Biden DHS Gave Counter-Terrorism Grant to Organization Promoting Leftwing Narratives and Targeting Conservatives

The Department of Homeland Security under the Biden administration awarded a $700,000 grant through a counterterrorism program to an organization that frequently promoted left-wing political narratives.

In May 2021, the University of Rhode Island’s Media Education Lab (Rhode Island Lab) applied for federal funding through the DHS’s Targeted Violence and Terrorism Prevention (TVTP) grant program. The Rhode Island Lab’s grant application described a plan to host events promoting “media literacy” and education about “disinformation.” The proposal also described a goal to develop and employ crowdsourced “counterpropaganda.”

The DHS approved the grant proposal in May 2022, with funding for the Rhode Island Lab’s grant projected to run through to September 2024.

The DHS grant first came under scrutiny following public records requests submitted by the Media Research Center (MRC), a media watchdog organization with the stated goal of “countering left-wing bias in news media and popular culture.”

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