Clear and convincing evidence indicates that billionaire money manipulator and anti-conservative activist George Soros provided financing for research on a CNN documentary...Remove the "research on" and you'd really have something. However:
The program, "Reasonable Doubt: Can Crime Labs be Trusted?," which CNN aired several times last January as a "CNN Presents" documentary, was prepared in cooperation with the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) and hosted by Aaron Brown.The article goes on and loses its focus a bit by encompassing several other issues, like the recent Million-Word March for Media Reform (alternet.org/mediaculture/22049). Attendees at the latter included Air America's Al Franken. The article also discusses attempts to use the FCC's Fairness Doctrine to "balance" out the media. The article does lose focus, but that's only because all of these groups appear to be interconnected. Next time, they should provide a handy graphic containing hundreds of lines showing the various connections and money flows.
In its own account of its role in the show, CIR acknowledged that "Funding for this investigation was provided in part by a 2003 Soros Justice Media Fellowship awarded to Robin Mejia by the Open Society Institute, and by a grant to CIR from the Ford Foundation and CIR's Investigative Venture Fund."
The Soros Open Society Institute (OSI) reported that the CNN program was "based on the reporting" of "Soros Justice Media Fellow Robin Mejia." The OSI said that the CNN show was the "culmination of more than a year of investigation by Ken Shiffman (CNN) and 2003 Soros Justice Media Fellow Robin Mejia."
But the program itself did not disclose to viewers any role played by Soros or his institute. It also did not reveal that the program promoted his political agenda...
Politics · Sun, 05/22/2005 - 10:05 · Importance: 1