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Pandemic Payoff: Bill Gates Injected $319 Million Into Mainstream Media


Last year 21WIRE reported on an investigation conducted by the prestigious Columbia Journalism Review which exposed how Bill Gates has been busy injecting hundreds of millions into media outlets around the world – and how in return he was not only given carte blanche access to many of those same media outlets to promote his own interests and projects, namely the global roll-out COVID-19 vaccine and select therapeutic drugs. Not surprisingly, Gates has also received unanimous fawning coverage of his constant promotion of lockdowns, masks and experimental mRNA jabs. 

Additional information was revealed this week which shows the full extent of Gates’ hold over the mainstream media, based on over 30,000 individual grants from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s own website database.

The beneficiaries include the biggest names in mainstream media, including CNN, BBC, NBC, NPR, PBS, The Guardian, France’s Le Monde, The Financial Times, The Daily Telegraph, Germany’s Der Spiegel, the Conversation, Education Week, the Education Post, the Financial Times, the Texas Tribune, Al-Jazeera, the Atlantic, and New York Public Radio.

The top winners include $24.6 million for Washington’s state-run media outlet NPR, $12.9 million for The Guardian, and $10.8 million for Seattle-based Cascade Public Media, which owns local station KCTS-TV.

Alan McLeod from Mint Press News writes…

While other billionaires’ media empires are relatively well known, the extent to which Gates’s cash underwrites the modern media landscape is not. After sorting through over 30,000 individual grants, MintPress can reveal that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) has made over $300 million worth of donations to fund media projects.

Recipients of this cash include many of America’s most important news outlets, including CNNNBC, NPRPBS and The Atlantic. Gates also sponsors a myriad of influential foreign organizations, including the BBCThe GuardianThe Financial Times and The Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom; prominent European newspapers such as Le Monde (France), Der Spiegel (Germany) and El País (Spain); as well as big global broadcasters like Al-Jazeera.

The Gates Foundation money going towards media programs has been split up into a number of sections, presented in descending numerical order, and includes a link to the relevant grant on the organization’s website.

Awards Directly to Media Outlets:

Together, these donations total $166,216,526. The money is generally directed towards issues close to the Gateses hearts. For example, the $3.6 million CNN grant went towards “report[ing] on gender equality with a particular focus on least developed countries, producing journalism on the everyday inequalities endured by women and girls across the world,” while the Texas Tribune received millions to “to increase public awareness and engagement of education reform issues in Texas.” Given that Bill is one of the charter schools’ most fervent supporters, a cynic might interpret this as planting pro-corporate charter school propaganda into the media, disguised as objective news reporting.

The Gates Foundation has also given nearly $63 million to charities closely aligned with big media outlets, including nearly $53 million to BBC Media Action, over $9 million to MTV’s Staying Alive Foundation, and $1 million to The New York Times Neediest Causes Fund. While not specifically funding journalism, donations to the philanthropic arm of a media player should still be noted.

Gates continues to underwrite a wide network of investigative journalism centers as well, totaling just over $38 million, more than half of which has gone to the D.C.-based International Center for Journalists to expand and develop African media.

These centers include:

In addition to this, the Gates Foundation also plies press and journalism associations with cash, to the tune of at least $12 million. For example, the National Newspaper Publishers Association — a group representing more than 200 outlets — has received $3.2 million.

The list of these organizations includes:

This brings our running total up to $216.4 million.

The foundation also puts up the money to directly train journalists all over the world, in the form of scholarships, courses and workshops. Today, it is possible for an individual to train as a reporter thanks to a Gates Foundation grant, find work at a Gates-funded outlet, and to belong to a press association funded by Gates. This is especially true of journalists working in the fields of health, education and global development, the ones Gates himself is most active in and where scrutiny of the billionaire’s actions and motives are most necessary.

Gates Foundation grants pertaining to the instruction of journalists include:

The BMGF also pays for a wide range of specific media campaigns around the world. For example, since 2014 it has donated $5.7 million to the Population Foundation of India in order to create dramas that promote sexual and reproductive health, with the intent to increase family planning methods in South Asia. Meanwhile, it alloted over $3.5 million to a Senegalese organization to develop radio shows and online content that would feature health information. Supporters consider this to be helping critically underfunded media, while opponents might consider it a case of a billionaire using his money to plant his ideas and opinions into the press.

Media projects supported by the Gates Foundation:

Total: $97,315,408

$319.4 million and (a lot) more

Added together, these Gates-sponsored media projects come to a total of $319.4 million. However, there are clear shortcomings with this non-exhaustive list, meaning the true figure is undoubtedly far higher…

Continue this report at Mint Press News 

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