attends a September 2016
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has found that
to at least 253
George Soros has financial ties
to at least 253
media organizations worldwide,
helping him to mold public opinion and insulate himself from
criticism, a new study by a conservative US watchdog group has
The 92-year-old, America's biggest donor to Democratic political
candidates and liberal causes, has built connections with press
outlets and activist media organizations by bankrolling them through
his not-for-profit groups, the Media Research Center (MRC)
reported on Tuesday.
The recipients of Soros'
money reach readers, viewers and listeners in virtually every corner
of the world and in many languages.
"Soros once told the
New York Times that he was working to bend the arc of history in
the right direction," the MRC said.
"He means it."
Tuesday's report was the
first in a three-part series that will reveal the extent of the
media influence that Soros wields.
The second and third
installments will lay out how much money the Budapest-born activist
has funneled into media organizations and will identify the
establishment outlets that have ties to the "propaganda czar," the
watchdog group said.
Buying connections with
media organizations has helped the Hungarian-born billionaire
advance his "open society" agenda by promoting,
...the MRC claimed.
"His global media
clout is massive... These groups wield massive power over
information in international politics."
Among the groups is NPR,
which also receives US taxpayer funding.
The outlet received
$600,000 from Soros foundations in 2016, the MRC said.
Project Syndicate, whose
opinion-commentaries were republished more than 20,000 times in 156
countries and 66 languages in 2021 alone.
Soros groups also gave at least $492,000 to finance the Poynter
Institute's International Fact-Checking Network.
"The network works
with 100 so-called fact-checking organizations worldwide,
distinguishing itself as a de facto Ministry of Truth," the MRC
The fact-checkers work
Facebook and other social media
platforms to restrict speech on such issues as
"Many of the outlets
Soros helps bankroll are relied on by Big Tech and other
journalists as sources of information, while others simply echo
left-wing talking points," the research center noted.
not-for-profit Open Society Foundation gave at least $1.25
million to the Marshall Project, an anti-police group that
lists such outlets as,
the New York
partners" in its annual report.