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Does the CIA Fund Both the Right and the Left?

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  • Democracy Now!
  • Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) and their radio program Counterspin
  • Working Assets Radio
  • The Progressive
  • Mother Jones
  • South End Press (Z Magazine)
  • Alternative Radio
  • Ms. Magazine
  • Political Research Associates (run by rabid anti-conspiracist Chip Berlet)

As Feldman points out, each of these outlets has systematically marginalized independent researchers who have systematically studied 9-11 and the JFK and other political assassinations.

The Nation Magazine and the CIA

Bob Feldman's unraveling of the indirect CIA funding received by the Nation and Radio Nation is the most instructive in demonstrating how "pass-through" funding works (see According to their tax returns, the Nation Institute receives major funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the J. M. Kaplan Family Foundation. Both, according to Frances Stoner Saunders (Who Paid the Piper?: the CIA and the Cultural Cold War), have a history of accepting CIA "pass-through" funding and collaborating with them on cold war projects. The Nation also has an interesting relationship with a third left gatekeeping foundation the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute (FERI), in that publisher, editor and part owner Katrina van den Heuvel serves on the FERI governing board and her father, William vanden Heuvel, on the board of directors. FERI, like its namesake Eleanor Roosevelt has always pursued a clear mandate of supporting the development of anti-communist "parallel left" political groups.

Moreover William van den Heuvel himself has well-established intelligence credentials, as a protege and executive assistant to "Wild Bill" Donovan, the founder and director of OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The OSS, which oversaw intelligence operations during World War II, became the CIA in 1947. In 1953-54 van den Heuvel accompanied Donovan to Thailand, where he served as ambassador (and lead CIA agent) to Thailand. Later as executive assistant to Robert Kennedy, van den Heuvel was the architect of the Kennedy administration's staunch anti-Castro policy.

Other Left Gatekeepers Funding Alternative Media

Here is a brief summary of "alternative" media outlets that Feldman has linked to foundations the Church Committee identified as receiving CIA pass-through funding (see It is also of note that they all systematically marginalize journalistic and academic research into 911 and CIA-linked political assassinations.

MacArthur Foundation

  • FAIR
  • The Progressive
  • Working Assets Radio

Rockefeller Foundation

  • FAIR
  • The Progressive
  • Working Assets Radio

Carnegie Foundation

  • Democracy Now!


J. M. Kaplan Family Foundation

  • Democracy Now!

Soros Family Foundation

  • Pacifica Radio
  • The Nation

Although Soros himself has no known CIA connections, he's strongly linked to the military industrial complex as a major stockholder in Bush senior's Carlyle Group and through his direct funding of "color" revolutions in Eastern Europe.

Schumann Foundation

  • Mother Jones
  • Alternet
  • Fair
  • Z Magazine

Run for many years by "progressive-lite" Bill Moyers, the Schuman Foundation (as evidenced by the projects it funds) has a rabidly pro-capitalist agenda. According to Feldman, Moyers himself has engaged in some pretty anti-progressive behavior, such as orchestrating (as Lyndon Johnson's press secretary) the wiretapping of Martin Luther King and leaking the transcripts to the media. And his heavy promotion of the rabid anti-Semite and Holocaust denier Joseph Campbell on PBS (see,, and

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