Center for Media and Democracy

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The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) is a liberal[1] non-profit American-based media research group. It was founded in 1993 by environmentalist writer and political activist John Stauber, but has been run by Lisa Graves since 2009.[2]



CMD publishes PR Watch, SourceWatch, and The SourceWatch website (formerly called Disinfopedia), is a Wiki, which CMD describes as "a collaborative project to produce a directory of public relations firms, think tanks, industry-funded organizations and industry-friendly experts that work to influence public opinion and public policy on behalf of corporations, governments and advocacy groups."

Stauber and former CMD research director Sheldon Rampton wrote five books describing what they call the murky world of public relations.

Political affiliations

CMD has stated that it is not affiliated with a political party, but that it does not pretend to lack opinions or a point of view. It states its opposition to "the barriers and distortions of the modern information environment that stem from government- or corporate-dominated, hierarchical media." In contrast, it favors "grassroots citizen activism that promotes public health, economic justice, ecological sustainability and human rights."


The CMD states that it "...does not accept corporate, labor union or government grants", and maintains a lists of financial supporters on its website.[3]


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