MintPress News, Democracy Now, Gateway Pundit
MintPress News was founded by Mnar Muhawesh, a broadcast journalism graduate of St. Cloud State University. She began her career as an intern at Minnesota television station KARE and as a freelance journalist. After posting her own work on a blog, in 2011 she decided to launch her own news site. Muhawesh said she believed “our media has failed us very miserably,” and spoke of her aspirations for MintPress, citing uninformed public debates around issues like Iran‘s nuclear capabilities, or intervention in Syria. “We are in a crucial time in American history where most Americans don’t know what’s going on in the world around them.”
MintPress News said it was a for-profit “regular news organization,” with an initial business plan where advertising revenues would exceed costs after three years. MintPress’ anonymous initial investors would fund MintPress operations until 2015. However, in 2013 in an email to BuzzFeed, Muhawesh said she restructured the business plan and was now the sole investor financing MintPress: “MintPress was originally funded by angel investors when I was first putting the company together over a year ago, but that route fell through last year as I restructured the business plan.”
Democracy Now! is an hour-long American TV, radio and internet news program hosted by journalists Amy Goodman and Juan González. The show, which airs live each weekday at 08:00 ET, is broadcast on the internet and by over 1,400 radio and television stations worldwide.
The program combines news reporting, interviews, investigative journalism and political commentary with an eye toward documenting social movements, struggles for justice and the effects of American foreign policy. While described as progressive by fans as well as critics, the show’s executive producer rejects that label, calling the program a global newscast that has “people speaking for themselves”.
Democracy Now Productions, the independent nonprofit organization which produces Democracy Now!, is funded entirely through contributions from listeners, viewers, and foundations and does not accept advertisers, corporate underwriting or government funding.
The Gateway Pundit
The Gateway Pundit (TGP) is a right-wing, far-right, alt-right and pro-Trump website founded by Jim Hoft after the United States presidential election in 2004. According to Hoft, it was founded to “speak the truth” and to “expose the wickedness of the left.” The website is often linked to or cited by Fox News, Drudge Report, Sarah Palin and other well-known conservative people and sites. The website is known for publishing falsehoods and spreading hoaxes.