Talk:Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Header needs more sentences (because the article is lacking content), some citation are needed, and one part borders on editorializing.--Thedirt 23:32, 20 February 2011 (CST)
Media Funding & Objectivity
The following is from the same article, and contains lots of good information we can use. This needs to be summarized into a single (small) paragraph before being added.
- To garner attention for the issues it cares about, the foundation has invested millions in training programs for journalists. It funds research on the most effective ways to craft media messages. Gates-backed think tanks turn out media fact sheets and newspaper opinion pieces. Magazines and scientific journals get Gates money to publish research and articles. Experts coached in Gates-funded programs write columns that appear in media outlets from The New York Times to The Huffington Post, while digital portals blur the line between journalism and spin.
- The efforts are part of what the foundation calls "advocacy and policy." Over the past decade, Gates has devoted $1 billion to these programs, which now account for about a tenth of the giant philanthropy's $3 billion-a-year spending. The Gates Foundation spends more on policy and advocacy than most big foundations — including Rockefeller and MacArthur — spend in total. The "advocacy" side of the equation is essentially public relations: an attempt to influence decision-makers and sway public opinion.
- Grants include $3.3 million to Public Radio International, $5 million to NPR and $1 million to Frontline. The foundation provided ABC $1.5 million to fund overseas travel for reports on global health and development. Few of the news organizations that get Gates money have produced any critical coverage of foundation programs.
- Some grants have indeed spelled out coverage topics, including male circumcision to reduce transmission of AIDS, and clinical trials — the latter of which are crucial for Gates.
- Gates gives money to policy magazines such as Health Affairs and Global Health Magazine, and has funded scientific journals to publish articles on global health. Scientists trained in a Gates-funded program to "engage policy makers, thought leaders, the media and the public" brief lawmakers and write op-ed pieces that appear in newspapers and on news sites.
- With virtually every major player in global health — and many in education — receiving Gates money, it's clear the foundation's voice is highly amplified in the media and beyond.
'--Thedirt 04:49, 22 February 2011 (CST)
Possible Material Here
Melinda Gates "TED Talk" (she talks about how Coca-Cola's marketing strategies should be emulated to market circumcision): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlUS6KE67Vs (Go to 11:30 to hear her hit on circumcision)
(Particularly egregious -- he rolls one of his circ propaganda films here) http://www.gatesfoundation.org/speeches-commentary/Pages/bill-gates-2010-international-aids-conference.aspx#
(Here is another Melinda Gates one) http://www.gatesfoundation.org/livingproofproject/Pages/impatient-optimists-speech.aspx#
Rakai Project Funding
Kong states in her last slide that the project was funded by B&G: http://app2.capitalreach.com/esp1204/servlet/tc?c=10164&cn=retro&s=20445&&dp=player.jsp&e=13709&mediaType=podiumVideo -Mazzera 15:21, 2 May 2011 (CDT)
There we are.-Mazzera 15:36, 2 May 2011 (CDT)
Create the page "Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation" and redirect to here. Also "Gates Foundation."-Mazzera 16:02, 2 May 2011 (CDT)
Added "Sadism" video link 27 June 2007 -Sagem