UT partners with Soros and NPR

Important article from one of Voices Empower’s favorite site. Agenda Wise Reports

The University of Texas, through its NPR outlet KUT, is recruiting reporters to run a new project. These positions run through UT and KUT and are being funded by liberal mega donor George Soros.

This Soros endeavor, laundered by NPR and institutions of higher education, will consist of 2 reporters in each state covering a single policy area with the stated goal of influencing public opinion and voter behavior. The timing of this project’s launch (March of 2011) and 2 year operation window smack of another political endeavor run through a mix of public private financing not unlike ACORN.

Texas’ branch of State Impact will cover energy and environmental policy and if it follows in the steps of already established Pennsylvania it will deal with fracking policy.

Nationally, the StateImpact project is being lead by two transplanted Texas journalists Elise Hu and Matt Stiles, both formerly employed by the Texas Tribune. The Tribune is a beneficiary of George Soros, having received $150,000 from his Open Society foundation.

While Soros and Open Society are on record providing seed money for StateImpact, NPR is actively soliciting additional funding in order to grow the scope of its operation. It was during an early 2011 donation solicitation that NPR executives derided American conservatives leading to the resignation of NPR’s then CEO Vivian Schiller.

These actions also called into question continued government funding of NPR, especially during a severe economic downturn. This healthy skepticism will likely continue to be an issue as Soros finds ways to piggyback off taxpayers to advance his agenda. According to the job description posted by the University of Texas, if the StateImpact project lasts the allotted span of two years and employees maintain over 20 hrs per week, these positions will qualify for retirement benefits run by the Texas Retirement System.

This venture and the uprising of other non-profit media outlets while traditional media continues to decline is often identified as a sign that news creation needs shifting. What conservative onlookers should notice is that these liberal news outlets are failing much slower than they should, because too often our money is used to prop them up.

Update 07/08/2011 Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith emailed AgendaWise to tell us George Soros gave his organization $150,000, not the $250,000 originally posted.

Daniel Greer

Daniel Greer is Executive Director of AgendaWise. Previously, Daniel worked for Empower Texans, a non-profit direct advocacy group focused on fiscal policy in Texas. He holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, Daniel is a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church, played baseball at St. Edwards University, and lives in Austin with his wife Karen and their two dogs. You can reach him at dgreer@agendawise.com.
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About Alice Linahan

Alice Linahan is a Conservative, politically-active Texas Mom who has worked hard in the trenches of the Tea Party movement. As an active Real Estate blogger turned online newspaper owner, Alice launched Resolute Media Group along with two partners. It quickly grew into playing an integral part in holding politicians and the progressive/liberal media accountable by getting real stories out to Americans across the country using social media integration and Resolute Media’s “North Texas Navigator”. Now Alice has launched Voices to Action Consulting. Alice is working hard to train boots on the ground activists using social media techniques to get accurate information out to the passive majority of Americans. In addition she is working on projects at both the state and national level to save our Country from attacks from within our own borders. In addition I am currently on the Advisory Board for a new series of e-books by Harper-Collins entitled "Voices of the Tea Party". I have been published in such publications as Focus on the Family's Citizen Magazine and am board member of Women on the Wall, an organization working on building a safe and prosperous Texas for our children and grandchildren to thrive.
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