Liberal Funders Back Journalism Alongside the ACLU, Think Tanks

California savings-and-loan billionaire and liberal-Democrat philanthropist Marion Sandler died on June 1, and the Washington Post obituary on Wednesday by T. Rees Shapiro underlined once again how the media “establishment” is now funded not just by advertisers, but by Democratic financiers.

Sandler backed the ACLU, the Clintonistas at the Center for American Progress, and investigative reporting partners for the Post and The New York Times:

[Sandler and her husband Herb] championed liberal causes and gave millions of dollars to Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union.

With John Podesta, a former chief of staff in the Clinton White House, they helped found the Center for American Progress, a Washington-based think tank. In 2008, they provided funding to start ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative journalism organization. Recently, ProPublica has collaborated on news stories with The Washington Post and the New York Times.

The New York Times hailed their "lefty" journalism initiatives in 2008.

Tim Graham
Tim Graham
Tim Graham is Executive Editor of NewsBusters and is the Media Research Center’s Director of Media Analysis