As at least five journalists leave the liberal news site in protest against covert funding by the National Bank, a pro government analyst calls them hypocrites.
On 888, Gábor G. Fodor describes the resignation of a group of VS journalists as an act of cynicism. He does not believe that the ‘allegedly brilliant’ liberal journalists were unaware of the source of their own monthly incomes. (The foundations set up by the National Bank were compelled by the court to make public their budgets, and VS turned out to be one of the enterprises they sponsored. See BudaPost, April 26). Fodor lists three independent news outlets owned by either American-Hungarian philanthropist George Soros (444), former Fidesz Tycoon Lajos Simicska (Magyar Nemzet and Heti Válasz) or financier Zoltán Spéder (Index), and asks whether their journalists have ever inquired about the deeds of their owners. He concludes that their criticism of the government is disingenuous, while 888 at least does not want to appear something other than it is.