CMD Slams Kochs, Forgets Soros

Center for Media and Democracy Slams Koch Education Funding, Ignores Soros

By Aly Nielsen

Funding universities is part of a “Nazi authoritarian tactic,” at least when conservatives do it, according to The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

CMD recently attacked Charles Koch for giving “almost $142 million to nearly 400 U.S. colleges and universities from 2005 to 2015” in a February 2, 2017 article. The author also accused a Koch associate of recommending a “Nazi authoritarian tactic of creating a youth movement” at an event in 1976.

The same report, however, failed to mention that one of its own donors —  left wing billionaire George Soros — gave more than $407 million to higher education around the world since 2000.

Just between 2000 and 2014, Soros gave more than $146 million to universities (2015 tax information is not yet available).

CMD contributor Alex Kotch wrote, “from the indoctrination of young minds, Koch foundations harness what they call a ‘talent pipeline,’ funneling students into the Koch ‘social change’ infrastructure” — a practice he consider abhorrent.

Kotch failed to complain or even mention the way Soros, a major donor of left-wing organizations and media, has been funding journalism schools. Those school turn out students go on to promote his liberal agendas in U.S. media. He also ignored the more than $103 million that Soros has donated straight to media outlets.

Soros has given at least $200,000 to CMD, but many other liberal foundations also donated to the non-profit. Between 2003 and 2015, CMD got money from the following foundations: The Marisla Foundation (at least $1,225,000), the Park Foundation (at least $556,000), Tides Foundation (at least $154,836), Ford Foundation ($75,000), Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors  ($25,000) and the Rockefeller Family Fund ($20,000).

The hypocrisy of attacking the Koch brothers for funding education while giving Soros a free pass is not new. ThinkProgress (a blog run by the Soros-funded Center for American Progress) also attacked the Koch brothers in a 2011 report headlined “Koch Fueling Far Right Academic Centers At Universities Across the Country.”

Also in 2011, Alternet accused Charles Koch of buying professors “to Spread Free Market Propaganda.” The Independent Media Institute, which runs Alternet, has received $495,000 from Soros.