“The Real News” is Fake News
A Toronto-based “news” organization with a Baltimore office is trying to make a name for itself attacking Governor Larry Hogan.
The ironically-named “The Real News” is an online media organization based in Toronto, with an office in Baltimore. The organization says:
The Real News Network (TRNN) produces independent, verifiable, fact-based journalism that engages ordinary people in solving the critical problems of our times. As legendary journalist Ida B. Wells said, “The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.”
We examine the underlying causes of the chronic problems, and investigate and report on effective solutions and models for change. We don’t just cover people in high office or limit news to the partisan horse race for power. People who fight for human rights and work for solutions are newsmakers. We believe that real change will be driven by the people who need it most.
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While we report on and investigate all important issues of social and economic concern, we consider the climate change crisis an existential threat. In all of our programming and journalism, the impact of environmental degradation and the climate crisis, especially on marginalized people, and the urgency of finding solutions will be front and center.
Our motto is “The Future Depends on Knowing.”
The Real News “producer” Jaisal Noor recently interviewed Governor Larry Hogan, who took affront to the fact that the Governor correctly called his outfit fake news.
Noor than goes on a convoluted verbal safari trying to link Governor Hogan to the evil Koch Brothers (because ballet!) and President Donald Trump. It’s a completely warped view of reality that is trying to conform to a viewpoint.
Which is because Jaisal Noor isn’t a journalist. He’s a political activist.
But the real obvious thing that gives you insight into Noor’s reporting is the fact that he was at a Ben Jealous rally before the primary telling Jealous supporters how it was going to take it to Governor Hogan. Don’t take my world for it, watch it for yourself.
It’s unknown if Noor is formally coordinating with the Jealous campaign. But they certainly are reading from the same sheet of music.
Noor is one thing, but the entire organization is a basket of radical left-wing issues politics with fuzzy financial issues. The Real News admitted their bias in 2014 City Paper article when they first parachuted into Baltimore.
Their founder also admitted to bias in a video clip *The Real News put out themselves*
Financial backers of The Real News include The Benjamin Fund (run by the founder of anti-military group Code Pink), the California-based Flora Family Foundation, and other out-of-state groups. But mainly their financing is part of a complex web of radicalized left-wing philanthropy, something that has called into question how beholden they are to these left-wing groups to tell their side of the story:
The Real News’ mission statement suggests that Real News promotes independent and investigative journalism and is a grassroots effort. It fails to mention, however, that the project was launched with millions of dollars provided by leading US American liberal foundations. There may well have been no strings attached to the seed money, but there is little doubt that the foundations chose to support their project – as opposed to any alternative ones – because the Real News formula suited the foundations’ own philanthropic interests. How much influence the liberal foundations had in determining the makeup of The Real News advisory boards and founding committees will remain unknown until the issue becomes the focus of an in-depth investigative report. An investigation that is unlikely to be forthcoming from The Real News itself.
Ironically, Noor spent a good deal of time complaining about the Koch Brothers having a “shadowy network” of funding without ever acknowledging that they too have a shadowy funding source. The most recently available tax return shows that The Real News is raising $2.5-$3 million a year, but they are not required to disclose their funding sources.
Maybe it’s time for The Real News to divest the donors to its operations, but I won’t hold my breath for that.
The Real News Board of Directors, despite having a Baltimore office, mainly consists of foreign nationals who have no connection to the U.S. much less Maryland. Real News staff leaves a bit to be desired if you’re into freedom.
- Real News co-founder Sharmini Peries was an economic advisor to Venezuela dictator Hugo Chavez.
- Board member Dimitri Lascaris was a candidate for the Canadian Green Party;
- Senior Manager Eddie Conway was a Black Panther;
- Khalilah Harris has worked with a number of radical left-wing organizations in Baltimore;
- Staff writer Ben Norton and Dhana Noor both worked at AlterNet;
- Staff writer Gregory Wilpert worked for the Venezuela government and wrote a hagiography of dictator Hugo Chavez;
Though not listed on their website, The Real News is also the home to Baynard Woods, who our readers may remember defended left-wing mob imitation of a Democratic state senator and thinks that pointing out marijuana is illegal is racist.
Noor and the rest of The Real News staff have a sad because Governor Hogan labeled them as “fake news”, even though their own leadership admitted bias in the City Paper article from 2014. But it’s an accurate description. By hiring radical left-wing activists like Noor and by having sympathizers of dictators like Hugo Chavez in senior leadership posts says everything that you need to know about how real The Real News really is.
Somebody will come back and say “well, Red Maryland is biased!” Well, no kidding. We wear on biases on our sleeve. Something that the radicalized leftists in this Toronto-based outfit seem loathe to do in their stories.
If The Real News wants to continue to pretend they’re journalists fine and be angry when they get correctly called out a fake news. But if they want to stop being labeled as fake news, they should stop being fake news, stop trying to score points for the doomed Ben Jealous campaign and release their donor list.