Raising Conflict Questions Some of the Time

The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz (6/21/10) write aboutthe investigative journalism produced by the Center for Public Integrity, and wonders about its independence:

The center has also received grants–including $300,000 last year–from the Open Society Institute founded by liberal philanthropist George Soros, sparking questions about whether its news agenda leans to the left. “We have a very clear firewall editorially,” Buzenberg says. “We decide what we want to do and how we want to do it.” Donors, he says, “may hate it and they may never fund us again, that’s their right. . . . It isn’t free to produce. We’ve got to get money.”

OK, I guess that’s a concern on some level.

Butif I were to ask Kurtz if the Washington Post‘s reliance on major corporate advertisers to continue publishing is “sparking” any questions about the paper’s”news agenda,” I think he’dwonder if I was a space alien.

About Peter Hart

Activism Director and and Co-producer of CounterSpinPeter Hart is the activism director at FAIR. He writes for FAIR's magazine Extra! and is also a co-host and producer of FAIR's syndicated radio show CounterSpin. He is the author of The Oh Really? Factor: Unspinning Fox News Channel's Bill O'Reilly (Seven Stories Press, 2003). Hart has been interviewed by a number of media outlets, including NBC Nightly News, Fox News Channel's O'Reilly Factor, the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the Associated Press. He has also appeared on Showtime and in the movie Outfoxed. Follow Peter on Twitter at @peterfhart.