Rosenthal Alves is a good example of cooperation among the UT establishment, the Texas Tribune, and leftist donors.
Alves is an original board member for the Texas Tribune with close ties to George Soros’s Open Society Institute and to the Knight Foundation.
Alves is also the Director of UT Austin’s Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas. The Open Society Institute, along with the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas, sponsored a conference on press freedom in Latin America.
The Knight Foundation is a philanthropic organization that primarily gives money to journalistic endeavors, though it gives to other causes too. One of its beneficiaries is The Progressive, a left wing online publication that also receives funds from The Open Society Institute (Soros), the Tides Foundation (Soros), and a bevy of other left wing donors.
Alves was the Chair of a 2002 search committee for a new UT Austin School of Journalism Director.
The Texas Tribune recently secured a grant from the Open Society Institute.
Alves shows the close connection between leftist donors, the Texas Tribune, and the UT establishment. The UT establishment and the Texas Tribune (and we can only assume the leftist donors who fund them) have loudly opposed the Board of Regents in their efforts to bring accountability to UT.