following the money

What do the boards and members of boards believe? Is there an agenda that is subtly driving the thinking? Is there a cause that is unsubtly guiding the writing? Who am I supporting, financially, by my purchase or contribution?

I was more than alarmed to read that The Washington Times is merely a media front for the Unification Church of Sun Myung Moon. Read it here. That “Christian Science” was lent so much credence by the Monitor has been problematic. Even if their editorial boards don’t carry membership cards, the fact that these cults own these publications somehow legitimizes their existence. And that should be of concern to us all.

What started me on this topic was this NYTimes article:

Feeding Frenzy for a Big Story, Even if It’s False
Published: January 29, 2007WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 — Jeffrey T. Kuhner, whose Web site published the first anonymous smear of the 2008 presidential race, is hardly the only editor who will not reveal his reporters’ sources. What sets him apart is that he will not even disclose the names of his reporters.

But their anonymity has not stopped them from making an impact. In the last two weeks, Mr. Kuhner’s Web site, Insight, the last remnant of a defunct conservative print magazine owned by the Unification Church led by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, was able to set off a wave of television commentary, talk-radio chatter, official denials, investigations by journalists around the globe and news media self-analysis that has lasted 11 days and counting.

The controversy started with a quickly discredited Jan. 17 article on the Insight Web…

And that led me to check out the sources. See what Wiki has to say:

News World Communications

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

News World Communications, Inc. is a media corporation owned by the Unification Church, which is run by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon. News World owns The Washington Times, a newspaper Moon began publishing in 1982. Reportedly the paper has lost $1 billion, though it is widely believed that Moon has funded it at a loss to provide a political voice for the conservative right and the Church. Moon declared: “The Washington Times will become the instrument in spreading the truth about God to the world.” [1].

News World also owns Insight Magazine, The World and I magazine, Middle East Times, Tiempos del Mundo, Segye Ilbo, Sekai Nippo, Zambezi Times, and United Press International.

It really does matter what world views and political leanings and religious sympathies folks have. I’m not for censoring or even necessarily boycotting these (although I won’t pay a cent for the Monitor, don’t patronize Tom Cruise movies, and would become very concerned if the Washington Times finally turned a profit) because the shells that these folks hide behind and underneath are sometimes so well masked that it would be a fulltime job figuring out. But when we find out, we should be very, very, very wary.

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