If you believe the headlines, the News & Record now has a full-time environment reporter.

The headline in Sunday’s edition of the N&R states, “Meet our climate change, environment reporter.”

However, if you read the article, which is really more of a column, you will find that the headline is misleading.  The N&R doesn’t in fact have a climate change and environment reporter, its sister paper the Winston-Salem Journal does.  Of course, to be fair, the N&R doesn’t have an editor either, the Winston-Salem Journal does.

So this might be seen as the two papers both owned by Lee Enterprises moving ever closer to becoming one.

But the article also states that the reporter, John Deem, is not like the other reporters for the N&R and WSJ in that his salary is funded, not by Lee Enterprises, but by two far-left foundations.

The article/column that Deem wrote about himself states, “The newly created position, funded by a grant from 1Earth Fund and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation will be based at the Winston-Salem Journal, but I will be covering stories throughout the Triad and northwest North Carolina.”

Any pretense of unbiased reporting is dead.  If Deem’s editorializing on the news pages on climate change doesn’t jibe with the beliefs of the 1Earth Fund and the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, they can pull the funding and Deem is out of work.  So who is his boss, the editors of the WSJ or the people paying his salary?

If these foundations are allowed to “hire” their own reporter at the N&R and WSJ, that opens the door for other foundations to hire their own reporters, as well.

Why spend money on advertising, when you can spend that same money to hire a reporter and have the beliefs of your organization reported as news?

The William J. Clinton Foundation or the Bloomberg Foundation could hire a reporter to cover the 2022 political races in North Carolina.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative or the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could easily fund teams of reporters and editors to report the “news” from their point of view.

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice could hire reporters to cover their court cases.

Newspapers that have been struggling financially for years because of diminishing advertising sales could greatly reduce their overhead by having foundations foot the bill for their entire newsroom.

It opens whole new doors.  Imagine the Rams Club, the Wolfpack Club or the Iron Dukes funding sports reporters.

Some professional athletes could easily fund their own personal sports reporter.