International Fact-Checking Network doesn't "check out"

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International Fact-Checking Network doesn't "check out"

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What is the fact-checking network?
The International Fact-Checking Network is a unit of the Poynter Institute dedicated to bringing together fact-checkers worldwide.
https://www.ifcncodeofprinciples.poynter.org

Where is it located?
The Poynter Institute for Media Studies is a non-profit journalism school and research organization located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poynter_Institute

The main problem so far is that they seem to credit anything that agrees with slightly left-centrist corporate news, but conservative news, or independent news or news that investigates the control of news organizations is considered "sketchy", "dubious", "unreliable", "questionable", "suspicious" and so on. This is how IFCN has actually proven itself to be one of the single most biased and non-objective sources for "fact checking" since all the major outlets were consolidated into fewer than ten and now fewer than eight major media companies.

I would be instantly curious about anything labeled "false" by the IFCN. More than likely, it reveals the Florida-based Poynter Institute's interests in maintaining control of a dialogue and narrative around subjects that haven't been settled ― but which they probably wish to be settled on the opinions of the large corporate organizations involved.

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Vaccine Fact Checkers

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Interestingly, vaccines are also said to be involved in the bias of fact checkers today. According to Instagram user @TheFreeThoughtProject:

FactCheck.org is funded by a foundation that holds over $1.8 billion of stock in "a vaccine company". Which would that be?
Annenberg Foundation: $282,930
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: $53,501
And even more than RWJF from Facebook, the spook organization itself!
Source: https://www.factcheck.org/our-funding/
The foundation also founded the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, which publishes a large election survey as well as policy research and papers. The Public Policy Center is best known as the publisher of FactCheck.org, a well-known and sometimes-criticized fact-checking website.
https://www.influencewatch.org/non-prof ... oundation/

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (sometimes credited by the uninformed as a "third party" implying it's unbiased) is run by Richard E. Besser, the former director of the CDC and ABC news "health" specialist. Nearly 15% of the foundation's assets are in Johnson & Johnson, a vaccine manufacturer. (That's because Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson founded Johnson & Johnson! https://pharmaphorum.com/views-analysis ... n-johnson/)

From their own site on the Conflict of Interest subject:
Robert Wood Johnson II established this Foundation exclusively to advance charitable purposes for the public good. The Board of Trustees honors General Johnson’s values by setting the highest ethical standards for the Foundation’s Trustees, non-Trustee advisors to the Board and its committees, and staff. We do this in many ways, including by using the Foundation’s assets prudently and efficiently, by taking measures to assure that decisions are made with integrity and in compliance with law, and by adhering to our Guiding Principles and other policies, including this Conflict of Interest Policy.
https://www.rwjf.org/en/about-rwjf/our- ... ement.html

They take "measures" to be lawful. Yet, all the COVID vaccines are inadequately researched and killing thousands of people in a matter of a few months. Fascinating stuff!

It's interesting how many that seemingly appreciate true corruption investigations are so silent on the subject when so-called "watchdog" organizations show blatant corruption. I'd be curious if anyone has done digging on SourceWatch.org as well. They used to be fairly reliable for finding corruption connections but they seem more hard pressed to go after only half the disturbing trends, because they act partisan while claiming to not do so.

Is there any non-partisan fact checking? Maybe only in truly independent unpaid research, I would say it seems. Maybe there is some truth to the concept that power, and privilege are almost entirely corruptive and corrosive to the operation of regulations. How do we get around this problem with massive unwieldy empires presumed to lead and manage huge population centers?

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