Mike Ciandella is a staff writer and analyst for MRC Business. He also helps to manage The Soros Project, the MRC's ongoing research effort into the influence of liberal donors.

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December 19, 2014, 4:00 PM EST

In an Associated Press article, a climate alarmist accused a female ABC meteorologist of being “more like a pornographer” than a weather forecaster – all because she didn’t tie weather events to climate change often enough for his liking. According to the article, discussing weather events without throwing in at least some climate change scaremongering is “weather porn.”

The Dec. 12, article, by AP Television Writer David Bauder, promoted this view held by “news consultant” and media analyst Andrew Tyndall. Tyndall called out ABC’s “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee specifically, calling her “more like a pornographer.”

December 2, 2014, 12:35 PM EST

The U.S. National Debt reached a staggering $18 trillion on Nov. 28, 2014, but none of the three broadcast news networks covered the milestone.

That debt has increased by more than $7 trillion during Barack Obama’s presidency, Forbes said. According to The Blaze, “In the last fiscal year, the national debt increased by just over $500 billion, and that number is expected to rise again in the coming years.”

November 5, 2014, 10:55 AM EST

Liberal California billionaire Tom Steyer just learned a big lesson about changing climate. The investment BANKER? tried to make global warming the big issue in 2014. Instead, voters told him there was a chill in the air for his agenda.

As a result, he lost in nearly three out of four races he funded. Steyer had donated $73.8 million to this election cycle to fund more than 7,000 advertisements in seven key states. That made him the single biggest political donor this election cycle. However, out of the $30.8 million of that money that went to seven specific races according to Open Secrets, more than $22.4 million, 73 percent, went to candidates who ended up losing their races.

October 29, 2014, 12:13 PM EDT

Steyer, the left's "green hero," is a walking contradiction and an opportunist. On the one hand, he regularly campaigned against fossil fuels and spent millions of dollars backing politicians who agree with him. With the other, he stacked up piles of cash he made off those fossil fuels -- sometimes at the same time.

Intent on getting his people elected, Steyer has spent an incredible $74 million on the election just in 2014, more than anyone else. His campaign tactics have ranged from aggressive to obnoxious to simply inaccurate. According to the Oct. 2, 2014, Washington Post, his operation “has paid for 7,050 ads in Senate races in Colorado, Iowa, Michigan and New Hampshire and in the Florida governor’s race.” The newspaper gave one of those ads four out of four “Pinocchios” for being factually inaccurate.

September 23, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

On September 23, a group of liberal activists, socialists and “journalists” from MSNBC and The Nation will join UN delegates in deciding the future of the world’s environmental policy. Predictably, no skeptics or moderates will be joining this huddle of hubris. While the media are quick to hype the forum, they're not so quick to point out just how laughable some of the attendees are.

“The global warming movement has morphed into a coalition of ‘climate cause deniers.’ They deny the hundreds of causes and variables of climate change and pretend CO2 is the ‘control knob’ overriding all the others,” Marc Morano, Publisher of Climate Depot and producer of upcoming global warming documentary 'Climate Hustle' told the Media Research Center.

September 17, 2014, 12:46 PM EDT

Facts, people. They’re not that hard.

Naomi Klein, the best-selling author and columnist taken too seriously by American media, decried conservative groups for opposing “wealth redistribution.” Klein argued that North America and Europe need to pay reparations to poorer nations for causing climate change. Her new book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate,” used flawed facts, exaggerations and misrepresentations to promote her brand of climate-change alarmism.

September 16, 2014, 10:53 AM EDT

Legal battles against state governor’s with higher political aspirations keep cropping up. But looking deeper into attacks on Republican governors from Texas, Wisconsin and Louisiana reveals George Soros’ checkbook was behind it all – but the news media aren’t about to point that out.

The group that first filed an indictment charge against Texas Gov. Rick Perry was funded by Soros, the liberal billionaire, but the trail of his money didn’t end there. Both the recall election for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and an even less successful recall attempt for Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal were rooted in Soros-funded groups. Among them, these three potential Republican presidential candidates were targeted by groups receiving more than $6.3 million from Soros.

September 10, 2014, 3:37 PM EDT

In John Oliver’s perfect world, for-profit colleges don’t exist, and the government pays off everyone’s student loans. After lambasting for-profit colleges extensively, Oliver got to the heart of his argument: the government should foot the bill for all student loans.

September 4, 2014, 10:43 AM EDT

In 2011, Steven Donziger, an activist lawyer won a multi-billion dollar lawsuit against Chevron environmental damage in Ecuador. But a U.S. district court ruled it a “fraud” in 2014, once it was apparent that Donziger’s own case was polluted and the award “obtained by corrupt means.”

Now, new evidence released as part of Chevron’s counter-suit reveals that not only did Donziger unethically win his court case in Ecuador, but the Vanity Fair reporter who ran a hit job on Chevron had worked closely with Donziger to make sure that the “facts” favored his position.

September 2, 2014, 4:24 PM EDT

The same year that former Vice President Al Gore predicted that the Arctic sea ice could be completely gone, Arctic ice reached its highest level in two years, according to a report by the Danish Meteorological Institute

According to that report, which was cited by the Daily Mail (UK) on Aug. 30, “[t]he Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in a row.” The U.S. National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) confirmed this trend, but didn’t go into as much detail as the Danish Meteorological Institute.

August 26, 2014, 10:03 AM EDT

As the 2014 midterm elections approached, the media were quick to criticize conservative donors like the Koch brothers for backing issues important to them. But journalists largely ignored the incredible financial power being used to promote the liberal agenda.

Five top donors – Michael Bloomberg, Warren Buffett, Pierre Omidyar, Tom Steyer and George Soros’s own son, Jonathan – are major funders of the left. Together, they have contributed at least $2.7 billion since 2000 to groups pushing abortion, gun control, climate change alarmism and liberal candidates.

August 21, 2014, 10:29 AM EDT

President Barack Obama has come out strongly against corporations moving their addresses overseas in an attempt to pay lower taxes – while several of his own donors saved money by employing this very tactic, known as “inversion.” Yet, ABC, CBS and NBC have completely ignored that hypocrisy since the president addressed the issue on July 24.

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told Bloomberg News that even though Obama called such tactics “unpatriotic,” the president would keep cash from donors benefiting from tax inversion.

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August 18, 2014, 12:59 PM EDT

Update, August 19: On ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” on Aug. 18, Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila included a soundbite from Texans for Public Justice Director Craig McDonald in his story. McDonald was merely introduced as a “critic,” with no ideological label, and Avila never verbally said the name of his group. The Soros connection and the group’s involvement in Perry’s indictment charges were not addressed. NBC and CBS still have not mentioned the group.

Sometimes it seems like there isn’t a single political issue that a Soros-funded group isn’t involved in. Texans for Public Justice, one of the groups behind Rick Perry’s indictment charges, is part of a “progressive” coalition that has received $500,000 from liberal billionaire George Soros. 

August 15, 2014, 12:33 PM EDT

How’s this for timing? The Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss, on the two-year-anniversary of the FRC shooting, launched its own attack on FRC – with the help of a study released by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the same group that inspired that shooter. 

Here’s a quick recap: on August 15, 2012, a gunman entered the lobby of the Family Research Council in Washington D.C, planning to kill everyone inside the building and then smear Chick-Fil-A sandwiches in their faces (at the time, Chick-Fil-A was under fire for comments that its CEO, Dan Cathy, had made in support of traditional marriage). The gunman’s plot was only foiled by the quick thinking of the building manager, Leo Johnson, who ended up taking a bullet in the arm in the process. 

August 14, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

Liberal media outlets often champion higher taxes, or at the very least lash out at businesses for finding ways to lower their tax bills. However, USA Today offered an editorial on Aug. 14, doing the very opposite: calling for lower corporate taxes. 

In the “our view” section of the paper’s opinion page, USA Today’s editorial declared “To deter ‘inversions,’ overhaul corporate taxes.” 

August 13, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

A new report suggested that liberal billionaire Tom Steyer’s hedge fund profited from a $1 billion San Francisco light rail project pushed by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Steyer was also a big supporter of Pelosi.

Despite being quick to criticize conservative political donors, the morning and evening news shows on ABC, CBS and NBC have all ignored the allegation since the Washington Free Beacon broke the story Aug. 12.

August 7, 2014, 2:28 PM EDT

Money may not buy happiness, but it certainly buys access. Liberal billionaires George Soros and Tom Steyer met with John Podesta, the counselor to the president, to advise him on environmental policy.

Despite repeatedly hyping liberal fears about conservative donors influencing politics, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNN and major newspapers all ignored the meeting. Soros’ spokesperson and advisor Michael Vachon, who was also in attendance, told E&E News that the men “discussed a variety of topics,” according to the Washington Free Beacon.

August 6, 2014, 1:12 PM EDT

Liberal journalists are fine with media moguls – unless the mogul happens to not be a fellow liberal. When word got out in July that 21st Century Fox owner Rupert Murdoch had made an offer to purchase Time Warner, the parent company for Warner Brothers, HBO and CNN, the media panicked.

Liberal loudmouths Bill Maher, who has a show on HBO and would be impacted by a Murdoch buy, and Jane Fonda, the actress and ex-wife of CNN’s founder, both expressed outrage. Maher called it “a terrible price to pay.” Vox.com, the self-proclaimed news platform started by former Washington Post wonder boy Ezra Klein, also criticized the proposed deal and tastelessly attacked Murdoch himself.

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July 15, 2014, 4:43 PM EDT

“Green billionaire” Tom Steyer has gone “clean.” He’s apparently kicked his coal habit – for all of 15 days. Up until June 30, 2014, Steyer was still making money off of fossil fuel investments through Farallon Capital Management (which he founded).

Yet, to the media Steyer “has become the environmental hero he set out to be.” ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on April 3 portrayed Steyer as the left’s answer to the “secretive” libertarian Koch brothers. While Andrea Mitchell on NBC “Nightly News” on Jan. 31 let Steyer’s criticisms of the Keystone Pipeline stand uncontested. The Washington Post dubbed him a hero, the left’s “own billionaire donor to counter the powerful Koch brothers on the right.” Tom Steyer had pledged $100 million to Democratic candidates this election cycle, to ensure that the Keystone Pipeline doesn’t get approved.

July 9, 2014, 1:52 PM EDT

Media Research Center VP for Business and Culture, Dan Gainor, appeared on Fox Business' "Varney & Co." to discuss the BBC's decision to censor climate change skeptics.

On July 5, the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) announced it was training journalists to ignore skeptical views on man-made climate change. Rather than condemn the BBC, American media outlets like The Huffington Post, Salon and even the Washington Post have praised the BBC for this censorship.

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