Jill Stein: Clinton Foundation Donors in Corporate Media ‘Prop Up’ Hillary Campaign

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 15: Former U.S. Secretary of State and first lady Hillary Clinton speaks at a press conference announcing a new initiative between the Clinton Foundation , United Nations Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies, titled Data 2x on December 15, 2014 in New York City. Data 2x aims …
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Green Party presidential nominee Jill Stein skewered “corporate media” for their willingness to “prop up Hillary [Clinton] and smear her opponents.” Stein explained that the reason they do so is “because they’re huge donors to her foundation.”

Stein put members of corporate media, who have failed to cover her own “people-powered campaign,” on notice, declaring, “Your silence to our voices speaks volumes.”

“Why does the corporate media prop up Hillary and smear her opponents? Because they’re huge donors to her foundation,” Stein wrote on Twitter, linking to a Politico report titled, “Clinton Foundation Donors Include Dozens of Media Organizations, Individuals”.

“90% of the US media is controlled by 6 corporations. The 2-party system has made them rich; no surprise they prop it up #FollowTheMoney,” Stein tweeted.

The Politico report highlighted by Stein documents the “media industry’s ties to the Clinton Foundation” including the ties of “Carlos Slim, the Mexican magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company”:

NBC Universal, News Corporation, Turner Broadcasting and Thomson Reuters are among more than a dozen media organizations that have made charitable contributions to the Clinton Foundation in recent years, the foundation’s records show. The donations, which range from the low-thousands to the millions, provide a picture of the media industry’s ties to the Clinton Foundation at a time when one of its most notable personalities, George Stephanopoulos, is under scrutiny for not disclosing his own $75,000 contribution when reporting on the foundation. The list also includes mass media groups like Comcast, Time Warner and Viacom, as well a few notable individuals, including Carlos Slim, the Mexican telecom magnate and largest shareholder of The New York Times Company, and James Murdoch, the chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox. Both Slim and Murdoch have given between $1 million to $5 million, respectively.

Stein has repeatedly attacked “corporate media” for not covering her campaign–a campaign, which, she says, presents voters with a clear alternative to Washington’s corporatist “uniparty.”

Indeed, while third party Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson has received quite a bit of media attention throughout this election, Stein says that she has experienced a virtual media “blackout.” Stein has suggested that the reason for the media blackout is that, unlike Johnson, she is an effective messenger against Washington’s “uniparty.”

“Despite a near-blackout by corporate media we are reaching millions of Americans who are ready to build a new major party,” Stein wrote.



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