Facebook Provides $16M in Grants to 200 Mostly Liberal Local Newsrooms

Facebook last week announced that more than 200 news organizations will receive nearly $16 million in grants through the Facebook Journalism Project’s relief fund for local news. These grants come from $25 million in relief funding announced in March from Facebook’s $100 million global investment in news. It includes:

$10.3 million being awarded to 144 US local newsrooms as part of the COVID-19 Local News Relief Fund Grant Program. The fund is supporting many publishers who are hardest hit by this crisis: nearly 80 percent of recipients are family- or independently owned and more than half are published by or for communities of color.

$5.4 million being awarded to 59 North American newsrooms that participated in Facebook Local News Accelerator programs focused on subscriptions and memberships.

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Leahy and Cunningham Question Polling as the ‘Media’s Plan to Create a Narrative’ in 2020 Election Cycle

On Friday’s Battleground State Report with Michael Patrick Leahy and Doug Kellett – a one-hour radio show from Star News Digital Media in the early stages of national weekend syndication roll out – Leahy welcomed special guest Ben Cunningham of the Nashville Tea Party to the show and discussed current polling results from Quinnipiac, USA Today, and The Economist showing Biden in the lead.

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Gov. John Kasich Blames President Trump for Bomb-Scare Packages

MSNBC anchorman Brian Williams set the table Wednesday night for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to blame President Trump for the pipe bombs that have been delivered to numerous high-profile Democrats this week. “The tone of this country is something you have talked about often,” Williams said. “The obvious question is: Does…

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Liberal Media Interest in The Tennessee Star Continues . . . And Documents Some of Their Own Journalistic Flaws

Another day, another story expanding upon the Politico story about “Baby Breitbarts” that highlighted The Tennessee Star. Jason Schwartz talked to Tennessee Star Political Editor Steve Gill a few times, got some insights from those familiar with The Tennessee Star — including critics like the Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Mary…

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