The piece added a contrary opinion from Michael Socolow, a media historian and journalism professor at the University of Maine. “I think the person who writes the checks is ultimately less important than the quality of the news provided,” Socolow said. “Look at the Wall Street Journal: It’s owned by Rupert Murdoch yet its journalists were awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 2019 for revealing Donald Trump’s hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels during the 2016 campaign,” he said. Wyss has a background in news tailed to the liberal persuasion, according to the Daily Caller. He supports States Newsroom, a network of news outlets initially begun by the liberal Hopewell Fund, it reported. Soros also dabbles in media ownership, according to a Media Research Center report. “Since 2003, Soros has spent more than $52 million funding media properties, including the infrastructure of news — journalism schools, investigative journalism and even industry organizations,” it said. The report noted that all this gives Soros-backed outlets some collective clout. “Every month, reporters, writers and bloggers at the many outlets Soros funds — from big players like NPR to the little-known Project Syndicate and Public News Service, both of which claim to reach millions of readers — easily reach more than 332 million people around the globe. The population of the entire United States is less than 310 million,” the report said. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
REPORT: Swiss Billionaire Hansjörg Wyss and liberal mega-donor George Soros reportedly played a central role in bankrolling the National Trust for Local News’s campaign to buy up local news outlets in Maine:https://t.co/I1aeTuMXRF— Americans for Public Trust (@apublictrust) September 19, 2023