If you’ve had the feeling that our big-box media have become more Soviet-like in their globalist establishment bias in recent months, your fears are well justified. Several major outlets have brazenly quoted a George Soros-funded “research” group to give a veneer of “expert” credence to articles calling Americans racist against Asians over the Coronavirus and to spin loaded narratives of “right wingers” poised to violently assault “liberal political opponents” and police. The BBC in England even found the nerve to quote the agitprop organization in an article decrying criticism of Soros.
‘Independent’ Except for the Funding
“A new study backs up what has already been documented anecdotally in the last few months: The coronavirus pandemic has coincided with a surge in Sinophobic, or anti-Chinese, sentiments – especially online,” reads the lead sentence to an April 10 article posted on CNN.com.
The study, which you can read here, is on its face useless as reliable hard data. It culls one particular “subcultural online forum,” 4chan, that researchers acknowledge frequently features edgy and racist postings. It observes that at a time when a virus originating out of China is global news, Chinese slurs increase on this forum noted for engaging in ethnic slurs. Shocking. Labeling this forum “one of the most influential and extremist Web communities,” it then concludes that this disturbing trend is “highly likely to be reflected on other extreme Web communities.”
From there, media outlets that also reported on the “research” go on to trumpet a wave of anti-Asian sentiment sweeping America being verified by the “new study.” This despite the fact that the vast majority of Americans have likely never even heard of a forum called 4chan.
The group producing this thoroughly bogus bunk is called the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI). CNN obligingly referred to the group as an “an independent third party,” mirroring the exact language NCRI uses on its website. Yet the organization is, of course, no such thing. The group is prominently “affiliated” with four major organizations: the United Nations, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the Charles Koch Foundation, and progressive globalist billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Foundations.
This bizarre alliance highlights the continued move by the free-market Koch industries toward working with leftist groups in hopes of boosting their endless pursuit of cheap labor via increased immigration. The ADL, meanwhile, has transformed itself into a partisan, leftist, activist shop in recent years. As nationally syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin noted in 2019, “the ‘progressive’ group is now a brazenly partisan character assassination outfit headed by Jonathan Greenblatt, a Clinton/Obama operative and former George Soros-funded operative, whose contempt for President Donald Trump trumps all.”
Establishment Media Plays Their Part
A truly neutral media would never consider an outfit funded by such powerful groups with distinct and loaded agendas to be an impartial news source. So it goes without saying that today’s big-box media Goliaths gladly do. NBC News quoted the Soros-funded NCRI in February to buttress its article warning about the dire threat posed by right-wing extremists seeking to unleash “a second Civil War” targeting liberal political opponents and law enforcement officials.
The NBC article reads more like a press release for the Network Contagion Research Institute than any attempt at practicing serious journalism. It quotes former New Jersey attorney general John Farmer, who now runs a progressive “community protection and resilience” group at Rutgers University, as saying NCRI’s report on the subject “represents a breakthrough case study in the capacity to identify cyber swarms and viral insurgencies in nearly real time as they are developing in plain sight.”
In an even more appalling display of public relations posing as journalism, England’s BBC network in September 2019 used the head of this Soros-backed organization to serve as an expert decrying “right wing” attacks on George Soros. “[NCRI Director Joel] Finkelstein, who has received Open Society funding to investigate what he believes is a growing threat,” is the thin disclaimer the BBC tacked onto his inflammatory statements labeling condemnation of Soros as anti-Semitic in nature.
If you think all this is just another example of media bias in action and little more, consider this. A Homeland Security official is using this tripe to call for more “vigilance” against American citizens. Paul Goldenberg, a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council, said the NCRI report on right-wing extremism cited by NBC News is “a wake-up call.”
“When you have people talking about and planning sedition and violence against minorities, police and public officials, we need to take their words seriously,” Goldenberg told the network in February. Fast-forward two months and Goldenberg is listed as a “Contributing Editor” to NCRI’s study on the surge of Anti-Asian vitriol in America.
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