As if the national press were not liberal enough or sufficiently committed to the national left-wing agenda, Big Philanthropy is throwing hundreds of millions of dollars to make local journalism also align with the left-wing agenda…er, be “revitalized.” The Press Forward initiative, announced by the left-wing MacArthur Foundation, may claim to be “independent of ideology,” but the funders list suggests that the goal is to make local news look more like the New York Times, if not The New Republic. Joining me to discuss these developments are my colleague Parker Thayer and Capital Research Center president Scott Walter.
Listen to “Episode 293: Half a Billion for Liberal Journalism (w/Scott Walter)” on Spreaker.
- MacArthur Foundation: Press Forward Will Award More Than $500 Million to Revitalize Local News
- The Atlantic: A Billion-Dollar Bet on Local News
- Capital Research Center: Big Martin vs. Big Philanthropy
- InfluenceWatch: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation