Craigslist Founder Donates $1 Million to Fight ‘Fake News’

Craigslist Founder Donates $1 Million to Fight ‘Fake News’

Craig Newmark, Founder of CraigsList

After donating $1 million earlier this year to $1 million to the Wikimedia Foundation, the operations of Wikipedia, Craig Newmark, founder of CraigsList donated $1 million to the Poynter Institute to “support a five-year journalism ethics program focused on verification, fact-checking and accountability in journalism.”

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Poynter announced Monday that it will use the funds to hire a faculty member for the new position of Craig Newmark Chair in Journalism Ethics. The institute will develop “ethics certificates and badges to journalists and media organizations that commit to ethical decision-making practices.” The Craig Newmark Chair will guide the new ethics program.

The donation was hailed as the largest since the institute’s founding in 1975. Nelson Poynter created the Institute, to which he transferred ownership of the Tampa Bay Times, then called the St. Petersburg Times. The donation comes shortly after an October announcement that the Times will cut staff back to 2015 levels….

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As noted on the Poynter Institute‘s website:

Poynter will develop ethics certificates and badges to journalists and media organizations that commit to ethical decision-making practices. The Institute will host an annual conference on ethics issues over the next five years. The ethics chair also will write regularly on, the leading news and information site for the media industry, and provide ethics training across Poynter’s in-person and online curriculum. The ethics chair will also conduct related research and publish an annual white paper examining the state of ethics in American journalism. Poynter expects to make this ethics chair a permanent faculty position and will identify funding over the next five years.

While the donations are admirable, what exactly is the intent of the CraigsList founder who says that he wants “to stand up for trustworthy journalism, and … against deceptive and fake news.”

After all, CraigsList is ground zero for ads placed by Progressives looking for astroturf to stage rallies, protests and overall chaos in the streets of America…for starters.

Then there is Wikipedia whose content is selective, questionable, contains mountains of propaganda and Progressive revisionist history.

Fake protests, fake rallies, fake outrage and fake information. FAKE! (Just saying.)


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