As is well known, so-called “fact checks” on social networks are about attitudes, not truth. If you follow the money trail, it is not surprising: The fact that even verified reports of vaccination side effects or scientifically correct articles about the lack of effectiveness of the Covid vaccine do not survive long on Facebook is probably also due to the fact that the “journalistic training programs”, resulting in Facebook’s “fact checkers” funded directly by Pfizer.
So Facebook relies on journalists whoInternational Center For Journalists“ (ICFJ) were trained. There one sees oneself on the “good side” of power and not only promotes and demands reporting that is true to the system Covid-19 and vaccinationsbut also to gender issues and Migration. When it comes to Covid journalism, they boast:
So many journalists in the ICFJ’s vast network and beyond are debunking misinformation and providing life-saving coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic.
A powerful example of the type of “journalism” that ICFJ expects from its students can be found in Vaccination Reporting Webinar: There is a verbatim request to „both sides“ journalism to be avoided – i.e. balanced reporting that illuminates both sides of the coin and thus all the facts.
The close cooperation between Facebook and the ICFJ can be seen not least when looking at the “Meta Journalism Project“: We financed and trained together, for example news agencies in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, to “support” them in reporting during the Covid crisis. The ICFJ also likes to cooperate with the “International Fact-Checking Network” (IFCN), which also certifies Facebook’s “fact checkers”: Both set up together in autumn 2020 Webinar in the fight against “misinformation” about the Covid vaccines.
ICFJ graduates cavort in leading German media
The fact that the ICFJ insists on conveying one-sided propaganda pro-vaccination is not surprising when looking at the sponsors:
Pfizer obviously pays good money for this type of reporting – the pharmaceutical giant is one of those who do it „Arthur F. Burns“-Fellowship enable, a training program aimed at Americans, Germans and Canadians. Tragically, these Pfizer-funded ICFJ graduates can actually be found in the German media landscape in particular:
Among the mid-career journalists reporting on international affairs in Germany today, at least half are Burns alumni.
Today, more than 40 Burns alumni work as foreign correspondents in 20 countries for well-known news agencies such as The Washington Post, Reuters, CNN, ARD, Deutsche Welle and Süddeutsche Zeitung.
among the German sponsors In addition to Deutsche Bank AG and Deutsche Börse, the ICFJ also includes the Federal Foreign Office.
Also read: Reuters CEO also sits on Pfizer’s board of directors: Are such neutral messages possible?