Patrons and pundits

When the Stagemanager at the John Locke Foundation isn't running his "multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing machine," he sometimes dabbles on other stages like this one where he tries to make the case that neocon pundits don't pay any attention to their patrons.

These pundits, he argues, are intellectually honest and would NEVER be bought or paid for by big donors.

At issue is a New York Times article that took rightwing opinionators to task for failing to disclose financial relationships with big-time contributors like WalMart. Hood's piece doesn't make much sense on its face, but on second reading, it's clear as a bell.

John wants us to believe that HE is the guiding hand of the John Locke Foundation and that the BIG only donor - Puppetmaster Pope - let's him run the show exactly as he pleases.

Art Pope is Mr. Money Bags behind the "multi-million-dollar opinion-manufacturing" organization. I'm sure he doesn't care at all what Mr. Hood does with all that hard-earned cash.

Funny stuff.


of course

One person gives money to JLF and they have no influence.

Thousands give money to Democrats and 1 person out of those thousand controls everything.

Why are you confused?

Lyndon Helton for NC Senate

"Keep the Faith"

If lightning ever struck

and Hood and Pope disagreed on an issue ... wonder who's opinion would win the most space in JLF publications?

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."