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AP Take The Climate Bribe!

February 15, 2022

By Paul Homewood


Well at least they’re honest!




NEW YORK (AP) — The Associated Press said Tuesday that it is assigning more than two dozen journalists across the world to cover climate issues, in the news organization’s largest single expansion paid for through philanthropic grants.

The announcement illustrates how philanthropy has swiftly become an important new funding source for journalism — at the AP and elsewhere — at a time when the industry’s financial outlook has been otherwise bleak.

The AP’s new team, with journalists based in Africa, Brazil, India and the United States, will focus on climate change’s impact on agriculture, migration, urban planning, the economy, culture and other areas. Data, text and visual journalists are included, along with the capacity to collaborate with other newsrooms, said Julie Pace, senior vice president and executive editor.

“This far-reaching initiative will transform how we cover the climate story,” Pace said.

The grant is for more than $8 million over three years, and about 20 of the climate journalists will be new hires. The AP has appointed Peter Prengaman as its climate and environment news director to lead the team.

Five organizations are contributing to the effort: the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Quadrivium, the Rockefeller Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation.

It’s the most recent of a series of grants the AP has received since the mid-2010s to boost coverage in health and science, religion, water issues and philanthropy itself. Some 50 AP journalists have jobs funded through grants.

For many years, Journalists and philanthropists were more wary of each other. News organizations were concerned about maintaining independence and, until the past two decades, financially secure enough not to need help. Philanthropists didn’t see the need, or how journalists could help them achieve their goals. 


The far left foundations listed have long been involved in funding disinformation campaigns in the US and Europe. What could be simpler than paying AP to print the propaganda they want?

It is little wonder the industry’s financial outlook is bleak! Readers are leaving the legacy media in droves, fed up with the constant lies and fake news.

  1. jazznick permalink
    February 15, 2022 6:02 pm

    Offering money for reporting dishonest outcomes in order to maintain a pre-determined narrative required to maintain the input of more money to report more dishonest outcomes – (rinse and repeat)…..

    Isn’t that the way the IPCC got started with the emergence, from nowhere, of vast numbers of ‘eco-scientists’ devoted to the new religion of ‘climatology’ (easy money-no questions asked; or indeed answered) ?

  2. GeoffB permalink
    February 15, 2022 6:22 pm

    As well as Hewlett’s the Packard’s also contribute to the climate change hysteria. I wonder how the founders would react, both talented engineers. The company was founded in a one-car garage in Palo Alto by Bill Hewlett and David Packard in 1939, and initially produced a line of electronic test and measurement equipment.

    • Is it just me? permalink
      February 15, 2022 7:35 pm

      Having started my career with them – you’d have been FIRED. The end. And rightly so…

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      February 15, 2022 9:29 pm

      HP equipment was always regarded as the best when I was working in electronics. Perhaps the only exceptions were Tektronics for oscilloscopes and AVO multimeters.

      • watersider permalink
        February 17, 2022 1:06 pm

        Ah yes dem was de daze!
        One other which used to give us with dirty minds a laugh was Wayne Kerr – say it quickly.

  3. February 15, 2022 6:32 pm

    This inspired lots of thoughts when I read about the AP
    1. How much money does The Weather Channel get to promote climate alarmism in the USA? It must be a bunch.
    2. Most traditional newspapers in big cities are hanging on by a thread until someone buys them for song. (Think billionaires Jeff Bezos for WaPo, Dr Patrick Soon Siong for the LA Times and Linda and John Henry for the Boston globe.) Why are money losing newspapers so important to billionaires?
    3. Big tech (mostly Google) gets half the revenue from online adds while the small local press withers on the vine. I guess charity is all the originators of copy have left to stay afloat and the people that attend the Davos gatherings in Switzerland need to get positive press, this is going to continue.
    4. The experienced news staff is cut and replaced but recent journalism grads, suddenly, press releases become news.

  4. Martin Brumby permalink
    February 15, 2022 6:57 pm

    “The AP’s new team, with journalists based in Africa, Brazil, India and the United States, will focus on climate change’s impact on The AP’s new team, with journalists based in Africa, Brazil, India and the United States, will focus on climate change’s impact on agriculture, migration, urban planning, the economy, culture and other areas. ”

    Do these Journos in Africa, Brazil, India and the United States have the experience and scientific background (not even to mention the honesty) to determine whether “agriculture, migration, urban planning, the economy, culture and other areas” are affected by “climate change” or just by “weather”?

    This is a conundrum that our beloved MET Office (deliberately) fails to resolve, on a daily basis.

  5. Harry Passfield permalink
    February 15, 2022 7:06 pm

    When I quickly caught the headline, Paul, I misunderstood and thought it was about AEP!!

    • Slingshot permalink
      February 16, 2022 4:25 pm

      So did I!

  6. Phil O'Sophical permalink
    February 15, 2022 7:38 pm

    Philanthropy. Charity. The Left comandeers words as camouflage for their malign purposes and corrupts them. Quite sick really. When I give to charity I expect nothing in return.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      February 16, 2022 10:43 am

      Yes these are political donations to get the media to report in the way they want about politics.

      It is no different from taking money from a political party – and its not as if the Greens aren’t a political party in most countries!

  7. February 15, 2022 7:50 pm

    The other insidious sources of funding of journalism are the BBC (they support/influence local newspapers) and govts, paying for endless COVID messages on radio stations, and (at least in Canada) providing direct financial support to approved outlets.

    Citizen journalism is thriving, despite (and partly because of) enormous efforts to suppress it.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      February 16, 2022 1:34 pm

      The BBC gets funds from the Gates Foundation.

      • watersider permalink
        February 17, 2022 1:09 pm

        Have their bribes from the European Union now stopped as we are (nearly ) out of it?

  8. Cheshire Red permalink
    February 15, 2022 8:35 pm

    Back in the day this would be called what it is – a bribe. AP have accepted money from vested interests to run articles the vested interests want them to run. The only possible outcome is propaganda.

    How can anyone take seriously any article AP produce on ‘climate change’ ever again?

  9. not banned yet permalink
    February 15, 2022 11:11 pm

    AP has been pumping out hi grade propaganda for years. Sadly their output gets repeated widely without any critical evaluation taking place.

  10. February 16, 2022 1:38 am

    AP are as lefty as they come. It was great fun when Obama was caught spying on them. They were rather miffed that their holy one would do such a thing!

  11. John Hultquist permalink
    February 16, 2022 3:41 am

    Our small local newspaper (WA, USA) prints all of this stuff (4 days a week). At my late stage in life I am still interested in the comics and the obituaries. Seth Borenstein, not so much.

    • Graeme No.3 permalink
      February 16, 2022 7:05 am

      But would Seth Borenstein’s obituary be of interest, even if it didn’t appear on the comics pages?

  12. Tim Leeney permalink
    February 16, 2022 7:34 am

    But what if some of them turn out to be honest, and report what they really find? Have an “anti-mandate” change of heart?

  13. John Peter permalink
    February 16, 2022 7:50 am

    What about Paul commenting on this one?
    “The Climate Intelligence Foundation (CLINTEL) has cataloged significant errors in the UN IPCC AR6 Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) and distributed this error listing and analysis to the IPCC Chair and other world leaders to inform them of these errors.

    The identified errors result in the SPM failing to meet standards of objective scientific integrity and therefore misleads world leaders regarding appropriate climate policy by erroneously pointing to a “climate crisis” that does not exist in reality. The seriously flawed SPM is “inappropriately being used to justify drastic social, economic and human changes through severe mitigation, while prudent adaptation” would be much more appropriate.”

    Devastating, but will be ignored by the IPCC Establishment and the AP..

  14. George Lawson permalink
    February 16, 2022 9:48 am

    If their reporting on global warming is not better than the picture above, they will deserve to be ridiculed. The picture is quite obviously photoshopped. It shows the distance scene to look identical to the foreground, and the polar bear standing on a piece of ice no bigger than himself. .

  15. accordionsrule permalink
    February 16, 2022 3:24 pm

    Philanthropy my eye. The Rockefellers and Waltons are just making sure their investments in unreliable energy make them lots of money at ratepayer expense. Can you imagine if oil companies funded dozens of AP reporters to exclusively broadcast news about how fossil fuels makes the world a better place? They should be able to now.

  16. February 16, 2022 8:24 pm

    ‘So what do you do?’
    ‘I’m a climate journalist.’


  17. February 17, 2022 10:30 pm

    Observe how intellectuals of the looter persuasion avoid saying altruism.


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