To put it lightly, the Associated Press is terrible. Once touted as a reliable wire service that just focused on hard news, the news outlet has become nothing more than another left-wing mouthpiece.
One recent example, which RedState reported on Tuesday morning, involved a hit piece on Ron DeSantis in which the AP suggested that the governor’s “rhetoric” was somehow responsible for a crazy person shooting and killing three black people. Expectedly, no actual “rhetoric” was cited in the article to prove that contention.
That’s the kind of hard-hitting coverage you can expect from the AP these days, and a new report is shedding some light on why that is. According to the Free Beacon, the left-wing outlet’s top donors support some very interesting causes.
The SAME foundations that fund ProPublica’s Supreme Court justice smear campaign are the SAME foundations that fund the Associated Press.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) August 29, 2023
The Associated Press, the country’s top wire service, is now bankrolled in part by millions of dollars from left-wing foundations, including one founded by “1619 Project” author Nikole Hannah-Jones.
The news organization last year announced a series of “partnerships” to subsidize reporters covering climate change, race, and democracy. A review of the donor roster shows that the vast majority fund left-wing political causes, while none are supporters of conservative initiatives.
One donor, who gives to the AP’s “democracy journalism initiative” (an Orwellian name if there ever was one) is heavily bankrolled by the Johnathan Logan Family Foundation. That same organization has propped up Stacey Abrams’ “New Georgia Project” and backed “Take Back the Court,” a far-left entity that seeks to remove conservative justices by pushing false propaganda.
The Associated Press is also taking nonprofit money to fund coverage of race and climate. The organization’s “democracy journalism initiative,” a division whose reporters cover “the intersection of race and voting,” is bankrolled by nonprofits such as the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation. That organization also funds Stacey Abrams’s New Georgia Project and the left-wing activist group Take Back the Court, which advocates for expanding the Supreme Court.
To be sure, there’s every reason to believe these infusions of cash are influencing what the AP writes. As the Free Beacon notes, multiple articles have been written pushing left-wing narratives about the Supreme Court, including the idea that the Supreme Court is disenfranchising black voters.
A recent AP article on the topic asserts that the Supreme Court in a 2013 landmark decision “tossed out the heart” of the Voting Rights Act, when in reality the Court ruled that nine southern states would no longer have to “pre-clear” election law changes with the federal government. The AP lamented in another story that “far-right conservatives” in Tennessee were elected to city council seats. A February news report said that “GOP election tactics” intentionally disenfranchised black voters in Wisconsin.
Another donor to the AP is the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. That same foundation gave $3,000,000 to ProPublica, which has been waging an ongoing war against the conservative justices on the Supreme Court, including pushing stories about justices like Neil Gorsuch and Clarence Thomas that range from misleading to outright false.
These are the people funding the AP, and that makes the news organization completely untrustworthy as a source. Remember that the next time you see some hit piece that makes no sense. There’s an army of left-wing donors likely behind it.
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