LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin blasted a Louisville newspaper’s partnership with a Pulitzer Prize-winning news organization in a new Facebook video.
Bevin’s post Wednesday night was in response to the Courier Journal’s announced partnership with ProPublica, a nonprofit investigative publication which subsidizes and assists newsrooms across the country with local investigations.
(Watch his video below; story continues below the video player)
The Gannett-owned newspaper announced Wednesday morning that it was one of 14 local news organization selected by ProPublica for a year-long reporting partnership, which includes financial support from the nonprofit. The topic of the Courier-Journal’s reporting project was not announced, only that it would focus on state government.
ProPublica has won four Pulitzer Prizes and numerous other awards since it began reporting in 2008. The nonprofit is funded by numerous foundations and several thousand donors.
Bevin’s criticism of ProPublica focused on three of its largest donors: George Soros, as well as Herbert and Marion Sandler. Soros is a billionaire known for funding Democratic political candidates and progressive causes. The Sandlers ran Golden West Financial, a firm that pioneered a host of subprime mortgage products that many analysts say helped spark the 2008 financial crisis.
In his video, Bevin said, “This is the sad reality that the Courier Journal, that pretends it’s an actual news organization, or a publication, is so remarkably biased, they are now fully in bed with this particular organization, ProPublica.”
Bevin, who in the past has referred to reporters as “snarky losers” and “cicadas,” urged viewers to disregard any future reporting by the paper.
On Twitter, ProPublica had this response:
ProPublica also posted several follow-up tweets to that post: