Reason’s Media Debunking and a Brand New $100,000 Matching Grant!
In a moment, we’re going to talk about some excellent, media-debunking reasons to DONATE RIGHT THE HELL NOW to Reason‘s annual Webathon, in which we ask readers, viewers, and listeners of our various editorial offerings to make a tax-deductible donation to help support the nonprofit that makes all our work possible…but first!
A generous, anonymous, scrumpilicious donor has just this moment offered to match the next $100,000 you people give us. Here is what that means: If you give us $50,000 over the next several days, the donor will also kick in $50,000, and we will get $100,000. If you give us the full $100,000, we then get $200,000. It is the multiplier effect, is what I am saying.
Please don’t leave all that juicy potential money on the table. Won’t you please click on this button and make our $100,000 bar come to life?
OK, Reason Editor in Chief Katherine Mangu-Ward already explained the various giving levels (though I would stress the option of making a slow-and-steady monthly contribution, which you can set and then forget!). And Editor at Large Nick Gillespie introduced you to our history-making Reason Roundtable NFT auction. I’m going to talk about a thing Reason has been doing well for a half-century, including in the 12 months since we last convened this fun annual exercise: media correctives.
Yes, most of us recall Senior Editor Robby Soave’s epic debunking of the Covington Catholic School fracas in Washington, D.C., back in January 2019. Senior Editor Elizabeth Nolan Brown has been a one-woman dismantler of sex-trafficking-related junk stats for years. Older hands may even recall our beloved 1981 cover story exploding the media narrative about the Love Canal.
But folks, we provide this valuable corrective service on the regular. A small sampling of our debunkery over the past 365 days:
This article, published two days after Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration, was our third-most popular piece of the year, with 415,000 page views. After the hubbub, The Washington Post restored the old wording, telling Boehm, “We sho
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