[Ed. – I am officially shocked, shocked.]
Two schools were working with FCC on the project, according to Byron York of The Washington Examiner. The University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy, were tasked by the FCC with coming up with criteria for what information is “critical” for Americans to have. The FCC study would have covered newspapers, websites, radio and television, according to The Washington Post.
On top of the 1st Amendment problems with this proposal, the schools involved have strong ties to liberal billionaire George Soros’ Open Society Foundations and have gotten more than $1.8 million from since 2000.
The journalism programs at these schools have even more ties to Soros besides their funding, including faculty members writing for university-based publications allied with Soros-funded outlets.
The schools have collaborated on this project going back at least to 2012. Lewis A. Friedland, who was a “principle investigator” for the FCC on this project, also directs the Center for Communication and Democracy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He gave a presentation at Annenberg in Feb. 2012, on “communication ecology.” This was just four months before the schools presented their findings to the FCC. …
The University of Wisconsin-Madison got a whopping $1,672,397 from Soros between 2000 and 2012. The university also offers OSI-sponsored grants, scholarships and fellowships. Friedland also heads Madison Commons, a liberal journalism group “powered by” the university’s School of Journalism. Madison Commons, in turn, is a project of the university but supported in part by American University’s J-Lab. AU, including its Cairo campus, has received $588,395 from OSF since 2008.
Madison’s partner in the project, the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, got $120,000 from Soros’ Open Society Foundations in 2012. This is in addition to $75,000 given to the school as a whole in 2005, adding up to $195,000. The school has also partnered with Soros’ Open Society Institute on at least two occasions: once when the Open Society Institute funded a week-long conference
on “ethnic media” put on by the school, and once when it coordinated a journalism project
in South Africa with the help of a grant from the South African branch of the Open Society Foundations, for which we do not have access to tax returns.
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