by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Liberal billionaire George Soros bankrolls a massive “hate crime” database that is used by more than 100 media partners—including Google News Labs, New York Times Opinion, and ABC News—to report alleged hate crimes, according to tax documents and interviews.
The database, launched following the election of President Donald Trump, is “unverified” and receives stories of alleged “hate” from the likes of the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), an organization currently in upheaval over charges of institutional racism perpetrated by its recently fired co-founder, Morris Dees, and the Council on Islamic and Foreign Relations (CAIR), a Muslim civil rights group that was previously listed as an unindicted co-conspirator of terrorism.
Media partners involved in the initiative have access to the unverified database, and use it to report stories of hate in the Trump era.
ProPublica, an investigative reporting nonprofit based in New York City, launched the project, known as “Documenting Hate,” in 2017. The New York Times backed the project in January 2017 editorial, “Why We Need a Project to Document Hate Crimes.” …
… The project received hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding from George Soros’s Foundation to Promote Open Society, according to the group’s most recent tax forms.
On page 321 of the Foundation to Promote Open Society’s 2017 tax forms, a $200,000 contribution is shown to ProPublica “to create a well-reported data set of hate crimes and to produce high-quality investigative reporting on the subject” while another $375,000 donation was made to ProPublica “to support the hate crimes tracking project.” Soros gave $200,000 more to the group, which was split between “general support” and a separate initiative on online price discrimination.
Soros vowed to put $10 million into combating hate crimes following Trump’s election.