Accuracy in Media

Without any notice or critical comment from the mainstream media, two groups funded by billionaires have launched clever public relations campaigns designed to shake down American taxpayers for more money for the U.N. It’s all in the name of fighting poverty and disease, of course.

The campaigns have unfolded as the U.N. prepares to install as its new Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, a South Korean government official who favors an international tax on airline travel. His support for global taxes was a detail that somehow didn’t get mentioned in major media stories about his selection as U.N. chief.

First, something called the “Millennium Campaign” has been urging achievement of the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, admitting that “the MDGs will require more resources from the U.S. and other rich nations.” How much? U.N. adviser Jeffrey Sachs has said a global energy tax will be necessary to force the U.S. to provide an additional $845 billion in foreign aid.

The U.S. contact for the campaign is Carol Welch, an adviser to Americans for Informed Democracy (AID), a group supported by a large number of liberal foundations, including the Open Society Institute, the Ford Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Planethood Foundation, the Ploughshares Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Stanley Foundation, and Ted Turner’s United Nations Foundation.

The Open Society Institute is, of course, the primary financial vehicle for billionaire George Soros to spread his money and influence in the U.S. and around the world.

We couldn’t find much about the Planethood Foundation, except for its membership in a coalition of non-governmental organizations seeking full U.S. participation in the International Criminal Court. Another group associated with AID is Citizens for Global Solutions. That’s the new name of the pro-world government World Federalist Association.

Meanwhile, United Nations Undersecretary-General Anwarul Chowdhury, the high representative for least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states, has endorsed the idea of a “Global Media Compact” to foster awareness of progress in the least developed countries at the U.N. on October 25.

The concept was launched at a luncheon attended by diplomats and members of the media at U.N. World Headquarters in New York, according to a story from United Press International (UPI). Chowdhury “appealed to media outlets to feature stories raising awareness of poverty, disease and hunger in severely underdeveloped countries,” the story said. In other words, this campaign, like the other one, is designed to make “rich” countries cough up more money for the rest of the world.

This campaign is said to be a partnership between the U.N. and a U.S.-based media company, MediaGlobal, which has launched a Web-based “development channel” called

The executive director of MediaGlobal is identified as Nosh Nalavala, who also served as media officer for Chowdhury’s office.

You can find some information about the Media Compact by visiting the Universal Peace Television website, where you can see that UPI, the World & I, the World Peace Herald, and the Universal Peace Federation are listed as sponsors. These publications share one thing in common?they are funded by the Rev. Sun Myung Moon, the billionaire who also underwrites the Washington Times.

Like Rupert Murdoch, Moon is usually labeled a “right-winger.” But Moon has business interests in South Korea and the communist North. He’s been an ardent backer of the U.N. for many years.

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