Leaked Documents Show Florida’s Largest Utility Funded Far-Right News Site to Spread Propaganda
The documents show how Florida Power and Light (FPL) funneled money to a “news” website that promptly published pieces defending the utility’s policy positions and attacking its critics.
The leaked papers, reviewed by the Orlando Sentinel and Miami Herald, also reveal how the editor of the fake news outlet – called the Capitolist – created a series of shell companies controlled by FPL consultants and pre-screened articles for FPL staff before publishing. “I find this to be horrifying and undemocratic,” Gianna Trocino Bonner, a former chief legislative aide with a political opponent of FPL told the Guardian. “It’s unfortunate that our process allows for something like this to exist without accountability.”
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The Guardian, USA Today, Gizmodo, Orlando Sentinel, Sun Sentinel, Anchorage Daily News
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