SF Chronicle-Beacon Reader H-1B Project Funded by Tech Industry

I made a blog post the other day titled, “All the News That’s Fit to Crowdfund,” discussing a project between the San Francisco Chronicle and Beacon Reader. The latter, a new entity, raises funds, presumably from “average Joes,” for small journalistic projects largely regarding immigration, in this case about H-1Bs.

In my post, I had speculated that the Chronicle, though having a history of balanced coverage on the H-1B issue, would tilt much more toward the pro-H-1B side in this instance. Actually, upon a second reading of their announcement, I see that their focus will be totally on H-1Bs and would-be-H-1Bs (the latter being those who are not lucky enough to secure a visa), rather than also covering the adversely impacted U.S. citizens and permanent residents.

That’s fine (though disappointing), but there is something much more important — Beacon has strong ties to the tech industry. Its initial funding is from Y Combinator a famous incubator for tech startups. Y Combinator incubated Dropbox, one of the major driving forces in FWD.us, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s organization that promotes expansive policies on H-1B and immigration in general. In addition, Beacon co-founder Dan Fletcher was formerly managing editor at Facebook. Small world, eh?

In other words, to some degree, the tech industry is determining what Chronicle readers see. The situation is just as troubling as the Washington Monthly project I mentioned in my last posting.

Former FWD.us president Joe Green stated upon the group’s founding that among its “tactical assets” was the fact that “We [the tech industry] control massive distribution channels,,,” Apparently the grand old San Francisco Chronicle is about to become one of those “channels.”


10 thoughts on “SF Chronicle-Beacon Reader H-1B Project Funded by Tech Industry

  1. Cheap labor is useless if you have no customers for your company’s product.

    I am amazed at the lack of unbiased reporting by so called journalists.


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    The National Foundation for American Policy (NFAP) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to public policy research on trade, immigration, education, and other issues of national importance. The organization seeks to expand the debate over the proper role of government on key issues of the day and to engage actively in the media and with the public to ensure its ideas are considered and implemented wherever possible.
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    • H-1B Visas Essential to Attracting and Retaining Talent in America
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    # Why we need volunteer for this influx ???
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    • (http://www.issuelab.org/resource/using_volunteers_in_naturalization_workshops)

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    Sen, Cruz in this YouTube Video @ 2.08 mentioning data from this National Foundation for American Policy:

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    Indian born people come here to study in best University to destroy America???????????????? FREE TRADE, What???

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      • Ditto, although the references to Ronald Reagan and free trade implies a bias. But what are they saying on this issue?

        Are they suggesting that it’s OK for entrepreneurs to buy newspapers and promote “the power of the market” and advocate that “the role of entrepreneurs and individual investors remains central to prosperity. As, too, is the flow and movement of goods and people.”?

        Sounds like it, although with all that obfuscation it’s hard to tell. These aren’t bad objectives, but unregulated, they usually end up benefiting the 1% at the expense of the 99%.

        Regardless, buying the news to push an agenda is not good for democracy.


  3. This reminds me a great deal of the “astroturf” propaganda campaign that Microsoft paid for in the 1990’s, in which “little old ladies” and “young techies” were writing “grass roots” pro-Microsoft letters to newspapers all over the country… for a price!! This was an effort to sway the Courts from ruling against Microsoft in their monopoly trial(s).


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