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More Perspective on Slate’s “News” Reporting


The other day I noted Slate’s attempt to cover Mobile Future’s alleged non-disclosure of its ties to Verizon and AT&T. In it, I noted the lack of disclosure that every source Allan Holmes quoted is funded by The Ford Foundation.

A friend notes that I actually missed a detail.

This story was published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit, nonpartisan investigative news organization in Washington, D.C.  Allan Holmes covers broadband and Internet governance for the Center for Public Integrity.

And why is that important? Well, there’s this: http://www.fordfoundation.org/grants/grantdetails?grantid=119215

Yup, it turns out that not only is everyone quoted a direct recipient of Ford Foundation funding, so is the Slate reporter. So here’s the full story.

  • Foundation has millions invested in companies that would benefit from a particular change in government spectrum policy.
  • Foundation funds studies of spectrum policies.
  • Foundation funds advocacy groups to advocate in support of their position.
  • Foundation funds “journalist” to write stories supporting their position and promoting advocacy groups supportive of their position.
  • Journalist writes diligently writes story doing so under the guise of questioning the other guy’s integrity.

That’s how the left operates. Welcome to the pinnacle of hypocrisy.



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