We've been defunded, we've been hit by algorithmic changes that make it harder for people to find us, and we've been classified as a "disinformation" site. All of this has happened despite the fact we offer factual coverage and often use mainstream sources that are not targeted by censors.
While I've had my suspicions since the attacks first began, imagine the sick feeling in the pit of my stomach when I recently read an expose by the Washington Examiner in which the United States government readily admitted giving funding to the very business that abruptly defunded my website back in 2021.
The US State Department "stands by" grant to fund censorship
It's hard to believe that I'm writing this about the government of the United States of America, but here we are in 2023 with our own government striving to make at least half the country out to be terrorists and second-class citizens. An exclusive report by the Washington Examiner states:
The State Department "stands by" its widely scrutinized grant to a group the Washington Examiner revealed is blacklisting conservative media outlets, according to a letter to Congress.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) put the State Department's Global Engagement Center on blast in a March letter to the agency and demanded an investigation into its $100,000 grant in 2021 to the Global Disinformation Index, which has fed conservative website blacklists to advertisers to defund disfavored speech. The agency issued a response to the congressman on Friday, telling him in a letter obtained by the Washington Examiner that it has no regrets over the taxpayer-backed award…