Wow. Here’s a link to the Gates-subsidized article. There is no indication that it’s an advertisement or advertorial. It appears to be a bona fide news story written by a bona fide reporter (Nona Willis Aronowitz). Here it is featured along with NBC News’ other articles on its education page:

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It’s no secret that the Gates Foundation has been lobbying hard for Common Core educational standards. This, however, is the first we’ve heard of a grant to subsidize a major news outlet’s Common Core coverage.

How long, we wonder, has this cozy little arrangement been going on? Have other MSM news outlets accepted grants from the Gates Foundation?

(Editor’s Note: This post was not subsidized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.)