, 2013
11:16 am

Brosephus:

“M” at 11:06 makes my point but since he/she/it/both must be including the AJC it can’t be all bad :o !!!

This thread topic is just more liberal bias by Jay with his blinders on for the Kennedys, Gore’s, et al .

Pretty pathetic.

Off and out into the cold to walk “Scout” my boxer ………….. :o

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:18 am

I am not really sure where you really pointed out anything I said was hypocritical.

That is because in your self righteousness you REFUSE to see it. Everyone else can though. Thanks for playing. I lack time to talk to those who lack morals and intellectual integrity.

Also work on your html skills.That last post was indecipherable do to the scripting errors.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
11:20 am

pete: “second value is with the rear seat folded down and the vehicle loaded up to roof height).”

You actually think this sequester outcome is NOT what Obama wants? Wow. You’re very easily misled.

You remind me of the liberals, thinking this is such a big miscalculation for Obama and not what Obama wants when it’s obvious – this is EXACTLY what he wants. He wants HUGE cuts. And now he’s got them, but without the public knowing it’s what he wanted.

Where do you and the liberals get this idea Obama doesn’t want these cuts when it’s what he’s been saying he wants since he came into office?

Guess it’s because you have your own cardboard image of who Obama is supposed to be, just like liberals.

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
11:20 am

Scout

You do know that you are welcome to start you own blog and pick the topics.

Do you think Kyle Wingfield or any other right leaning Op Ed writer brings his political bias to the table or just Jay and the left leaning Op Ed writers?

“The ‘Scout’ doth protest too much”

TM

March 2nd, 2013
11:22 am

Jay -this is the better headline from TPM- Our Commander in Chief can’t tell the truth again–

“WaPo Fact Checker Gives Obama 4 Pinocchios For Janitor Claim”

CJ Savvy

March 2nd, 2013
11:24 am

What’s new? The Malaysian ruling regime is desperate to win the next general elections. Covert actions, such as paying journalistic mercenaries to write falsities about the opposition leader, will not change the electorate’s mind. They are done with the plunderers of the nation’s wealth. Democratic western governments, the USA included, should take a stand.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:24 am

Brochephus @ 10:47: Well nicely put. LOL not just the FloJo pic. An opinion piece is an opinion piece, doesn’t matter which side writes it, it is SUPPOSED to be slanted.

BUT……. as soon as I read teh piece I says to myself……. how long before someone lacking brains will cry …… “but but but LEFT WING MEDIA or BENGHAZI” rather than take the time to point out what you did in a clear and concise manner. LOL lo and behold I found it in the first post which was by Moderate Line/Welcome to the Occupation.

Also, do you have any idea why those who use screen names that suggest neutrality are overwhelmingly anything BUT? It would be like me using the screen name Mr. Meek and Mild.

pete

March 2nd, 2013
11:24 am

Jay is nothing but a mouth piece and cheerleader for the liberal left. Everything in his world leans left. He has absolutely no balance to his writing.

Recon 0311 2533

March 2nd, 2013
11:24 am

Don’t know that much about Anwar Ibrahim other than he’s been an opposition party leader and evidently there’s been speculation about his sexual orientation but that could be just politics. Malaysia like Indonesia are both predominately Muslim have done a good job of controlling radical Islamic elements. Particularly the Malaysian government. Malaysia unlike Indonesia has a Muslim government but recognizes other religions. They have Sharia law for Muslims and civil laws for non-Muslims. Unlike many cities throughout Southeast Asia Kuala Lampur is clean, beautiful and safe. I’ve enjoyed visiting there and the people are friendly to Americans.

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
11:25 am

Scout

If you come back later, do you think “birther_central.com” (WND) that you have linked articles from numerous times is biased or fair reporting? If biased, how many emails have you sent to them or comments have you posted complaining about their bias?

Let me guess, you were going to post a comment once about their bias but you got busy and forgot…..

:-)

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:26 am

Top Journalists that Serve on Soros-Funded Boards of Directors or Advisers -

Center for Public Integrity

Board of Directors:

Christiane Amanpour – Anchor of ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour,’ ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program

Sheila Coronel – Director of The Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism

Charles Eisendrath – Director of the Knight-Wallace Fellows and the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists at the University of Michigan

Arianna Huffington – President and Editor-in-Chief of Huffington Post Media Group, including: The Huffington Post, AOL Media and AOL Local properties

Jennifer 8. Lee – Author and nine-year veteran of The New York Times. She also serves on the Nieman Foundation advisory board

Charles Lewis -Founding executive editor of the new Investigative Reporting Workshop at American University’s School of Communication

Olivia Ma – News manager and part of the news and politics team at YouTube

Paula Williams Madison – Chairman and CEO of Madison Media Management LLC, recently retired from NBC Universal

Geneva Overholser – Director of the School of Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication

Matt Thompson – Editorial product manager at National Public Radio and adjunct faculty member at the Poynter Institute

Advisory Council

Gustavo Godoy – Executive editor and publisher of Vista, a monthly magazine for Hispanic Americans

Kathleen Hall Jamieson – Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania

Michele Norris – Host of NPR’s newsmagazine All Things Considered

Charles Piller – Senior investigative reporter for the Sacramento Bee

Ben Sherwood – ABC News president and former ‘Good Morning America’ executive producer

Center for Investigative Reporting

Board of Directors

Phil Bronstein – Director of Content Development & Editor-at-Large Hearst Newspapers

David Boardman – Executive Editor and Senior Vice President, The Seattle Times

Jon Funabiki – Professor of journalism at San Francisco State University

George Osterkamp – Producer for CBS News

Board of Advisers

Lowell Bergman – Producer/correspondent for PBS series ‘Frontline’ and professor of Investigative Reporting at University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

Sarah Cohen – Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism and Public Policy at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. She is on the board of directors for Investigative Reporters and Editors

Len Downie – Vice president and former executive editor for The Washington Post

Elizabeth Farnsworth – Special correspondent for PBS ‘Newshour’

Seymour Hersh – Staff writer, The New Yorker

Dori Maynard – President, Maynard Institute

Bill Moyers – Host of ‘Bill Moyers Journal’ on PBS

Raul Ramirez – Executive Director, News and Public Affairs, KQED San Francisco

Orville Schell – Former dean of University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

Susan Stamberg – Special correspondent, National Public Radio

Mike Wallace – Recently retired from his work as a CBS ‘60 Minutes’ correspondent, is now a correspondent emeritus for CBS

Judy Woodruff – Co-anchor PBS ‘NewsHour’

ProPublica

Board of Directors

Alberto Ibargüen – President and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald

Journalism Advisory Board

Jill Abramson – New executive editor of The New York Times

David Boardman – Executive editor of the Seattle Times

John S. Carroll – Former editor of the Los Angeles Times and Baltimore Sun

L. Gordon Crovitz – Former publisher of The Wall Street Journal

David Gergen – Senior political analyst for CNN

Shawn McIntosh – Director of culture and change at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ellen Miller – Executive director of The Sunlight Foundation

Priscilla Painton – Editor-in-chief of Simon & Schuster

Allan Sloan – Senior editor-at-large for Fortune magazine

Kerry Smith – Senior vice president for editorial quality of ABC News

Cynthia A. Tucker – Editorial page editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Business Advisory Council

William Pollak – CEO, ALM Media LLC

Free Press

Board of Directors

Maxie C. Jackson III – President and CEO for the National Federation of Community Broadcasters

Organization of News Ombudsmen

Officers and Directors

Jacob Möllerup – Danish Broadcasting Corporation and president of ONO

Debbie Kornmiller – Reader advocate of the Arizona Daily Star

Julie Miville-Dechene – Radio-Canada

Judi Whetstine – Gazette Communications

Investigative News Network

Board of Directors

Brant Houston – Chair of the Board & Knight Chair of Investigative Reporting, University of Illinois Journalism Dept.

Charles Lewis – Board Member & Executive Editor, The American University School of Communication Investigative Reporting Workshop

Robert Rosenthal – Center for Investigative Reporting Board Member & Executive Director

William Buzenberg – Executive Director, The Center for Public Integrity

Laura Frank – Executive Director, I-News, the Rocky Mountain Investigative News Network

Margaret Freivogel – Board Member & Editor, St. Louis Beacon

Soros-related organizations

This is a partial list of the media organizations that have staffers on the boards of Soros-funded media outlets.

Radio

KQED

NPR

Radio-Canada

Print

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Arizona Daily Star

Associated Press

El Nuevo Herald

Fortune

Gazette Communications

Hearst Newspapers

Houston Chronicle

New York Times

The New Yorker

Sacramento Bee

Seattle Times

Simon & Schuster

Toronto Star

USA Today

Vista

See more at: http://www.mrc.org/business-and-media-institute/top-journalists-serve-soros-funded-boards-directors-or-advisers#sthash.t0MkUwW8.dpuf

pete

March 2nd, 2013
11:27 am

Welcome,

I hate liberals. I wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire!

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:28 am

He has absolutely no balance to his writing.

Michelle Malkin says, “What?”

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:29 am

TBS: Scout comes here because this is where the folks with the brains are. Kyle isn’t smart enough to pour urine out of a boot if the directions were on the heel and he’s the SMART one over there (well except for Bruno).

M

March 2nd, 2013
11:29 am

pete,

I bet you’re a hoot at parties.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:30 am

JAY

Where do you suppose that tactic originated? I don’t know but this practice is not necessarily virgin concept here in good ole USA.

While not a good comparison, the stategy of avoiding mainstream press and punish those who dare challenge the current administration, the level of control our current administration bears by “marketing” issues as opposed to addressing them, certainly doesn’t leave a much better aftertaste..

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
11:30 am

pete

Sounds like you have deeper seeded problems than just politics. Not sure if this blog is going to be the place you will find the help you need. Attentions wh0res get boring real fast. Just saying

Recon 0311 2533

March 2nd, 2013
11:31 am

td@11:26, good post and points to some far-left hypocrisy.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:31 am

pete

March 2nd, 2013
11:27 am

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank you for such an intellectual contribution to this forum. What would we do without you?

TBS

March 2nd, 2013
11:32 am

Fred

I know. I just find Scout’s feigned outrage about a left leaning Op Ed writer to be amusing to say the least. If nothing else, he is good for some cheap belly laughs

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:34 am

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:28 am

He has absolutely no balance to his writing.

Michelle Malkin says, “What?”

I have got your Michelle Malkin. Funniest political video going right now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1iRdUwnFWo&feature=player_embedded#!

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:34 am

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:29 am

Despite the value to most here of his message, I think Kyle is actually a very bright guy treading successfully on a highwire of being a young, moderate conservative…

PETE

Since we’ve covered urine, do we now move on to the fecal matter?

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
11:35 am

Bob Loblaw

March 2nd, 2013
11:13 am

This insubordination should be met with these writer’s immediate termination. I would bet that the IRS will be calling, too, to talk about these enormous amounts of money and whether or not their tax returns reflect that. The “adultery” story, if false or partially false is especially disgusting.
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The Guardian fired Trevino, however, many parts of the media do not have a problem with this. For example Adrian Pabst who received money from Russia is still writing for many papers. In fact this is what the Huffington Post stated:
Huffington Post spokesman Rhoades Alderson said the site has a policy requiring bloggers to disclose any financial conflicts of interest related to the issue they are writing about, but Pabst did not violate the policy.

The job of our blog editors is to make sure all of our posts add value for our readers,” Alderson said in a statement. “Part of that is making judgment calls about the transparency of each blogger’s motive, even in cases when there is no technical violation of the disclosure policy. A submission by a PR firm raises flags but is not automatically disqualified if the blog adds value and is in keeping with our guidelines.”

I don’t agree with the term insubornation but I believe any episode like this erodes the publics trust of the media which isn’t very high anyway.

http://www.propublica.org/article/from-russia-with-pr-ketchum-cnbc

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:36 am

Jay is nothing but a mouth piece and cheerleader for the liberal left. Everything in his world leans left. He has absolutely no balance to his writing.

Thank you Captain Obvious. Here is obviously one of the SMARTER Right wing nutcase talk radio listening FOXBOTS.

He comes to a LEFT WING OPINION SITE and has just now figured out on his own that the host is left wing.

Can we get a round of applause, an amen and a group hug for little petey?

Here’s a kid who just saw pete:

http://notthebestoftimes.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/iseestupidpeople.jpg

alittlecommonsense

March 2nd, 2013
11:36 am

“Jay- Let’s not be naive. Rush Limbaugh and most of the others do what they do for the money. You can’t possibly think they do it to make America a better place for average Americans.”

Lol. Apparently N-GA thinks Jay does this blog “to make America a better place”, not for the paycheck.

Maximum_Bob

March 2nd, 2013
11:36 am

Hey td, how’s that tin-foil hat working out for you?

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:38 am

Despite the value to most here of his message, I think Kyle is actually a very bright guy treading successfully on a highwire of being a young, moderate conservative…

Of course you do. you are a right winger trying to disguise yourself as an independent so his lies, hypocrisy, and lack of ability are natural to you.

Do you go to Lil Davey Slagle’s church too?

Moderate Line

March 2nd, 2013
11:38 am

Whether liberal or conservative this practice is not very good for the media. It lowers the trust that people have in the media. It is not a good practice.

QE 4 EVAH?

March 2nd, 2013
11:39 am

SOP.

From Russia With PR

Several opinion columns praising Russia and published in the last two years on CNBC’s web site and the Huffington Post were written by seemingly independent professionals but were placed on behalf of the Russian government by its public-relations firm, Ketchum.

Public relations firms constantly peddle op-eds on behalf of politicians, corporations, and governments. Rarely if ever do publications disclose the role of a PR firm in placing an op-ed, so it’s unusual to get a glimpse behind the scenes and see how an op-ed was generated.

What readers of the CNBC and Huffington Post pieces did not know — but Justice Department foreign agent registration filings [2] by Ketchum show — is that the columns were placed by the public-relations firm working on a contract [3] with the Russian government to, among other things, promote the country “as a place favorable for foreign investments.”

http://www.propublica.org/article/from-russia-with-pr-ketchum-cnbc

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
11:39 am

pete : “I hate liberals. I wouldn’t piss on them if they were on fire!”

Well maybe you ought to take a closer look at the things you apparently have in common with them, which seems to be a lot.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:40 am

TD

Seriously? Seems to me that the answer to which side has more of a media advantage will never be resolved…certainly not here. IMO, the folks on the right feel that with exception to FOX all other TV mediums report stories with a left tint. The lefties feel that Fox news has such a big bullhorn (true) and so obliviously conservative, that that is were the conversation starts and ends.

Neither side will convince the other….why bother? The respective sides will simply continue to read that which supports other than challenges preconcieved notions..its all there.

Matti

March 2nd, 2013
11:42 am

And here I was feeling guilty about putting a little “romance” fiction together for an e-book to help pay for my kitchen renovation. Dang.

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:42 am

Maximum_Bob

March 2nd, 2013
11:36 am

Hey td, how’s that tin-foil hat working out for you?

I guess a tin-foil hat is better then having your head stuck so far up the but of the progressive movement that you can not see the light.

Brosephus™ - If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
11:42 am

This thread topic is just more liberal bias by Jay with his blinders on for the Kennedys, Gore’s, et al .

Pretty pathetic.

Just as your posts are the usual conservative deflection, and that’s just as pathetic and expected.

I’m so looking forward to the first time any conservative here actually owns up to the shortcoming of their own brother-in-arms before they embark on the grand crusade of pointing out the shortcoming of liberals.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:43 am

Apparently N-GA thinks Jay does this blog “to make America a better place”, not for the paycheck.

I would bet my bottom dollar that Jay DOES do it to make America a better place, or at least that part of America he can reach. I don’t always agree with him and have told him so many times when I didn’t, but I don’t doubt his motives. He truly IS altruistic to a fault.

Welcome to the Occupation

March 2nd, 2013
11:44 am

All these people here falling over themselves to get their knife in the back of their “liberal” or the “conservative” enemy. In reality, the liberal and conservative positions overlap in more ways than is commonly understood.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:44 am

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:38 am

I’m often defined by whatever position I take on whatever issue. When I disagree with someone, my politics have a tendency to be labeled since a more, well thought out response is beyond reach.

The mere fact that your only response is name calling or labeling, speaks volumes once again.

Who are you with your insanely biased and apparently over emotionally charged writings to pass judgement in such a childish fashion. Please realize that name calling is submission….

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 2nd, 2013
11:44 am

So as usual the conned cannot make distinctions between being on a board of directors or having a viewpoint and getting PAID by an undisclosed source to write an article that is not labeled “opinion” or “paid advertisement”. But then the same clownish conned defend Fox daily for its “fair and [un]balanced” news that even Fox claims is skewed to offset their claims of “everyone else is librul”!

RB from Gwinnett

March 2nd, 2013
11:45 am

“It lowers the trust that people have in the media. It is not a good practice – See more at: http://blogs.ajc.com/jay-bookman-blog/2013/03/02/foreign-governments-with-u-s-writers-on-their-payroll/#sthash.HNuMCIlA.dpuf

People still have trust in the media? Why???

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:45 am

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:40 am

The problem is that besides Hannity there is not one true conservative show on Fox. The problem is the other media outlets have gone so far left that a moderate station is now considered far right.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:45 am

I have got your Michelle Malkin. Funniest political video going right now.

No it’s not. It is quite stupid as a matter of fact. But then you aren’t exactly the brightest bulb in the knife drawer so I’m sure you find it amusing.

Bob Loblaw

March 2nd, 2013
11:45 am

@ Moderate Line:

Thanks for sharing that one media outlet (and that term is loose, in the case of many of the listed forums) stood up against paid-for “news” by foreign governments. Serving as a tool for propaganda for a foreign dictator should be insubordination as this is inherently dishonest behavior.

That weak excuse from Huffington is why someone needs to sue a blog for libel. There’s not enough money in blogging to go around so these folks loosen their standards below that of a reasonably responsible journalist. Someone needs to hold them accountable.

No more doubletalk! Or in this case, double-dip talk…

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:46 am

I have got your Michelle Malkin. Funniest political video going right now.

Yeah I posted that back on the 25th when Wonkette was having a lot of fun at her expense:

http://wonkette.com/502893/wonket-cedes-political-humor-crown-to-michelle-malkin-worlds-most-hilarious-pundit

Still my all time favorite Michelle Maglalang vid:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mPkOberRCo

The cheesy 70s retro porno soundtrack is appropriate.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:46 am

Brosephus™ – If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
11:42 am

Now you know I love nothing better than dancing with you, however I need to know in advance what kinda of sleep you got last night I have come to a general conclusion about small kids, the only time they are a problem is when you are tired and they are not…or otherwise are gripping for basic needs..

Redneck Convert (R--and proud of it)

March 2nd, 2013
11:47 am

Well, I could always use a few bucks and I got some writting skills. Anybody got a few thousand they ain’t using that could pay me to write for them? I don’t care what side I’d need to be on. Heck, I’m flexible when it comes to money. Except, don’t ask me to take the side of this Obama. I got my principles, you know. And they’d never catch me. Lots of people around the AJC want to know who I am and they ain’t never found out. Unless Bookman rats me out.

Just drop me a line here on this blog or send a note to me out here at Simpsons Trailer Park, Cumming GA. I’ll be shilling for you lickety-split—that is, unless the check bounces.

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
11:47 am

Malaysia?!

It sounds like these are the kind of people who would have thrived under the dictator coddling, arming, aiding and abetting Reagan administration. And if they were far right wing murderous thugs that they got their dirty money from, all the better…

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:48 am

<i.And here I was feeling guilty about putting a little “romance” fiction together for an e-book to help pay for my kitchen renovation. Dang.

Remember, if you charge 2 bucks ($1.99) you get to keep a higher % of the cash than if you only charge $.99.

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:50 am

Keep Up the Good Fight!

March 2nd, 2013
11:44 am

How much do those people on those BOD’s of Soros foundation receive in “Grants” for research purposes? Sure this does not influence the way they treat a story or better yet how they chose to not cover a story.

Stevie Ray

March 2nd, 2013
11:51 am

td

March 2nd, 2013
11:45 am

I’m not in position to agree or disagree but it seems to me that much definition comes from the guest commentators. Having Donald Trump or some religious zealot appear in any unfilled slot regardless of the show, also defines the context.

Of all on that network, I can’t even hear Sean Hannities, John Gibson’s voices without grimmace. Of course same examples on the left…they can be useful for defining the continuum of an issue…how far left or right can an issue reasonably be argued..

They call me MISTER JamVet.

March 2nd, 2013
11:51 am

The problem is that besides Hannity there is not one true conservative show on Fox. The problem is the other media outlets have gone so far left that a moderate station is now considered far right.

Opinions are not facts. And in this case, this opinion is antithetical to the truth…

http://mediamatters.org/research/sundayshowreport/

DannyX

March 2nd, 2013
11:51 am

What a joke the conservative media is.

From “Fair and Balanced” Fox news to Oxycontin Rush. Add a little James O’Keefe and a dash of of Drudge. Lets not forget to mention unskewed polls.com! Or Karl Rove’s meltdown. Did I mention Fox and Friends?

Of course nothing compares to the Guckert/Gannon Talon News fiasco from a few years ago.

George W Bush used the same tactics as this case, he paid journalists to write good things about him.

No wonder you cons are deflecting so much today, this “conservative media” you love is a joke.

Fred ™

March 2nd, 2013
11:52 am

Stevie: Your incorrect charge of “name calling” because you lack the ability to discern the difference between using words to correctly identify something and name calling isn’t my fault. If One sees a big large piece of smelly fecal matter on the floor and calls it a piece of crap, that is correctly identifing something. If I call YOU a piece of crap that is name calling.

Please educate yourself on the correct uses of words in the English language before you falsely charge me again.

Deliberately using words incorrectly is called lying. Using words incorrectly because you know no better is called ignorance. In this instance one could reasonably conclude that you are either a liar or are ignorant. Neither term however could be even remotely construed, except by the simplest of minds, as name calling.

Just damn.

Brosephus™ - If do right, no can defense

March 2nd, 2013
11:52 am

Also, do you have any idea why those who use screen names that suggest neutrality are overwhelmingly anything BUT? It would be like me using the screen name Mr. Meek and Mild.

DAMMITT!!!!!! That WAS a good mouthful of coffee that I had… :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

Recon 0311 2533

March 2nd, 2013
11:53 am

When you have Bob Beckel, Dennis Kucinich, Greta VanSusteren, moderate probable Democrats like Chris Wallace, Shephard Smith and Geraldo Rivera ( though he claims to be a moderate Republican but typically supports Obama) as paid regulars on Fox News along with many Democrats from Congress plus left leaning journalists you have to wonder about some on here who habitually rail at Fox. Is it keeping with the party line or just personal ignorance.

getalife

March 2nd, 2013
11:53 am

I was dead wrong.

The turtle did not cave yet so the cuts started.

You can shut up about cuts and our economy now cons.

Time to work on the President’s agenda.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

March 2nd, 2013
11:54 am

Jerome

If you’re around — that was a helluva strike by Mr. Potato-head in the 90th minute.