The liberal think tank Center for American Progress has announced that it will be selling off its outlet, ThinkProgress.
Here's what we know
Along with outlets like Alternet and Mother Jones, ThinkProgress inhabits the far left reaches of the liberal-leaning media landscape. Here are just a few highlights from its 14 years of business.
- In August 2012, ThinkProgress claimed that a street lamp in Oklahoma had melted from climate change, instead of from a fire.
- In December 2014, it ran an "exposé" bashing the Knights of Columbus for holding traditional Catholic moral beliefs, including being against abortion.
- In February 2018, it claimed that the National Rifle Association had "donated $10,000 to help train the Parkland, Florida, shooting suspect to use a rifle." In reality, the NRA had funded a Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (JROTC) program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that the shooting suspect had joined. At least two other members of this same JROTC program heroically helped to save their fellow students.
But apparently publishing pieces like this failed to pay the bills. The site has recently seen a decline in revenue and, according to reporting by the Daily Beast, currently employs less than 35 people.
"Unfortunately, like so many other news outlets that have relied on advertising to fund its work, ThinkProgress has seen a significant drop in revenue in recent years, along with other financial strains. In addition, events over the last few years have underscored the divergent missions of American Progress and ThinkProgress," CAP Action executive director Navin Nayak told the Daily Beast.
If someone does end up buying Think Progress, you can expect them to continue its liberal worldview.
"We will only entertain serious proposals from publishers and organizations who are genuinely interested in investing in ThinkProgress and supporting its mission," Nayak told the Daily Beast. "Our ideal outcome is for ThinkProgress to continue the important work done by its journalists under the auspices of a new entity."