Conservative blacklist group leader hired to teach ‘economics of disinformation’ class

By Gabe Kaminsky (Washington Examiner)

August 21, 2023

The head of a State Department-backed think tank under congressional investigation for starving conservative media of advertising dollars is set to teach a one-day course on the “economics of disinformation,” according to records.

CEO Clare Melford of the Global Disinformation Index, a London group with two affiliated American nonprofit organizations Republicans have argued is engaged in “censorship” while pocketing U.S. government money, is listed as the trainer for an online class in September on the “economics of disinformation,” according to an application link posted in July. The module is being offered by a little-known project composed of “fact-checkers and academic researchers” that is focused on thwarting “online disinformation” and received the equivalent of $4.3 million in 2022 from an agency under the European Union, according to documents reviewed by the Washington Examiner.

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