More than a dozen media organizations, including CBS, NBC, PBS, Reuters, Turner Broadcasting, Washington Post, and the supposedly conservative Fox, Richard Mellon Scaife, and NewsMax — the very news media who cover Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign — are big donors to her Clinton Foundation that is accused of trading State Department favors to foreign governments in return for their lucrative “donations.”
How is this not a conflict of interest?
Dylan Byers writes for Politico, May 15, 2015, that more than a dozen media organizations have made charitable contributions to the non-profit tax-exempt Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation’s records show.
The donations, which range from the low-thousands to the millions, provide a picture of the media industry’s ties to the Clinton Foundation at a time when one of its most notable personalities, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, is under scrutiny for his previously undisclosed $75,000 contribution to the Foundation.
The following list, organized by the size of the “contribution,” includes news media organizations, companies, and individuals that have donated to the Clinton Foundation.
- Carlos Slim, Chairman & CEO of Telmex, largest New York Times shareholder.
- James Murdoch, Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox, the holdings of which include the Fox Entertainment Group—owners of the 20th Century Fox film studio and Fox television network.
- Newsmax Media, Florida-based conservative media network.
- Thomson Reuters, owner of the Reuters news service.
- News Corporation Foundation, philanthropic arm of former Fox News parent company.
- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Publisher.
- Richard Mellon Scaife, the supposedly conservative owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
- Abigail Disney, documentary filmmaker.
- Bloomberg Philanthropies.
- Howard Stringer, former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive.
- Intermountain West Communications Company, local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications).
- Bloomberg L.P.
- Discovery Communications Inc.
- George Stephanopoulos, ABC News chief anchor and chief political correspondent.
- Mort Zuckerman, owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report.
- Time Warner Inc., owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting
- Hollywood Foreign Press Association, presenters of the Golden Globe Awards.
- Viacom, a 2005 spinoff from CBS Corporation.
- Knight Foundation, non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting journalism.
- Public Radio International.
- Turner Broadcasting, parent company of CNN.
- Comcast, parent copmany of NBCUniversal.
- NBC Universal, parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.
- Public Broadcasting Service.
- Robert Allbritton, owner of POLITICO parent company Capitol News Group.
- AOL Huffington Post Media Group.
- Hearst Corporation.
- Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor.
- The Washington Post Company.
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