Brainwashing Public: Bill Gates Caught Funnelling $319 Million to Media
Philanthropist billionaire Bill Gates has secretly funneled $319 million to select mainstream media outlets around the world as part of an effort to “brainwash the public,” a bombshell new report has revealed!
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What kind of a philanthropist is he anyway?
A wolf in a lamb’s skin, to be more exact!
But the truth is about to be revealed!
“The Gates Foundation money going toward media programs has been split up into a number of sections, presented in descending numerical order, and includes a link to the relevant grant on the organization’s website,” Macleod wrote in his report on the matter.
Here are the “awards” that went directly to Media Outlets:
The Guardian (including TheGuardian.org)- $12,951,391
Cascade Public Media – $10,895,016
Public Radio International (PRI.org/TheWorld.org)- $7,719,113
The Conversation– $6,664,271
Der Spiegel (Germany)- $5,437,294
Project Syndicate– $5,280,186
Education Week – $4,898,240
NBCUniversal Media– $4,373,500
Nation Media Group (Kenya) – $4,073,194
Le Monde (France)– $4,014,512
Bhekisisa (South Africa) – $3,990,182
El País – $3,968,184
Population Communications International (population.org) – $3,500,000
The Daily Telegraph – $3,446,801
Chalkbeat – $2,672,491
The Education Post– $2,639,193
Rockhopper Productions (U.K.) – $2,480,392
Corporation for Public Broadcasting – $2,430,949
UpWorthy – $2,339,023
Financial Times – $2,309,845
The 74 Media– $2,275,344
Texas Tribune– $2,317,163
Punch (Nigeria) – $2,175,675
News Deeply – $1,612,122
The Atlantic– $1,403,453
Minnesota Public Radio– $1,290,898
YR Media– $1,125,000
The New Humanitarian– $1,046,457
Sheger FM (Ethiopia) – $1,004,600
Crosscut Public Media – $810,000
Grist Magazine– $750,000
Kurzgesagt – $570,000
Educational Broadcasting Corp – $506,504
Classical 98.1 – $500,000
PBS – $499,997
Gannett – $499,651
Mail and Guardian (South Africa)– $492,974
Inside Higher Ed.– $439,910
BusinessDay (Nigeria) – $416,900
Medium.com – $412,000
Independent Television Broadcasting Inc. – $300,000
Independent Television Service, Inc. – $300,000
Caixin Media (China) – $250,000
Pacific News Service – $225,000
National Journal – $220,638
Chronicle of Higher Education – $149,994
Belle and Wissell, Co. $100,000
Media Trust – $100,000
New York Public Radio – $77,290
KUOW – Puget Sound Public Radio – $5,310
“Together, these donations total $166,216,526. The money is generally directed towards issues close to the Gatese’s hearts. For example, the $3.6 million CNN grant went towards “report[ing] on gender equality with a particular focus on least developed countries, producing journalism on the everyday inequalities endured by women and girls across the world,” while the Texas Tribune received millions to “to increase public awareness and engagement of education reform issues in Texas.” Given that Bill is one of the charter schools’ most fervent supporters, a cynic might interpret this as planting pro-corporate charter school propaganda into the media, disguised as objective news reporting.
The Gates Foundation has also given nearly $63 million to charities closely aligned with big media outlets, including nearly $53 million to BBC Media Action, over $9 million to MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, and $1 million to The New York Times Neediest Causes Fund. While not specifically funding journalism, donations to the philanthropic arm of a media player should still be noted.
Gates continues to underwrite a wide network of investigative journalism centers as well, totaling just over $38 million, more than half of which has gone to the D.C.-based International Center for Journalists to expand and develop African media.”
“In addition to this, the Gates Foundation also plies press and journalism associations with cash, to the tune of at least $12 million. For example, the National Newspaper Publishers Association — a group representing more than 200 outlets — has received $3.2 million.
The foundation also puts up the money to directly train journalists all over the world, in the form of scholarships, courses, and workshops. Today, it is possible for an individual to train as a reporter thanks to a Gates Foundation grant, find work at a Gates-funded outlet, and belong to a press association funded by Gates. This is especially true of journalists working in the fields of health, education, and global development, the one’s Gates himself are most active in and where scrutiny of the billionaire’s actions and motives are most necessary.
The BMGF also pays for a wide range of specific media campaigns around the world. For example, since 2014 it has donated $5.7 million to the Population Foundation of India in order to create dramas that promote sexual and reproductive health, with the intent to increase family planning methods in South Asia. Meanwhile, it allocated over $3.5 million to a Senegalese organization to develop radio shows and online content that would feature health information. Supporters consider this to be helping critically underfunded media, while opponents might consider it a case of a billionaire using his money to plant his ideas and opinions into the press.
$319.4 million and (a lot) more
Money is what runs the world of capitalism. And we ain’t one bit able to prevent anything from happening, unfortunately…
The least we can do is to stay informed!