OMG! NBC Is Committing Journalism!


The Worldnutdaily has their usual bit of empty mudslinging at what should be a very welcome development, the fact that NBC is now going to work with ProPublica to produce news content for their networks. And the criticism is based on no substance all, only the fact that ProPublica gets funding from — gasp! — liberals.

NBC-owned television stations in cities across the nation just teamed up with a nonprofit “journalism” group funded by a billionaire husband-and-wife team who not only spent millions campaigning for President Obama but also topped donor lists to groups such as ACORN and MoveOn.org.

The nonprofit, ProPublica, will contribute to the news operations of all NBC-owned-and-operated stations, including those in such cities as Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia, the network announced Monday.

The NBC affiliates will get early access to investigative reports from ProPublica, which describes itself as an “independent, non-profit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest.”

This should be cheered. ProPublica is a phenomenal news organization that does really, really good work. They’ve won the Pulitzer Prize the last two years and the awards were well-deserved. The first one was for the story they broke about patients being euthanized at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. None of this is even mentioned by the Worldnutdaily, nor do they attempt to dispute the accuracy of even a single article ProPublica has ever done. For them, it is enough that they apply the label “liberal” to the group.

ProPublica was founded with a $10 million yearly grant from Herbert and Marion Sandler, the former chief executives of the Golden West Financial Corporation, which was one of the nation’s largest mortgage lenders and savings and loans.

Just before the financial crisis, the Sandlers in 2008 sold their business to the Wachovia Corporation for about $26 billion, a deal which valued their personal shares at about $2.4 billion.

The Sandlers are major donors to the Democratic Party and are top funders of ACORN, MoveOn.org, the American Civil Liberties Union, Human Rights Watch and other far-left groups.

Well gosh, then, it shouldn’t be difficult to show all the inaccurate reporting they’ve done over the last few years, right? Right? Nope, not a peep about it. Substance doesn’t matter, only labels do. Meanwhile, have you ever seen WND criticize Fox News because Rupert Murdoch has given millions to the Republican party and to conservative causes? Of course not.

I suspect the real problem they have with ProPublica is that they do actual journalism, as opposed to the godawful propaganda that the Worldnutdaily pumps out on a daily basis.

Comments

  1. says

    I might actually have to check out NBC, now. I’ve done some griping about the mainstream media failing to cover the sort of things I’m interested in, leading me to ignore the networks.

    But my license to make that complaint has probably been expired for a while. I need to renew it by sticking my head back in to see if they’ve learned anything.

  2. Phillip IV says

    What always gets me about these WND articles is how they don’t even make the slightest attempt at either obscuring or legitimizing their double standards. They have absolutely zero concern that their readers could ever wise up, even if the truth is shouting in their faces.

    I take it they know their readership pretty well.

  3. d cwilson says

    The last thing Worldnutdaily, a site that is still flogging the dead horse of birtherism, wants is accurate reporting. In their world, all sources of information fall into one of two categories: Those that reinforce the conservative worldview and those that are part of the librum MSN conspiracy to destroy freedom. Since Pro Publica doesn’t fall into the former category, they must belong to the latter.

    Whether or not their reporting is accurate is irrelevant to WND. I doubt anyone associated with WND has even bothered to examine Pro Publica’s reporting. All that matters is that they are part of the “other” that must be labeled and negated.

  4. parasiteboy says

    I fear that most of what ProPublica will produce for NBC will be relegated to NBC’s website and still miss the TV masses, since interesting and informative news usually does not equal news that sells advertising.

  5. Doug Little says

    They’ve won the Pulitzer Prize the last two years and the awards were well-deserved. The first one was for the story they broke about patients being euthanized at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina. None of this is even mentioned by the Worldnutdaily, nor do they attempt to dispute the accuracy of even a single article ProPublica has ever done.

    Journalism envy? Of course WND doesn’t have a chance in hell of ever vying for the Pulitzer, not even in the wildest wet dreams of Joseph Farah.

  6. says

    “Of course WND doesn’t have a chance in hell of ever vying for the Pulitzer, not even in the wildest wet dreams of Joseph Farah.”

    Well, they should have. Every knows that the New York Times wasn’t born in this country and there for should not qualify for the pulitzer. And it doesn’t matter anyways. WND won the Li’ Putzer award which is a hundred million times better.

  7. dan4 says

    This kind of double standard with rightist media critics is nothing new. I remember about a decade ago when Brent “Bozo” Bozell and his Media Research Center organization squealing like stuck pigs when liberal George Stephanopolos took over as anchor for This Week on ABC because of his partisan/ideological background. Bozo and all his MRC compadres didn’t utter a sound, of course, when a conservative (the late Tony Snow) took over the equivalent position on Fox’s Special Report despite HIS partisan/ideological background.

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