WASHINGTON—Accuracy in Media (AIM) is now reporting that the Rockefeller Brothers Fund provided $11,000 to NBC News reporter Linda Fasulo to produce a book on the United Nations. Fasulo, who also reports for MSNBC and National Public Radio, received a separate grant of $15,000 from Ted Turner’s U.N. Foundation. “That’s a total of $26,000 from pro-U.N. sources to a reporter who is supposed to objectively cover the U.N.,” declared Cliff Kincaid, AIM editor. Kincaid called the financial arrangement “a conflict of interest that calls into question the network’s coverage of U.N. issues.”
Kincaid said that a Rockefeller official revealed that the $11,000 was channeled through the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and that Fasulo was listed as “project director” and “consultant” for the book project. The official said she had not yet seen a copy of the book, which was published last year. The book glorifies U.N. chief Kofi Annan and whitewashes his role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide that cost almost one million lives. The book features an endorsement from former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
Last night, during an appearance on Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor Kincaid said, “The problem is that any news organization that is expected to cover the United Nations objectively should not have a U.N. correspondent taking money?” Kincaid continued, “the acknowledgement section of the book only says that she acknowledges generous financial support from the U.N. Foundation set-up by Turner and the Rockefeller Brother Fund. No amounts were given.” He continued, “When The New York Sun followed up on [AIM’s] original report by asking how much money she actually got, she didn’t want to say.”
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