It looks like George Soros and the gang are hunting for novel ways to deal with opinions that don’t jibe with wokeist orthodoxy. The financier and his allies are reportedly launching a new endeavor ostensibly designed to target “disinformation,” which is one of the left’s favorite words these days. Should conservatives be concerned about this initiative, or will this project be nothing more than just another far-left propaganda mill?
A New Hope for Progressives?
Axios reported that “[a] new public benefit corporation backed by billionaires Reid Hoffman, George Soros, and others are launching Tuesday to fund new media companies and efforts that tackle disinformation.”
The purpose of this corporation is to “fund and scale businesses that cut through echo chambers with fact-based information,” and it will “invest in local news companies.”
Tara McGowan, a former Democratic Party strategist who ran a non-profit called ACRONYM, has been tapped to lead the new organization, which is hilariously called “Good Information Inc.”
ACRONYM invests in companies that develop media and technology solutions for far-left causes. The group “ran one of the largest digital campaigns to defeat President Trump in the 2020 election, totaling $100 million,” according to Axios.
The company has been endowed with a multi-million-dollar seed investment spearheaded by Reid Hoffman, who founded social media site LinkedIn. Ken and Jen Duda, Incite Ventures, and George Soros are also part of the investment. “We are disclosing our investors, because we believe — especially right now in this environment of mistrust — that transparency is really important,” McGowan explained.
Despite the fact the organization was launched by far-left progressives, McGowan suggests it may invest in entities on the opposite side of the political spectrum. It is not known whether she also claimed to have prime oceanfront property in Idaho to sell at a killer price, but given the laughability of this statement, it would come as no surprise.
To make herself sound even more ridiculous, she referred to anti-Trump site The Bulwark, which was founded and run by bitter, whiny neocons after the former president rendered them irrelevant. Since then, the site’s leadership has tried desperately to find someone, anyone who might like them – but even Democrats have not rewarded the turncoats. “The information crisis we’re in is so much bigger than politics,” McGowan said, with absolutely no sense of irony.
The company’s advisory committee includes some of the biggest names in politics, Big Tech, and activist media. From Axios:
“The company’s advisory committee consists of nearly two dozen political, media and tech experts, including former White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, Civic Signal Founder Eli Pariser, Check My Ads co-founder Nandini Jammi, former Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun-Times Editor Mark Jacob, Accountable Tech co-founder Nicole Gill and others.”
Axios also noted that this move is “the latest example of investments by billionaires targeting disinformation.”
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist, Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO, and Laurene Powell Jobs have also dumped oodles of green into the effort to supposedly combat online disinformation spread by the conservative heathens who have dared to express views that are not Democrat-approved. McGowan said her organization’s objective over the next year is to “raise more awareness about immediate solutions to counter disinformation before it spreads.”
What’s Actually Going On Here?
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see what this initiative actually is. Like most far-left progressive ventures, this has nothing to do with combatting disinformation. Instead, it will be nothing more than far-leftist propagandizing disguised as efforts to ensure the American public knows the truth. These individuals seek to join the ranks of PolitiFact, Snopes, and the fact-checking departments of various news services like the Associated Press, which has taken an interest in ensuring its audience knows that satire is satire.
This seems to be the progressive crowd’s favored strategy at the moment, pushing deceptive narratives while claiming they are only trying to keep Americans from being influenced by disinformation. These organizations have been working hand-in-hand to stifle as much conservative content as possible. It does not seem likely that Good Information Inc. will offer anything more compelling than what the others already serve up. But there’s always enough room for another faux “fact-checker,” right?
~ Read more from Jeff Charles.