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PBS & NPR Reporting on Manufactured Housing News, Pulling Back the Veil

January 29th, 2019 Comments off

 

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For some years, PBS and NPR have covered numerous stories that directly connect to the manufactured housing industry. The screen captures further below will reflect just two of several.

 

 

To be polite, those reports have not been flattering for the manufactured home industry.

To be blunt, those publicly-funded (in part) reports have arguably been a factor why millions of Americans don’t consider manufactured homes or manufactured home community living.

 

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Some of those PBS and NPR programs have been deemed spin, or ‘hit pieces’ by professionals within the manufactured housing industry.  Of course, that viewpoint depends on the reader’s/viewer’s perspective.  For example, some consumer groups cheer PBS or NPR reports that manufactured housing industry pros groan about.

 

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It will be recalled, for example, that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) asked Dick Ernst, an association award winner, to speak on behalf of the industry in a PBS news item by Stephen Fee.  See that screen capture below.

 

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Note that MHProNews’ reports and analysis for that search rank immediately below PBS’?  This is a tiny example of why then Tim Williams MHI Chairman was arguably right in saying there is a good case to be made to respond to every problematic report, even though MHI themselves routinely failed to do that…

unless the matter involves a mainstream report about Clayton Homes or their affiliated lenders.  MHI seems willing to respond to certain Clayton-criticizing articles — but that’s not the focus for this analysis, PBS and NPR are.

Starting with the headline, the PBSBad Bargain” report was about financing for manufactured homes, casting the industry’s lending in a negative light.  PBS and NPR have each done news reports on the HUD Code manufactured home industry, which in hindsight, have regularly been unfavorable.

 

 

Which begs the question, why?

When there is an affordable housing crisis, why is publicly supported radio and television often seemingly slanted against the interests of manufactured homes?

As an email to a public official from MHProNews’ publisher stressed today, a proper full implementation of existing laws would arguably save HUD billions a year, while fueling up to $2 trillion dollars a year in new economic growth, essentially without taxpayer funding being needed.

 

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In a fresh Daily Business News (DBN) on MHProNews  readers learned that no less than 10 positive reports were produced about manufactured homes and manufactured home living last year. Actually, there were far more, but those 10 cited were routinely from third-party groups, such as Bloomberg, the Urban Institute, or the National Association of Realtors. That same DBN report said that positive third-party studies about HUD Code manufactured housing have been going on for no less than 20 years.

So, if third-party researchers find manufactured homes to be so positive, why has NPR or PBS focused on seemingly negative items?

This report will begin the process of pulling back the curtain or veil on that question, which is timely, as an upcoming exclusive report planned for tomorrow will make clear.

But a new, related analysis and fact-check report of NPR will reveal some surprises tomorrow.

Let’s follow the facts, claims, and the money-trail on PBS, NPR, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), private funding and what others have said about these quasi-public media sources.

But first, let’s set the table.

 

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Public TV, Radio, Digital Print – Background, Facts, and the Money Trail

PBS is a private, nonprofit media enterprise owned by its member public television stations. PBS distributes programming to nearly 350 locally owned and operated public television stations across the country and is funded principally by these member stations and by CPB.” says the Corporation for Public Broadcasting FAQ page. 

Wikipedia says that “PBS is funded by member station dues, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, corporate contributions, National Datacast, pledge drives, private foundations and individual citizens. All proposed funding is subjected to a set of standards to ensure the program is free of influence from the funding source.” Seriously? If some mega-donor has an obvious interest in a news item, is the seasoned thinking viewer supposed to believe that donors have zero influence over how a story is covered?

Forbes said on Oct 16, 2011 that “NPR and PBS offer some of the very best news and programming on television and radio today, even if some shows slant to the left.”

By contrast, TruthOut said in an article entitled “The Corporate Dictatorship of PBS and NPR” that “PBS is blowing it, and their decision not to air a documentary on the Koch brothers is pretty horrifying proof of it.”

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) receives federal funding for public media, which also receives private donor support.

CPB invests limited funds in the production of innovative, diverse content that aligns with public media’s mission—to provide universal access to high-quality educational programming in the United States, especially to underserved audiences,” says the CPB’s website.

Stations leverage each $1 of federal funding to raise over $6 from other sources — including state and local governments, philanthropic foundations, private businesses, and universities — a tremendous return on the taxpayer investment,” per the CPB.

Individual contributions are the largest source of revenue for public media entities, which primarily come through membership donations to local stations. CPB also supports local public media stations. In fact, by law, 95 percent of CPB’s appropriation from the federal government goes to support local television and radio stations, programming, and improvements to the public broadcasting system.” The CPB website also says that “The programs that you hear and see on your favorite public broadcasting stations come from a variety of sources including PBS, NPR, American Public Media, the National Minority Consortia, local stations such as WGBH, WNET, WBEZ and WNYC…”

 

Initial Takeaways?

Forbes is considered a right of center media outlet. TruthOut is from the opposite end of the spectrum, self-described progressive media.  But the reality is that you can find conservative criticism of NPR and PBS, and left-wing praise too.

 

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But what initially emerges are these points.

  • There are absolutely those voices – including from mainstream media – the believe that PBS and NPR do have a bias, and that they can be influenced by their donors.
  • As MHProNews has noted for years, these outlets seem to have a bias against manufactured housing professionals but are okay – for example – with Resident Owned Communities (ROCs).
  • The screen captures above reflect what other recent MHProNews reports have documented, that the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) or the Berkshire brands in manufactured housing have not defended the industry from negative attacks that even Tim Williams/21st President and CEO said could make sense.

With this backdrop, tomorrow we plan an eye opening report that may rock some boats in the manufactured housing world.  If you aren’t already on our industry-leading emailed headline news updates, you can sign up at the link below.

 

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One point that billionaires Warren Buffett and Donald J. Trump – before becoming president – both said in their own words was this.  It pays to know as much as you can about your own profession, said billionaire Trump.   Buffett said he reads 5 to 6 hours a day. Both believe it pays to know about the various forces that impact or influence your profession.

So, for savvy professionals, it pays to read and share with your circle reports like this – and the revelations that will follow tomorrow, as we continue to pull back the curtain on PBS, NPR and how it influences manufactured housing. Stay tuned.

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Expose! Why Has Warren Buffett/BH Funded Anti-MHC Activists, MHAction? Why Fund Attacks on ELS, Frank Rolfe, Blackstone Group?

October 20th, 2018 Comments off

 

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Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.

 

On the surface, it sounds preposterous.

Or even bizarre.

Why would billionaire Warren Buffett, his family, and related foundations make ‘charitable’ contributions of Berkshire Hathaway stocks, cash, and/or grants to a left-wing activist-organizations that in turn paid MHAction, which disrupted HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s address to the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI)?

 

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That’s where the news tip, facts, and evidence point to – in what could develop into the biggest manufactured housing exposé since Smoking Gun 3.

It was a resident group member that tipped the Daily Business News on MHProNews to the statements by the president of the Golden State Manufactured-Home Owner League (GSMOL) that MHAction – Manufactured Housing Action – was getting funding from the Tides Foundation.

 

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Among the donors to the leftist Tides?

The NoVo Foundation, with Warren’s son Peter and his wife as organization’s Co-Presidents. In the year shown, Buffett backed NoVo Foundation gave millions of dollars toward the Tides.  See that new report on MHLivingNews, at the link below.

 

Manufactured Home Resident Group President Cautions Against MHAction, Surprising Background Reveal to Manufactured Housing Action

 

The Tides in turn gave to MHAction, stated the GSMOL President Michelle Smith.

Smith blasted MHAction for trying to wrongfully take credit for work that they – GSMOL – had in fact done.

What Smith didn’t say was the “dark money” trail from Buffett – who’s Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate owns Clayton Homes, 21st and Vanderbilt, among several other firms connected to manufactured housing – has purportedly funded MHAction.

 

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But Tides and groups funded by Buffett and billionaire George Soros haven’t funded through intermediaries  MHAction alone.  There are other radical activist groups that have been funded too.

We didn’t want the details to leak before publishing this, but soon plan to ask how

  1. Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS),
  2. “Frank & Dave,” RVHorizons, and Mobile Home University (MHU),
  3. or the Blackstone Group

feel about having Berkshire money flowing into anti-business protests that have been aimed at them?

MHAction, as MHProNews has previously reported, protested each of those groups. See the video above for one example, with more in the related reports, further below the by line.

Further, the Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has elevated Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA-D).  Warren, was a keynote for an MHAction and other radical activist groups address.

 

Facts & Analysis – Senator Elizabeth Warren re: Manufactured Housing Institute Memo to MHI Members, 10-3-2018

 

‘Pay More Attention to what People Do…’ and ‘Follow the Money.’ 

You decide if Marty Lavin’s dictum applies.

 

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Ask yourself. Do these Marty Lavin dictums apply in these cases?  Some of the same people who make left-wing protests against ‘capitalists’ are funded by left-wing billionaires.  Can you spell ‘head fake?’  Can you spell ‘con game?’

 

 

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Where’s the Logic?

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MHAction – through the Tides Foundations, and via other mechanisms – are connected

  • to Black Lives Matter,
  • New York Communities for Change (NYCC),
    AntiFa (so-called Antifascists, who ironically use the brownshirt and violent tactics that fascists used),
  • and other radical – sometimes violent and destructive  – groups.  It should be noted that NYCC and others spun off from ACORN, which was disbanded after allegations of voter fraud, and other illegalities surfaced.

The above facts appears to confirm the oblique links between Buffett’s billions and those of left-wing activist billionaire, George Soros.

 

 

GSMOL, Other Resident Groups Should Be Disturbed

It’s no secret that the Western Manufactured Housing Communities Association (WHA) and GSMOL are often at loggerheads with each other.

But are each group missing something in this revelation?

How is it that Democrats are getting backers like:

  • billionaires Buffett and Soros,
  • state resident groups are also often backing Democratic candidates?
  • In California, sources say that the WMA backs Democrats too.
  • Who is fooling whom?

 

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When you look at the pieces of the puzzle, it makes you think back to corruption of Tammany Hall,” said L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach, publisher of MHProNews, manufactured home industry consultant, service provider, and expert.

 

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How is it that members of the Delaware Manufactured Home Owners Association (DMHOA) failed to realize the import of their own statements? Didn’t they realize that Democrats have the lion share of the PAC money in the U.S., and apparently in their state?

 

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The comment above was said with respect to another recent topic, but relates to this issue too.

 

Why are there so many cases of both residents and industry insiders backing the same party’s candidates?

 

MH Communities, Owners, MH Independents Alert – NMHOA and MHAction Next Steps? – Part 1

 

Paying to Stir Up Trouble…

Manufactured housing is a microcosm of what is taking place in other parts of the national scene.  There are paid agitators in Washington, D.C. and other places. There are organizations that have formed with money from billionaires and others that are organizing the protests that disrupted

 

 

More on this in the days ahead. But suffice it to say for today that the billionaires are paying to stir up trouble for the members of the industry on several levels.

Part of the image issue of our industry is fueled by the protests of MHAction and others.  That impacts not only those who are being protested, but arguably, the industry at large.

And the party that Buffett and Soros backs are the Democrats.  The Democrats are the ‘beneficiaries’ of AntiFa and related groups, that operate similarly to how MHAction are being used in MHVille. In fact, as a prior report revealed, MHAction attends other leftist groups protests, and vice versa.

Where is MHI on this?  Oh, yes, pardon me.  They are being funded by Berkshire Hathaway too.

On MHProNews, we follow the leads, evidence, tips, and money.

 

Clayton Homes and 21st Mortgage’s Manufactured Housing “Spies”

 

So that manufactured housing industry professionals can be alert to the kinds of purported schemes that cost thousands of professionals their businesses, that either sold for a discount, or were closed and lost. See the related reports, linked further below. “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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“Toxic Trailers” – Clayton Homes, Warren Buffett, Kevin Clayton, Clintons – Exposé Videos

September 12th, 2018 Comments off

 

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The terminology in the quotes are inaccurate, but that quote is the exact words several in the media and other investigators shown below used.

From 2010 until 2018, there’s been an ongoing series of governmental, media, and other investigations into the post Haitian tragedy that involved Kevin Clayton, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Warren Buffett’s led Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate which owns Clayton Homes. This Daily Business News report will update and review what was promised, and what took place.

 

The allegations are that billions of dollars were wasted and failed to go to those that needed and were promised post-disaster relief.  This is a useful book-end to the Poverty Inc video, which documented, step-by-step how many poverty and disaster relief programs benefit a few, but fails or makes worse the conditions of those they’re intended to help.  That report, is linked below.

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What Clayton Homes Said…

Recall that a devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010. The first video is from a local media interview with Clayton Homes, and makes an eye-opening point. “Just after the earthquake in Haiti, Clayton Homes contacted The Clinton Foundation…” posted on August 24, 2010.

It all sounds great.

 

But what actually happened?

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One of several potent fact-laces stills  from the video, below.

 

Ben Swann’s Fact Check

Ben Swann’s Reality Check produced what appears to be one of the most compressive and balanced video overview – loaded with facts, visuals and graphics – on the topic so far.  It was produced earlier this year. It frames the issue of Clayton, Berkshire, the Clintons, et al by looking at this question, “If Haiti Is a “S***hole” Country, Who Is Really to Blame?”

It’s powerful.  The video above is loaded with details like graphic in the still below.

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Don’t miss a minute of this eye-opening exposé.

 

Democracy Now – A Pro-Democratic Group – Spotlighted Warren Buffett, Clayton Homes, and the Clinton Foundation

U.S. and Canadian reports connected to this next video interview, shown below, are the ones that used the phrase “toxic trailers,” quoted in our headline, above.

That this scandal didn’t end is underscored by the CNN video, shown below, which said last year that federal investigators are looking into related issues.

 

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Pro-Clinton and pro-Democratic CNN produced this next video report last year, that spotlighted that federal authorities are actively investigating allegations of corruption related to the Clinton Foundation.

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Inside Haiti’s “Hurricane Proof” Clayton Homes “Toxic Trailers”

This video by CCIR, and gives some additional inside and outside views of this problematic issue.

 

Former Haitian Senate President Bernard Sansaricq weighs in on the Clinton Foundation’s Haitian Relief Effort Controversy

You can feel the outrage, years after the 2010 disaster, in this video interview with an elected Haitian leader that the Clinton’s allegedly tried to buy off before the 2016 election.

 

Boldly Misleading?  Warren Buffett Promotes Hillary Clinton, Slams Donald Trump

Honesty is a very expensive gift. Do not expect it from cheap people,” said Warren Buffett as one of his quotes related to protection of reputation.

 

Marty Lavin has said, “Pay more attention to what people do than what they say.”  Buffett preaches against making headlines for questionable business reasons, and yet Wells Fargo and even more often, Clayton Homes, has been involved in scandals and allegations that have resulted in legal, regulatory actions – alone with negative publicity.

Buffett actively supported Clinton and Democrats in the 2016 election cycle.  While he’s been quieter since Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016, is there any reason to think he’s working for anyone other than those with his long ties to candidates like Secretary Hillary Clinton, or former President Barack Obama?

 

Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton Makes it Clear, These Investigations Are On-Going

In this next video, Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton is talking about the Clinton Foundation, and their ongoing investigation into the allegations of misuse of funds connected with the Haitian disaster relief.

There are more video reports like these, but these provide the most comprehensive review of what the various sources have said.

 

What’s Next?

Sources across the left-right media divide – including the Seattle Times, Guru Focus, The Nation and MHProNews – have periodically spotlighted Buffett/Berkshire Hathaway/Clinton/Clayton Homes related scandals.  See related reports, linked below.

So, don’t think that a period of quiet in the mainstream means that these scandals, which often yield negative headlines for the industry, are over.  There are indictors that more black-eye headlines are ahead.

There are several indications that the issues could be heating back up.  Stay tuned, because who else in MHVille’s trade media bring you reports about conglomerates like Berkshire Hathaway – other than this source?  “We Provide, You Decide.” © ## (News, analysis, and commentary.)

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