One the one hand, the MinnPost is running sponsored news again.
And yet again, the subject is guns, and the sponsor is the Joyce Foundation, which is (aside from Michael Bloomberg) the biggest funder of anti-gun groups in the United States. Before Bloomberg bought the local rights for “Protect MN” and “Moms Want Action”, they were the major funder of gun control groups in Minnesota.
Of course, Joyce has taken a whack at funding respectable journalism as well.
Investigative reporter Mike Cronin has embarked on a Joyce-sponsored multi-part series on the gun culture. And like not a few previous such efforts, it starts out as a “gorillas in the mist”-style exploration into what is clearly for Cronin a foreign culture, as he takes his Carry Permit training class from Andrew Rothman (a long-time friend of this blog, president of the Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance, and the guy who, if I had a carry permit, would have taught me my carry permit class two hypothetical years ago). Which is as good an intro as there is to the “gun culture” as a newbie can have.
Cronin is going through the class, intends to get his permit, and to purchase a gun as part of his investigation into the “gun culture>
And by all accounts, it’s a fair account, so far, although you be the judge.
No doubt Cronin will be looking at the “other side” of the debate; I’ll be watching.
It’ll be interesting to see what Joyce is paying for, this season.