ProPublica Increases Trump Coverage

ProPublica Spending ‘Trump-bump’ on Staff for Anti-Trump Reporting

Julia A. Seymour

Journalism website found “encouraging” news to report about the George Soros-funded ProPublica.

The left-wing investigative journalism operation was “flush with cash from public-spirited contributors looking to finance hard-hitting journalism,” Poynter’s Benjamin Mullin wrote on Feb. 9. “They’re staffing up to bring the newsroom’s resources to bear on the Trump White House.

With new beats like “Trump’s business conflicts,” “workers rights” and “White supremacy,” it’s clear ProPublica’s beefed up newsroom will be more like a war room bent on hitting Trump from the left.

While the campaign was still going on ProPublica put together a list of “The Most Terrific Reporting on Trump.” It was a litany of attacks on then-candidate Donald Trump, including stories like “He’ll Take the Low Road: Trump’s Tortured History With Scotland,” “Ex-Wife: Donald Trump Made Me Feel ‘Violated’ During Sex,” and “Short-Fingered Vulgarian.”

ProPublica’s recent donation boost came, at least in part, because of liberal comedian John Oliver. Oliver endorsed the group in an anti-Trump segment aired on his show Last Week Tonight!, according to Poynter.

But the journalism non-profit is no stranger to liberal money. Marisla Foundation donated more than 1 million between 2012 and 2014. The Sandler Foundation and Soros-funded Open Society Foundations have given to ProPublica too.