What? Where is Moldova? You’re not the only one. I had to look it up. It’s been a while since I brushed up on my world geography. It used to be part of what was Romania. The point is- did you know you can now bid to win a $1,000,000 contract for 24 months to support independent media in Moldova? No lie- the link is below if you want to submit your bid. The Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor (DRL) is looking for someone to spend $1,000,000 of tax-payer dollars to support independent media in Moldova.
Let’s think about this for a minute- “independent media” abroad vs communistic, anti-free-speech platforms here in the United States? Again it looks like a phenomenal waste of money. You might think $1,000,000 is a drop in the bucket, but remember that old adage “a penny saved is a penny earned”? A penny in the change jar of the US government would equal how much saved in a year’s time?
Independent outlets are an important component of Moldova’s media environment as they can provide objective coverage of regionally-focused issues that are important and relevant to local citizens. DRL’s goal is to strengthen regional independent media in Moldova (outside Chisinau) by helping newsrooms improve their financial sustainability and expand the reach of fact-based, locally relevant, and engaging content. Expected outcomes should result in expanded audience and improved audience engagement across a multitude of platforms, increased revenues leading to sustainability in the longer term, and strengthened reporting and management capacity within the participating outlets. Proposed activities could include, but are not limited to, intensive on-site and online editorial leadership training as well as enhancing local independent media outlets’ ability to produce original, high-quality, professional, objective, and attractive content. To increase financial sustainability, activities could focus on media outlets bolstering their ability to engage in market analysis, show verifiable viewership numbers, counter the existing advertising duopoly in Moldova, and use relevant analytics to develop new business models and widen their audience. Competitive proposals should include the geographic areas to be covered along with the justification, as well as a clear plan on what languages content would be produced in accordance with Moldova’s laws dictating Romanian and Russian content sharing time. Narratives should also demonstrate the ability to coordinate closely with other actors and programs and ensure that activities do not duplicate existing efforts.From the State Department of the United States’ web site
Why is this laughable? Why? Because we live in a society here in the United States that believes in censorship of ideas and unification by censorship of opposing ideas. Don’t believe me? I started posting this blog automatically to the Facebook account I was using after my previous one was banned for 30 days. As soon as I attempted to promote my blog and my conservative thoughts, my account was banned without explanation. So, it’s pretty hysterical that we want to fund $1,000,0000 to some random company to promote independent, newsworthy, and presumably free speech media in Moldova.
What’s really going on here with these proposals and money going out for these international issues? Follow the money…