Indiana Policy Review: Not an Independent News Source

As you casually read the Gannett newspaper in your own Hoosier town, we must warn you of yet another deceptive strategy. They open up their pages to writers from the Indiana Policy Review (IPR) Foundation. In Muncie, we get to read Cecil Bohannon and Andrea Neal.

Yet, their connections are never fully explained by Gannett which is just one more reason Hoosiers shouldn’t trust anything printed by Gannett run newspapers. They’ve been lying and misleading Hoosiers for years.

IPR seems to be rather innocent as they tell us about how laws and bills, and general policy making influence us here in the Hoosier state. Most people would believe them credible. In fact, if you go to their website, it says:

The Indiana Policy Review Foundation is a non-profit education foundation focused on state and municipal issues. It is free of outside control by any individual, organization or group. It exists solely to conduct and distribute research on Indiana issues.

As we mentioned before, it’s dishonest.

The Indiana Policy Review is part of a larger State Policy Network where more than $80 million of right-wing billionaires and ALEC corporate monies are spent trying to change both state and federal law. The same dollars funded to SPN’s and IPR also go to fund Tea Party candidates like Mike Pence and Luke Messer who could care less about voters and Hoosiers. They’ll tell you whatever you want to hear to get elected, and then once in office, take orders from ALEC members and the Koch brothers.

They smile at you and hug your babies, then call you “Stupid Hicks” behind closed doors. Once you realize they’ve been lying to you about Obamacare, you’re going to realize just how foolish you’ve been.

According to the National Education Association (NEA), “ALEC utilizes the services of the State Policy Network as a clearinghouse to craft model legislation on conservative issues and to provide expert testimony in state capitols once bills are introduced.” In addition, it notes, “ALEC and Heritage also serve as a media platform for these state-based think tanks to gain national press attention for research and the legislation and initiatives they introduce.”

As you can see, the so-called ‘neutral information sharing network’ has an ulterior motive and should not be allowed in our newspaper without FULL disclosure of their true identity. They are just another Astroturf organization like the Tea Party who do the bidding for the Billionaires Club meant to go along and support the same nonsense spouted on Fox News.

Are you starting to feel foolish yet? Feel like you’ve been duped?

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Todd Smekens

Journalist, consultant, publisher, and servant-leader with a passion for truth-seeking. Enjoy motorcycling, meditation, and spending quality time with my daughter and rescue hound. Spiritually-centered first and foremost. Lived in multiple states within the USA and frequent traveler to the mountains.
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