Consider the Source

The talk about combating “fake news” continues as Facebook has recently announced new tools to address this issue. The social media giant will be relying in part on the Poynter Institute’s International Fact Checking Network (IFCN), which is heavily funded by liberal special interest groups. When seeing what’s reliable, it’s important to keep in mind a little lesson from Journalism 101: Consider the source.

The Poynter Institute labels itself “the world’s leading instructor, innovator, convener and resource for anyone who aspires to engage and inform citizens in 21st century democracies.” But take a look at their funding and you’ll think twice about their objectivity.

Liberal mega donor George Soros’ Open Societies donated $300,000 to the group in 2017 and Hillary Clinton donor Craig Newmark gave $1 million in in 2016. With such a biased group of funders, how can we trust Poynter to call the shots on “fake news?”

We can’t.

As the likes of Facebook and Twitter continue rolling out their policies on routing out “fake news,” let’s remember to always consider the source. The International Fact Checking Network simply cannot be trusted to be the arbiter of truth online. Take a look at our fact sheet to help set the record straight and warn others why Poynter isn’t to be trusted as the sole source of fact checking online.