News Organizations on Defense After Kentucky Governor's Bias Accusations
By Christal Hayes
Kentucky's governor wasn't pleased to hear the state's largest newspaper, the Louisville Courier Journal, was partnering with ProPublica to investigate a state-run government agency.
Republican Gov. Matt Bevin posted a series of tweets attacking both news organizations and recorded a three-minute video on social media detailing his disdain for both outlets, which he characterized as biased.
"Who is holding the Courier Journal accountable?" Bevin questions in the video as he segued into his questions about the founders of ProPublica, alleging that it's supported by "George, I hate America, Soros," a billionaire supporter of the Democratic Party.
ProPublica lists that Soros' Open Society Foundations funds less than 2 percent of the company's operations. Since its founding in 2007, the non-profit has won four Pulitzer Prizes, journalism's highest honor. The Courier Journal, which is part of the USA TODAY Network, has won 10 Pulitzers over its 150-year history.