Facebook recently unveiled its partnership with fact-checking organizations like PolitiFact as the social media site’s latest effort to combat the spread of “fake news.” As it turns out, one of PolitiFact’s largest contributors has also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.
Alberto Ibarguen, president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, oversaw his organization’s $200,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation in support of the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University meeting in 2015, which was attended by Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.
The Knight Foundation has also donated $140,000 to PolitiFact, a significant sum whose stated purpose was to help “fact-check claims made by the 2016 presidential candidates on the Medium publishing platform.”
Additionally, Ibarguen signed off on funding for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, which is in turn a prominent PolitiFact sponsor. The institute also hosts the International Fact-Checking Network, which is responsible for the fact-checking standards employed by PolitiFact, Snopes, and other Facebook partners.
Hillary Clinton has been linked to Ibarguen in a number of potential conflict of interests in the past. She gave a speech at the Ibarguen-chaired Newseum Freedom Forum, which means that any payment Clinton made for use of the venue would have gone into the pockets of a Clinton Foundation Donor.
During her time as secretary of state, Clinton selected Ibarguen to sit on her Foreign Affairs Policy Board alongside Clinton campaign chair John Podesta and George Soros advisor Strobe Talbott.