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June 19, 2023

The Free Beacon: Nearly 100% of "Fact"-Checkers' Political Donations Went to the Political Party They Always Claim Is Honest and Accurate

Plot twist!

Nearly 100 percent of political donations from self-identified fact checkers--including those whose employers claim journalistic neutrality--go to Democrats, a Washington Free Beacon analysis of federal campaign finance disclosures found.

The Free Beacon reviewed political donations over the past four election cycles from those who identified their occupation as "fact checker." $22,580 of the $22,683 in political donations that came from self-identified fact checkers during that time--a whopping 99.5 percent--went to Democrats and liberal groups. Only three of the fact checker donations made during that period went to Republicans. Top recipients include socialist Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, who during the seven-year period received ten times more fact checker money than every Republican combined.

The findings contradict claims of neutrality from top fact-checking operations. Fact checkers for the New York Times and Reuters, for example, contributed to President Joe Biden, failed South Carolina Democratic Senate candidate Jaime Harrison, and liberal Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign. The Times fact checker, Cecilia Nowell, contributed three times to Warren's failed presidential bid from 2019 to 2020 and still accepts "fact-checking assignments" from the outlet on a freelance basis, according to her LinkedIn. Reuters, meanwhile, from 2020 to 2021 employed Carrie Monahan, daughter of veteran journalist Katie Couric, as a "fact check producer." Monahan during that time contributed to Biden, Harrison, and Georgia Democratic senator Jon Ossoff.

Both the Times and Reuters say they approach fact checking in an unbiased and balanced manner. Those organizations and others, however, have a long history of botched fact checks on high-profile conservatives.

In a 2020 fact check, for instance, the Times accused Arkansas senator Tom Cotton of flirting with conspiracy theories when the Republican suggested that COVID-19 may have originated in a Chinese research lab. Federal investigations have since corroborated the lab leak theory Cotton promoted.

Fact checkers working for Facebook, meanwhile, last year erroneously designated as misinformation a Free Beacon report on Biden's Department of Health and Human Services, which was set to fund the distribution of safe smoking kits with crack pipes. Facebook's fact checker, Lead Stories, kept the piece in place even after the Free Beacon proved that federally-funded harm reduction organizations distributed crack pipes.

There are a lot more "fact" checkers now, too -- quite a few new names in the game you might not know -- due to the explosion of (state-funded) growth in the Censorship-Industrial Complex, more and more bitter-ender leftists have gotten jobs OWNING THE CONS as part of the "neutral and objective" "anti-disinformation" industry. The Free Beacon searches for the donations of these "fact" checkers too, and finds the "anti-disinformation" propagandists donate nearly 100% to the Democrats.


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