So after all my writing yesterday about the Heller decision (I’m supportive), what would you think if it were divulged by someone other than myself that I were getting payments from, say, the National Rifle Association to plug news releases from the Institute for Legislative Action (an NRA subsidiary), and not divulging that organizational or financial link?
Better example; what if, say, the Strib (owned by Avista Capital Partners) ran an uncritical, even fawning, report about the surpassing excellence of Frontier Drilling’s offshore exploration technology – and did it without disclosing that they are owned by the same company?
Woudl you consider that an ethical lapse on the Strib’s part? Well, duh; pretty shady – right? Pretty dubious ethics, perhaps?
Well, have no fear; both cases are supremely hypothetical.
Hold that thought as we proceed.
So how about if the Minnesoros “Independent” ran a piece uncritically fawning over a study put out by a political pressure group-cum-economics think tank that is a financial first-cousin of theirs, without disclosing the link?
Well, yeah, of course they did it, publishing a report by the Center for Economic Policy Research (about declining home values and, naturally, the wisdom of an interventionist approach to the housing crisis.
Learned Foot looks at the CEPR’s funders…:
Foundation support in 2008 includes:
The Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Nathan Cummings Foundation
The Ford Foundation
The Meyer Foundation
The Moriah Fund, Inc.
***The Open Society Institute***
The Retirement Research Foundation
The Russell Sage Foundation
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
The Streisand Foundation
Washington Area Women’s Foundation
There’s that “Open Society Institute” again! That name just keeps popping up like a bad Soros huffing Viagras.
And who else does the “Open Society Foundation” support?
MorOn.org – Your one-stop shop for hatchet-jobbery done on behalf of (but not in coordination with – oh no, that’d be wrong) the Democratic Party.
Media Matters – Media watchdog group that specializes in combating “conservative misinformation in the media.” As such on that site, “the media” tends to consist almost entirely of Fox News and Rush Limbaugh.
The Center for “Independent” Media – Runs several “non-partisan” (battleground) state-based “media outlets” that spew forth all manner of leftist drivel / character assassinations.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: A “non-partisan” ethics watchdog that specializes in suing Republicans, and making endless FOIA requests regarding Republicans.
Approdeh – An outfit that lobbies on behalf of South American terrorist organizations.
The Center for Economic Policy and Research – Issues bogus reports that can be cited by all of the above as authoritative. Kind of like money laundering.
Or like working for a law firm with one client. In the “construction” business.
Does the Minnesoros “Independent’s” “code of ethics” actually impel them to behave ethically, or does it merely give them a framework under which to rationalize their unethical behavior?