While listening to Oregon Public Broadcasting the other day I heard an interviewer mention that Public Radio International (PRI) had given money to the Clinton Foundation.
A review of the Clinton Foundation’s records reveals that PRI has, in fact, donated $10,000 – $25,000 to the Foundation. The purpose of the donation is not given.
Talk about bizarre. A major non-profit media organization that relies on donations itself, turns right around and gives some of its limited resources to another non-profit, the Clinton Foundation.
I asked PRI to explain, but they didn’t respond.
In the process of researching the issue, I learned something even more disturbing. PRI is one of dozens of media organizations that have donated to the Clinton Foundation, creating or maintaining questionable symbiotic relationships.
One of the other media donors is Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), a non-profit provider of programs to public television stations that relies on donations itself.
Media, which harp on their commitment to ethical behavior, clearly have a problem here. How can they not see it?
Last week the Clinton Foundation said it won’t accept donations from corporations or foreign entities if Hillary Clinton is elected president. A halt to accepting media donations should be adopted, too.
Other media-related donors to the Clinton Foundation include:
Carlos Slim, Telecom magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company
James Murdoch, Chief Operating Officer of 21st Century Fox
Newsman Media, Florida-based conservative media network
Thomson Reuters, Reuters news service owner
News Corporation Foundation
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Publisher
Richard Mellon Scaife, Owner of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Howard Stringer, Former CBS, CBS News and Sony executive
Intermountain West Communications Company, Local television affiliate owner (formerly Sunbelt Communications)
Discovery Communications Inc.
Mort Zuckerman, Owner of New York Daily News and U.S. News & World Report
Time Warner Inc., Owner of CNN parent company Turner Broadcasting
George Stephanopoulos, Communications director and senior adviser for policy and strategy to President Clinton
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
Turner Broadcasting, Parent company of CNN
Comcast, Parent company of NBCUniversal
NBC Universal, Parent company of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC
Public Broadcasting Service
Robert Allbritton, Owner of POLITICO
AOL Huffington Post Media Group
Judy Woodruff, PBS Newshour co-anchor and managing editor
The Washington Post Company