Reporter, Investigate Thyself

Is the N&O a shill for the right wing? That criticism would surprise a lot of our readers, but it's one being made lately by some folks who see excessive attention to the conservative John Locke Foundation in the pages of The News & Observer.

That from Ted Vaden, public editor at the N&O, referring to criticism leveled by our own Anglico. The short piece is thoughtful (and I'm not saying that just because I generally agree with its conclusion), and it's worth a read.

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Lance....you just can't tear yourself away, can you?

Gonna take Emily and two friends to watch our kitties kick some tailfeathers against your birds. Emily turns 11 today and she wanted to go to the Panther's game for her birthday.


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"My" Birds

Will come home, win or lose, to a city with a light rail system. :)

Go A!

Lance, I meant you can't tear yourself away from Raleigh news....sorry I didn't make sense. You should be used to that by now. Heh.

A's research was pretty strong on this and it's one of those embarrassing things the paper would have to address at some point. Especially with the progressive voice getting louder and stronger by the minute.


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I'll be in town for the Steeler game, I got two tickets.

I think my wife and I will be in town, we should plan a meetup.

Lance - vote thing showing up here as well, two "vote addeds up top". I voted on two other stories this morning.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

A great quote from the end of the article.

Chris Fitzsimon, director of Policy Watch, acknowledges as much, but he also says the Locke Foundation's size and media savvy give it an advantage with the media. "I think the Locke Foundation is given an aura of credibility that they don't really deserve." That's a function, he says, of the frequency of coverage of the Locke organization and a failure by reporters to assess closely its information.

This is exactly right. If I woke up one day as the child of a major corporate robber baron, you can bet that Democracy NC, NC Policy action and others would be as well-funded as John Locke. That doesn't mean they are suddenly more credible. But, in this day and age, money means exposure and exposure means credibility. Look at shows like Hardball, who the heck are some of those people? Experts? My eye.

CountryCrats - my thoughts, my blog.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I suppose it's the best we could hope for . . .

The last paragraph is key:

But the newspaper also should bring the same skepticism to the Locke information machine that it does to other powerful institutions. Reporters should resist the temptation to go to Hood and Co. for the easy conservative quote and look instead for other voices from the right. The Locke Foundation reports and other information should be scrutinized to separate propaganda from fact. And the organization should be regarded not just as a resource -- a word used both by Christensen and Martinez -- but as an opinion manufacturer that is itself a story.

Vaden underplays the Rick Martinez complicity by a wide margin. Martinez has lifted stories hook, line and stinker from the John Locke Foundation's Carolina Journal.

So here's the bottom line: If you have enough money, and the Puppetmaster does, you can buy your way onto the pages of the News and Observer almost anytime you want. Can the Charlotte Observer be far behind?

Lance . . .

Your original link to my blog in the entry was correct, but when I clicked it, it took me back to the front page. I replaced it with the link in your first comment. FYI.

I should have, but didn't.

The url was right, but it came back to the front-page.

Mus' be somethin' weird on the tubes this morning.

LOVE THE NEW SITE!