The far-left media wing of the Center for American Progress will stop posting propaganda today. ThinkProgress, one of the more popular radical progressive news outlets in America, will be converted into a place for CAP scholars to post their thoughts.
Despite being a top-5000 site in the United States and running tons of ads for revenue, the favorite news outlet of many progressives has continued to operate in a deficit. Their 12 remaining employees have lost their jobs as of today.
ThinkProgress rose to prominence during the Bush administration as the Democratic think tank’s propaganda division. It gets anywhere from 5-10 million visitors per month and is often cited as a source by mainstream media outlets. But after months of seeking a sponsor to fund the site, CAP has decided to abandon ship.
At its peak, the site had around 40 employees. But revenues never matched operating costs, due in part because the employees unionized.
In the fall of 2015, staffers at ThinkProgress unionized, in part as a means of formalizing editorial independence from CAP brass. And there was a sense that the election of Donald Trump in 2016 would spark a boomlet in material for staff to investigate and cover. In 2018, the site brought on board Jodi Enda, an alum of CNN, to serve as editor in chief, in what was presented as a movement towards more original reporting.
But editorial tensions have lingered. In April, the website posted a story and video about Sanders’ personal wealth which had grown over recent years due to book sales. The presidential candidate responded in a lacerating letter targeting CAP for accepting corporate donations and linking the published story to the bidding of said donors.
In early May, sources told The Daily Beast that the ThinkProgress writers’ union and the author of the story were concerned with the way in which Enda had handled the ordeal, including her making edits without the initial permission of the author. Enda said she publicly and privately apologized for the matter.
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