From PR Watch:
As newsrooms across the country have cut staff reporters — due in part to slipping ad revenue and corporate media conglomeration — the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity has rushed to fill the gap, as the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has documented. The Franklin Center has 40 state news websites, with reporters in 34 states so far. Its reporters have received state house press credentials and its stories appear as news in mainstream print newspapers in each state without alerting readers to the heavy right-wing bias of the Franklin-related publications.
Mind Control from the Wealthy and Right Wing Advances.
More from PR Watch:
The Franklin Center does not disclose its funders. But based on a review of the annual IRS filings of foundations that fund groups like Franklin, as of 2011 (the most recent available financial data), 95 percent of the group’s funding comes from DonorsTrust and Donors Capital Fund. These two related entities are “donor-advised funds” that were spun off by the Philanthropy Roundtable and cloak the identity of donors to right-wing causes across the country. Mother Jones has called the combined Donors funds “the dark-money ATM of the conservative movement.”
Up against all this, don’t you think we could work together instead of trying to tear up our own leaders?
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Personally, I’ve seen a lot of good non biased reporting on state business from regular media across the nation in the past few years, but I imagine that by flooding the excess space with Koch funded BS you water it down or maybe overwhelm it. And I have noticed that some newspapers that had good reporting in earlier years have abandoned that attempt lately if people are even allowed to read their papers at all without doling out $30 or more bucks a month for each paper.
The report of states involved has declined slightly in the last 3 years. I’ll have to check out which ones.