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Gee whiz, we know things are busy in Charlotte and that this makes doing actual journalism tough, but honestly, the Locke Foundation ought to be able to do better than this.

Today’s “Carolina Journal News Report” from Charlotte is headlined:  “Poll: Young Adults Not Better Off Than Four Years Ago: 88 percent in N.C. have changed daily lives because of economy.”

In the “news” story that follows, the reporter attempts to refute President Bill Clinton’s claim in his speech from Wednesday night that Americans are better off than they were four years ago by transcribing the claims of Paul Conway — a former Bush administration official, Heritage Foundation staffer and longtime Republican operative  who now heads a conservative 501 (c)(4) group called Generation Opportunity.

The group, which attempts to bill itself as “a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that seeks to educate and organize young Americans on the challenges facing our nation” is, in fact, a decidedly non-transparent, conservative front group that has been repeatedly exposed as such (see here and here) since it first showed up on the scene last year.

Of course, none of this is to say that it isn’t perfectly fine for the Locke people to reprint whatever partisan drivel “astroturf” groups like this care to spout, but they should spare readers from the false impression that it is “news” when they do so (or, at the very least, make some effort to disclose who it is they’re really quoting).  

 

2 Comments


  1. Frances Jenkins

    September 7, 2012 at 10:01 pm

    another cheap shot by this great nonprofit.

  2. david esmay

    September 10, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Another inane comment from Alex/Maude Fricker.

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