Conspiracy to Commit Journalism: The Media’s Attacks on the Scaife Foundations


The public would benefit from greater media exploration of the connection between charitable foundations and the worlds of politics and journalism. But until now, the media’s inattention has suggested that foundation giving to public-policy groups doesn’t deserve much media coverage. The financial support given to politicians and think tanks by for-profit corporations is an recurrent media concern, but journalists’ worries over the influence of money over politics have rarely spilled over into the millions spent on political affairs by nonprofit institutions. Perhaps reporters and editors have felt that an organization’s or person’s ideas should be judged on their merits, not based on who financially supports them. But if that’s the case for liberals, it ought to be the case for conservatives, too.