Hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have be paid to a liberal journalism group, and the agencies responsible don’t seem to want to talk about it. But some in Congress aren’t afraid of the issue. Rep Lamar Smith, R-Texas, addressed the issue on the floor of the House of Representatives on Jan. 13, asking his fellow members of Congress why taxpayers were “subsidizing a liberal news outlet.”
is a liberal journalism nonprofit that has gotten more than $364 million from
the U.S. government in the past 10 years, as well as $1.7 million from liberal
billionaire George Soros. It has also
founded three liberal journalism outfits: Link TV, the Earth Journalism Network
“Mr. Speaker, since 2002, over $362 million dollars in government grants have gone to fund a liberal news organization by the name of Internews,” Rep. Smith said.
“The Business and Media Institute describes Internews as a liberal journalism nonprofit and states that not only does it push a liberal agenda but it also has helped create at least three other liberal organizations.
“Why are taxpayers’ dollars subsidizing a liberal news outlet? This is a misuse of the public’s money. People need unbiased information so that they can form their own opinions and make educated decisions.
“One of the greatest challenges a democratic
Rep. Smith earlier told the Business and Media Institute that such funding was “inexcusable and irresponsible.”
The amount of government funding going to Internews is staggering .
In 2011 alone, it received $52,350,784 in government grants, according to its
990 tax forms. This makes up 92.4 percent of the $56,644,153 in total reported
revenue for that year. And 2011 wasn’t unusual. According to the
— Mike Ciandella is MRC Business Senior Analyst at the Media Research Center. Follow Mike Ciandella on Twitter.