"The over $32 billion that leftist billionaire George Soros poured into his organizations to spread his radical 'open society' agenda on abortion, Marxist economics, anti-Americanism, defunding the police, environmental extremism and LGBT fanaticism around the globe has paid dividends," wrote MRC Business analysts Joseph Vazquez and Daniel Schneider.
"In fact, his funding has helped him establish ties with some of the biggest name media personalities in the United States and abroad which help indoctrinate millions with his views on a day-to-day basis. MRC Business found at least 54 prominent media figures… who are tied to Soros through their connections to organizations that he funds," the authors continue. "These include personalities like 'NBC Nightly News' anchor Lester Holt and The Washington Post executive editor Sally Buzbee."
The new study is the third and final report from MRC Business relating to George Soros' media influence. It was previously revealed that the "Godfather of the Left" handed out $131 million between 2016 and 2020 to influence 253 media groups.
"This network of media ties allows Soros to hold sizable influence over the stories that the media covers, how they cover those stories, and what stories they don’t cover," Vazquez and Schneider added.
Bloomberg News co-founder Matthew Winkler and CNN's Christiane Amanpour are among the influential figures linked to Soros' cash.
"The others encompass reporters, anchors, columnists, editors, news executives and journalists linked to organizations like ABC, CBS, NPR, Bloomberg News, Reuters, The New York Times and a host of additional outlets," Vazquez and Schneider said.
In the case of Amanpour, Soros donated $2,750,000 to the Committee to Protect Journalists between 2018 and 2020, a committee of which Amanpour is listed as a senior advisor.
Buzbee and Holt are listed as board members of the committee, as well as employees of the New York Times Company, Reuters, The New Yorker, the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, and Bloomberg News.
MRC Business also revealed that NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde, the group that oversees NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC, is a trustee at the Aspen Institute, which received $1,165,000 from Soros between 2016 and 2020.
CBS’s 60 minutes legal analyst Andrew Cohen is an editor-at-large with The Marshall Project, which received at least $1,250,000 between 2016 and 2020.
ABC Senior Vice President for Editorial Quality Kerry Smith is on ProPublica’s Journalism Advisory Board, with the company receiving at least $1,450,008 from Soros between 2016 and 2020. Additionally, the study found Soros directly funds NPR, and has additionally given donations to the Poynter Institute.
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