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Gibbs attacks Kim over partisan puff pieces

Backed by liberal non-profit, Courier Newsroom masquerades as news site

By Nikita Biryukov, May 14 2020 10:43 am

House candidate Kate Gibbs attacked Rep. Andy Kim over a series of positive stories written by a group backed by a liberal non-profit Thursday.

“Ever since he showed up here from Washington, D.C. to run for Congress, one of my personal gripes with Andy Kim is that he’s been a phony who will say or do anything to get votes,” Gibbs said. “While flip-flopping on his promise and lying about his plans to vote against Nancy Pelosi as Speaker has gotten the most attention, his crocodile tears about getting big money out of politics is another case in point.”

Kim has the endorsement of End Citizens United, a group seeking to reform campaign finance and limit the influence of corporate money on politics.

Since February, the Courier Newsroom, a platform for positive partisan stories about Democrats facing difficult re-election races, has boosted at least 10 stories about Kim on social media, spending roughly $40,000 in the process.

The stories are not fake news — they’re largely fact-based, according to Newsguard, a credibility rater that has occasionally misfired — but they are masquerading as real news stories despite being partisan puffery.

“I can’t say it better or more succinctly than NewsGuard, who said that the Courier Newsroom and Acronym are ‘exploiting the widespread loss of local journalism to create and disseminate something we really don’t need: hyperlocal partisan propaganda,’” Gibbs said. “The fact that the name of this fake news site so closely resembles our local Courier Post newspaper, only raises the stakes higher.”

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