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Media Mogul Finances NWO; Turner's UN Turn

  • When does a big-hearted philanthropist become a tax-dodging internationalist?
By Warren Hough

Although TV tycoon Ted Turner's pledge to donate an eye-popping $1 billion to the United Nations has drawn a chorus of praise from the mainstream media, this pricey proof of the cable news mogul's one-world allegiance is bad news for Americans, a SPOTLIGHT inquiry has found.

"Turner says $1 billion is not much, it's merely the amount of his personal capital gains this year," says Rolon Durdin, a financial analyst who monitors media stocks for a major Wall-Street brokerage.

If true, then this $1 billion is not really a private gift, Durdin argues.

"Turner owes a lot of money to the tax breaks Congress has been showering on profiteers and speculators and to the American workers on whom most of the tax burden now falls," he explained.

By transferring his gargantuan gains to an insatiable international bureaucracy, Turner is making sure they will not benefit his fellow ditizens in any way, Durdin noted.

There won't even be any of the so-called "trickle-down effect" Reaganite economists used to cite to justify the plunder of larcenous financiers such as Micheal Milken, who is now one of Turner's trusted advisers, the Wall Street veteran pointed out.

Nor does Turner's claim that his largess will do "much good around the world" stand up to scrutiny, The SPOTLIGHT's inquiry found.

UN aid, relief and development assistance has had a "pernicious effect" in a great many trouble spots and Third World countries, a recent survey by Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt, a respected World Band consultant, indicated.

The main problem is not just the "wastefulness and corruption" inherent in the far-flung operations of this international bureaucracy, Eberstadt noted. The real problem is that UN aid is more often than not accompanied by wrong, unrealistic and self-defeating directives that do more harm than good.

"Adverse policies and malign practices imposed by UN bureaucrats can pervert the development of backward nations, slow economic growth, cripple productive domestic enterprises and generally impoverish the recipient countries, instead of helping them," Eberstadt concluded.


Moreover, UN operations are notorious for their lack of accountability, the study reports.

"It is often extraordinarily difficult for donors [the governments and contributors who procide the funding] to find out ehere their money has gone or what it has achieved," the report warns.

For someone like Turner or similar benefactors, ignorance may be bliss suggest another recent study which points out that in reality international bureaucrats tend to spend most of their budgets on themselves.

In a detailed audit of the World Health Organization (WHO), a major UN relief agency, Dr. Richard Wagner, professor of economics at George Mason University, found that bloated staff salaries, first-class travel, endless meetings in some of the world's most luxurious hotels, and similar expenses designed to improve the lifestyle of UN officials ate up most of WHO's funds.

"My examination shows that WHO is run principally for the benefit of its own officials and some strong interest groups," Wagner concluded. "WHO's pattern of activities does not justify the support it receives from U.S. taxpayers."

At the UN agency's Geneva headquarters, the average yearly wage of lower- level office workers who make up two-thirds of WHO's (category P2 through P5) is a whopping 149,200 -- more than the pay of New York city's mayor, Wagner[s audit found.

More than $1 million has been spent on official travel, plush meetings, and lavish meals for international public health bureaucrats to develop WHO's so-called helmet initiative -- a bureaucratic boondoggle designed to promote the use of helmets among bikers and motorcyclists worldwide.

"The United Nations has become a Kafkaesque bureaucracy beset by inefficiency, systemic corruption, and misconceived programs,' warned Stefan Halper, a Washington foreign affairs analyst who served an assistant secretary of state and an overseer of international organizations during the two Reagan administrations. "Attempts to reform the UN have failed."

So have attempts to rein in the erratic and expensive giveaways of "world citizens" like Turner, whose globalist generosity leaves him with little to give his own countrymen except a daily dose of cable news with a heavy internationalist slant.