Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dark Money Knight

Who finances the fact checkers?
Ibarguen’s Knight Foundation has funded the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, a major financier to PolitiFact, Facebook’s newly announced “fake news” fact-checker. PolitiFact, according to its website, “is a project of the Tampa Bay Times.”

“The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has supported our efforts to fact-check political content on the publishing platform Medium,” reads the “who pays for PolitiFact” section of the website.

Indeed, Iberguen’s Knight Foundation donated $140,000 to Politifact to fund efforts to “fact-check claims made by the 2016 presidential candidates.”
A little fact funding goes a long way...

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