Stenographers to Power: MLive and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation

Stenographers to Power: MLive and the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation
by Jeff Smith (GRIID)
Yesterday, MLive ran an interesting piece about the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation. I say interesting, because the MLive reported frames the issue this way:9082_npiccover_display

There’s no question Dick and Betsy DeVos garner lots of attention — and criticism — for their outsized political donations. But those are pocket change compared to their charitable contributions, which add up to nearly $139 million over their lifetimes.

What the MLive reported has done is to someone separate the direct political campaign contributions from Dick and Betsy DeVos from the foundation giving, suggesting that their foundation giving is merely charitable and not political. In addition, the MLive reported then makes the claim that couple gives way more money that is charity-based, unlike the political contributions, which the writer refers to as “pocket change.”

Ultimately, the reporter from MLive, has either failed to understand the nature and function of foundations or they are compromised into protecting power, or maybe both.

As we have noted in previous postings… (read more of this post)

Grand Rapids Institute for Information Democracy

Yesterday, MLive ran an interesting piece about the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation.  I say interesting, because the MLive reporter frames the issue this way:9082_npiccover_display

There’s no question Dick and Betsy DeVos garner lots of attention — and criticism — for their outsized political donations. But those are pocket change compared to their charitable contributions, which add up to nearly $139 million over their lifetimes.

What the MLive reporter has done is to somehow separate the direct political campaign contributions from Dick and Betsy DeVos from the foundation giving, suggesting that their foundation giving is merely charitable and not political. In addition, the MLive reporter then makes the claim that couple gives way more money that is charity-based, unlike the political contributions, which the writer refers to as “pocket change.”

Ultimately, the reporter from MLive, has either failed to understand the nature and function of foundations or they are…

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