What Fresh Hell Is This?

May 3, 2010

Craig Smith, Again.

Sigh. This is getting to be a pattern.

On February 20, Tribune-Review writer Craig Smith interviewed Dick Armey of Freedomworks, recipient of more than a million dollars of Scaife foundation money.

On April 10, Tribune-Review writer Craig Smith interviewed Michelle Bernard of the Independent Women's Forum, recipient of more than a million dollars of Scaife foundation money.

On April 17, Tribune-Review writer Craig Smith interviewed James Carafano of the Heritage Foundation, recipient of millions and millions of dollars ($23 million in fact) of Scaife foundation money.

Today, he interviews Mark Krikorian of the Center for Immigration Studies another recipient of millions of dollars of Scaife money.

I mean really, does Craig get a residual for every interview he does with a representative of some Scaife-funded think-tank? At least it's not in alphabetical order, that would be obvious.

We touched on the CIS in mid-April but it's probably a good idea to take another look. Here's some raw data from that blog post:
How much money has Scaife funneled to CIS? I am glad you asked.
  • In 2008, the Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $150,000 to the CIS.
  • In 2007, the Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $150,000 to the CIS.
  • In 2006, the Sarah Scaife Foundation gave $150,000 to the CIS.
Mediamatters reports an additional $1.5 million or so of Scaife foundation money sent to the CIS over the years.

Pretty safe to assume that whenever Mr Smith interviews people for Scaife's paper, he doesn't look much farther than foundations/think tanks who've benefited from Scaife foundation money.

The circle jerk continues.

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