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19. Bill Gates, the Media, COVID, and the Rehabilitation of Bad Billionaires

An interview with journalist Tim Schwab

Tim Schwab is a freelance journalist based in Washington DC and 2019 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow. Tonight he's visiting the Failed State to talk about his latest for Columbia Journalism Review, "Journalism’s Gates Keepers."

In the post-Covid world, where Bill Gates is seen as something of a technocratic foil to Trump's science-blind political posturing, it's important to examine the Gates's eponymous foundation with a critical eye. And that's what' Schwab has been doing, in articles for The Nation and CJR that ask if all that cash the Foundation is spreading around doesn't have some pretty significant strings attached.

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