White House-Linked Groups Bankroll New ‘Fact Checking Network’
A new global news fact checking project announced yesterday by the Poynter Institute will be funded by two organizations with close ties to the Obama White House.
The project, which purports to be focused on holding public officials accountable, “is funded by grants from the Omidyar Network and the National Endowment for Democracy, and “it will support and study the work of 64 fact-checking organizations spanning six continents,” according to the Poynter Institute’s website.
The Omidyar Network is headed up by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Visitor logs reveal that Omidyar has visited the White House half a dozen times since 2009, with other members of the organization having also visited an additional seven times.
“To put the numbers in perspective, Omidyar’s six visits compare to four visits during the same period by NBCUniversal chief Stephen Burke, two by Fox News boss Roger Ailes, two by MSNBC’s Phil Griffin, one by New York Times owner Arthur O Sulzberger, and one each by Dow Jones’ Robert Thompson, Gannett/USA Today’s Gracia Martore and Omidyar’s fellow tech billionaire turned media owner, Jeff Bezos,” reports Pando.com.
President Obama also personally appointed Omidyar to sit on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Omidyar’s White House visits included conversations focused on the “Omidyar Network’s desire to shape US foreign policy.”
Documents also show how Omidyar, along with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), funded revolutionary groups that were involved in the overthrow of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych last year.
The National Endowment for Democracy, the other group behind the “fact checking” project,” is considered to be the CIA’s “civilian arm” and has been deeply embroiled in innumerable instigated uprisings, attempted coups and acts of regime change since its creation in 1983, including the contrived 2004 “Orange Revolution” that brought US puppet Viktor Yushchenko to power in Ukraine, as well as the more recent uprising in Kiev.
As Ron Paul explains, the NED is a ‘new kind of CIA’ that funds and promotes “regime change” operations worldwide. The notion that a “fact checking” project bankrolled by the NED is in any way independent or impartial is ludicrous.
“The misnamed National Endowment for Democracy (NED) is nothing more than a costly program that takes US taxpayer funds to promote favored politicians and political parties worldwide. The NED injects “soft money” into the domestic elections of foreign countries in favor of one party or the other,” reports theMassPrivateI blog.
The Poynter Institute is also funded by the Knight Foundation, which is closely affiliated with the Department of Homeland Security. Kawika Riley, a Fellow of the Poynter Institute, has also done volunteer work with the DHS.
Just as the CIA’s Operation Mockingbird sought to secretly influence media from the 1950’s onwards, these connections clearly illustrate how the Poynter Institute’s ‘news fact checking’ project will undoubtedly be an exercise in spin and manipulation.