So he funded the earliest version of a “hate crime” database, but according to Richard Tofel, the president of ProPublica, a founding partner and a recipient of the largess of Soros foundation grants, the database is not an effort to collect statistical data, but instead they are simply “soliciting people’s stories.”
Those “stories” are then made available to leading media outlets where reporters can then supposedly sift through the “stories” and weed out the hoaxes from the legitimate cases.
But, Soros and media pals sure missed the boat on the Jussie Smollett hoax!
How many more of the “stories” collected by the project known as “Documenting Hate” are hoaxes as well?
Reporter Joe Schoffstall at the Washington Free Beacon did some digging and this is what he learned,
Soros Bankrolled Unverified ‘Hate Crime’ Database Used by Major Media Outlets
Liberal billionaire George Soros bankrolled 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 American–Islamic 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.”
“Reliable data on hate crimes is hard to come by. As reports of racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic harassment and attacks poured in after the election of Donald Trump, many Americans wondered whether they represented a nationwide increase in hate crime,” the Times editorial board wrote. “While the Southern Poverty Law Center saw a dramatic increase in reports after the election, it’s not yet clear whether this indicates a nationwide trend.”
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.
When asked about the SPLC’s role in the project, Tofel said that they receive stories of alleged “hate crime” incidents from the group. He added that an “overwhelming majority” of incidents comes from media partners actively soliciting tips. “Documenting Hate” also counts other left-wing groups such as CAIR, Anti-Defamation League, Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the Human Rights Campaign as partners.
Tofel specified that the database is not an effort to collect statistical data, but rather “soliciting people’s stories,” which includes individuals reporting their own alleged experiences or experiences they have observed.