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Thursday, June 7, 2012
Gainor's Double Standard on Billionaire Philanthropy
Topic: Media Research Center

We've detailed how the Media Research Center's Dan Gainor has obsessed about George Soros spends his billions on -- ironic, since Gainor hold the title of "T. Boone Pickens Fellow."

Well, Gainor is at it again with a new MRC "special report" ominously titled "George Soros: Godfather of the Left." A sample of Gainor's vitriol:

Left-wing donor George Soros spent more than $400 million world-wide to indoctrinate students and teach them to promote liberal, and in some cases extremist, causes. He has even funded his own university that promotes his own unique philosophy of open society. His reach and influence far surpasses that of the Koch brothers, who have been vilified by the left and the media for their grants to universities.

While the left shrivels at the thought of the Koch brother’s donations to universities, their beloved Soros gave more than 50 times as much. Central European University and Bard College received the most from Soros. One professor at CEU praised the Occupy movement combining environmentalism, feminism, the labor movement, and social justice. Grants to Bard College for “community service and social action” included a Palestinian youth group and an initiative to educate prisoners across the country. To top it off, all of the Ivy League universities, along with a variety of state schools, private institutions, and even religiously-affiliated institutions, were also funded by Soros.

Soros funded programs and classes at universities around the world promote his radical ideology. Soros’s Open Society Foundations granted $407,790,344 in gifts and commitments to higher education since the year 2000. 

Needless to say, Gainor ignores the higher education philanthropy conducted by the man who funds his MRC salary. Pickens has matched Soros' donations to colleges, except Pickens gave all of that money to a single school: more than $500 million to Oklahoma State University.

We've previously noted that Pickens has given at least $1.5 million to the MRC, part of which funds Gainor's position.

So Gainor is using his position funded by one billionaire's largesse to complain about another billionaire's largesse. How hypocritical.

But then, the MRC is all about that, isn't it?

Posted by Terry K. at 9:29 AM EDT

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