Gates Foundation Pays Media (again) to Cover Global Health

The Gates Foundation has entered into another media partnership, this time with ABC News and Diane Sawyer, to do a “multi-million dollar” year-long series on global health.

Here’s a report on this newly announced deal.

This isn’t a new thing. The Gates Foundation has given funding before — as part of its advocacy program — to a number of news organizations (including NPR) to get them to expand coverage of global health, development, poverty reduction and education.

The Gates Foundation believes the media has not invested much time and energy in covering global health or international development issues, and I have to agree. But their funding of media is something the public needs to keep tabs on.

The world’s biggest philanthropy is a big player in these arenas, with its own agenda and aims — and its share of critics.

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