Did you know that your tax dollars go to left wing “nonprofit” news organizations? Did you know that a lot of it is via Texas universities?
It’s true. Your tax dollars fund organizations like NPR, PBS, and the Texas Tribune. But just how much is hard to know at this point – which is why Representative Jared Patterson (R-Frisco) filed a bill that would require public universities to publicly disclose their donations to all of these nonprofit media outlets.
The Texas Tribune makes it easier than most to find out which government entities they went out and solicited money from, though the list is lengthy and still shocking. It’s funny though because these “contributions” have forced them to post a disclaimer — on almost every one of their articles — alerting their readers that the entity they’re reporting on gave them money. That just doesn’t seem particularly ethical to me to take money from the very government entities a media organization is reporting on.
Speaking of which, did you know that Texas A&M has donated more than $1 million to the liberal Tribune? Let’s underscore that — what is widely considered to be one of the most conservative public universities (an oxymoron, albeit) in Texas has given seven figures to the increasingly woke Tribune. Do you think parents sending their children to A&M realize how much of their tuition dollars and their tax dollars go to an outlet that hates their values?
Just wait until you check out how much the University of Texas system gives the Tribune!
It’s of course a shame this bill even has to be proposed. Schools should disclose this without having to be forced to.
Better yet, higher ed bureaucrats should stop subsidizing media organizations with your tax dollars altogether!
At The Texan, we take pride in our business model — we are a privately held, for-profit newsroom. Our revenue comes from our subscribers, and no one else. This makes us accountable to our readers, and no one else. We don’t seek out donors, nor advertisers. And we sure as heck would never solicit tax dollars from the very government institutions we are reporting on!
We believe that this model is the best way to uphold objective journalistic integrity.
So when Patterson’s bill was heard in the House Higher Education Committee, I testified before the committee members to explain The Texan’s business model compared to all the other media outlets who gladly have their hand out for “government” money — your money. I hope it opened their eyes a bit.
Here’s our disclosure at the end of every article: “Unlike almost every other media outlet, The Texan is not beholden to any special interests, does not apply for any type of state or federal funding, and relies exclusively on its readers for financial support.”
And I guess that’s served us well, because guess what? Yesterday was The Texan’s four year anniversary!!
I cannot thank those of you who have subscribed to The Texan enough. It is YOU who have enabled us to continue to grow and become the strong news organization that we are. But there are still so many of you who have not taken that next step and subscribed! Please, do help us fight the fake news of government-funded media and subscribe today!