by Penka Arsova
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is funding fact-checkers and news organizations that often defend and cover the billionaire favorably, according to a detailed analysis by the Columbia Journalism Review.
The story: The foundation sends money to newsrooms either via grants or contracts and while the grants are public the contracts are not. The CJR found that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has given $250 million of 20,000 charitable grants to news organizations, fact-checkers, projects affiliated with journalism, and charitable groups related to news outlets.
BBC, NBC, Al Jazeera, ProPublica, National Journal, The Guardian, Univision, Medium, the Financial Times, The Atlantic, and the Texas Tribune, have all taken money from Gates’ foundation, as well as the journalistic organizations Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the National Press Foundation, and the International Center for Journalists.