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Tue., April 13, 2010, 2:38 p.m.

Think Tank News Sites Take Root

Wayne Hoffman, center, the executive director of the Idaho Freedom Foundation, talks with acquaintances in the Idaho Capitol in Boise, Idaho. A growing number of conservative groups are bankrolling startup news organizations around the country, aggressively covering government and politics at a time when newspapers are cutting back their statehouse bureaus. (AP File Photo, March 29 /John Miller, File)

A growing number of conservative groups are bankrolling startup news organizations around the country, aggressively covering government and politics at a time when newspapers are cutting back their statehouse bureaus. The phenomenon troubles some longtime journalists and media watchdogs, who worry about political biases and hidden agendas. The news outlets have sprouted in larger numbers in recent months to fill a void created by the downsizing of traditional statehouse coverage and to win over readers, including those from the tea party movement who don't trust the local paper or the TV/John Miller, Associated Press. More here.

Question: Now that you've followed Idaho Reporter for an entire legislative session, have you changed your views re: the information the Idaho Freedom Forum-sponsored service provided?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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