Special Report: Columbia University

Soros Funds Next Generation of Liberal Journalism

Columbia University President Lee Bollinger is the liberal head of a liberal school. Attending the Soros-funded National Conference for Media Reform in Boston in 2011, Bollinger advocated for increased government funding of media. He argued the same point in a 2010 Wall Street Journal piece entitled “Journalism Needs Government Help,” and in his latest book “Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century.”

Bollinger argued that more problems arise from corporate funding than public funding of journalism. “Trusting the market alone to provide all the news coverage we need would mean venturing into the unknown – a risky proposition with a vital public institution hanging in the balance.”

“Indeed, the most problematic funding issues in academic research come from alliances with the corporate sector.”

Bollinger defended the university’s invitation to Ahmadinejad, although he denounced the Iranian president’s views when he introduced him as a speaker. Bollinger also invited alumni to celebrate President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, a celebration that made the entire semester “completely Obama,” according to a Fox News report from Jan. 18, 2009, entitled “Obama’s alma mater celebrates his inauguration.”

Bollinger also hires people with similar viewpoints. New America Foundation President and former managing editor of the Washington Post Steve Coll will take over as dean of Columbia University School of Journalism in July 2013.

Both Bollinger and Coll are Pulitzer Prize board members. These prizes have a tendency for being awarded for left-leaning journalism, with recent prizes going to outlets like the Huffington Post, ProPublica, Politico and InsideClimate News. They even awarded a Pulitzer Prize to Mark Fiore, a cartoonist who makes short clips bashing conservatives and their policies.

The New America Foundation has received more than $4.2 million in Soros funding since 2001. The foundation is a progressive non-profit public policy institute. Among the many examples of the foundation’s liberal worldview, New America Policy Writer Steven Hill in an article for The Atlantic, advocated doubling Social Security, claiming that the problem with the program was a shortage of benefits.

Coll is also the author of “Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power,” an “investigation” into ExxonMobil “outsized influence” in politics, and its “extraordinary corporate culture of discipline and secrecy” (according to the Amazon book description).