Pando Investigation: Gates Foundation Underwrote PBS Series Without Disclosing Possible Conflict of Interest

Diane Ravitch's blog

Pando reporters Nathaniel Mott and David Sirota write that the Gates Foundation underwrote a PBS series to promote the Common Core standards without revealing that Microsoft has financial interest in the success of the Common Core standards.

They write:

“The discovery that the Gates Foundation is funding PBS programming that supports its political agenda comes only a few months after Pando first revealed that Enron mogul John Arnold attempted to use $3.5 million of his fortune to finance an anti-pension “news” series on the PBS NewsHour. The two stories are similar, in that they involve the foundations of politically active billionaires using the public broadcasting system to promote their political agenda. In this Gates case, the agenda being promoted also happens to dovetail with Microsoft’s commercial interests in the Common Core. This has been allowed to happen despite PBS programming rules aiming to prevent those with specific political and commercial…

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