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Kansas news media should report, not spin

Kansas news media should report, not spin

A Hutchinson News editorial contained an uninformed opinion of which special interest groups are working for the best interests of Kansans. Following, Dave Trabert of Kansas Policy Institute explains that influence may be shifting from media, unions, the education establishment, cities, counties, and school boards to those with different views -- those of limited government and economic freedom that empower citizens, not an expansive government and its beneficiaries. The editorial referred to is Goodbye Democracy, Hello Wealthocracy. Media spin a threat By Dave Trabert Kansans are bombarded with claims that range from innocently incomplete to quite deliberately false. Increasingly, the…
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Top Kansas stories of 2013: Joseph Ashby edition

By Joseph Ashby. Special to Voice for Liberty. From FBI bomb plots to seven-story toddler trick shots to an unlikely final four run, Kansas kept our attention in 2013. Here is a countdown of the state's top stories this year. #10 - Trick Shot Titus The basketball-shooting toddler from Derby, Kansas had the 4th most watched YouTube sports video of 2013 (for good measure “Trick Shot Titus 3,” which missed the December 1 cutoff, is now the 5th most watched sports video of the year), and represented Kansas on the Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live and a host of other…
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Kansas news reporting questioned

From Kansas Policy Institute. Media should be a neutral reporter of facts By Dave Trabert “An enlightened citizenry is indispensable for the proper functioning of a republic.” -- Thomas Jefferson I wonder what Mr. Jefferson would say about the state of today’s media. Television, cable, print and internet media routinely ignore basic journalistic principles and openly choose sides, often ignoring the facts and perpetuating falsehoods to convince citizens that their view is the right one. In some cases, it’s done in support of conservative causes; most often, it’s in support of "progressive" ideals that strip citizens of their personal freedom. It’s…
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Kansas sales tax exemptions, according to Kansas City Star

Here's a look at just how bad some Kansas newspaper articles and editorials have been. From December 2010. A recent editorial in one of Kansas' leading newspapers may lead readers to believe that eliminating sales tax exemptions holds the key to solving the state's budget problems. But following the advice of the editorial would place Kansas at a severe disadvantage to other states in manufacturing. The Kansas City Star editorial, titled "Education should trump tax breaks in Kansas" (available to read here), holds this paragraph: "For every penny of sales tax collected in Kansas, the state exempts 2 cents. Brownback…
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Fact-checking an editor’s biased agenda

Fact-checking an editor’s biased agenda By Steven Greenhut | Special to Watchdog.org TEACHER SAID: There “is absolutely, positively no such thing as an unbiased piece of writing.” During a junior high-school English class decades ago, I eagerly raised my hand to answer a teacher’s question about news reporting. He wanted us to explain the kind of sources we would use and how we would assure that our writing was fair. I would rely on “unbiased” books and articles, I explained. The teacher threw his hands in the air and started yelling (in a friendly manner) that there “is absolutely, positively no…
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Wichita Eagle editorial page: arm of Democratic Party?

Today's letters section of the Wichita Eagle carries a letter from the executive director of the Sedgwick County Democratic Party promoting an event that will poke fun at Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. A letter to the editor of any newspaper that discusses public policy, including Kobach's agenda, is relevant. But this letter is a promotion -- an advertisement -- for a partisan political party event. It's not billed as a fundraiser, but it has all the characteristics of one, including tickets selling for as much as $100. Printing letters like this harms the image of Eagle, if it…
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Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for March 22, 2010. Republicans on the left help defeat Health Care Freedom Amendment (Kansas Liberty) "Greg Ward, co-founder of the Kansas 9.12 Project and founder of the Kansas Sovereignty Coalition, was disappointed in the outcome, but said he was especially concerned about the actions of the Republican members who voted against the measure. 'I am amazed at the number of Republicans working to limit the liberties we have instead of limiting the overreaching government on both the federal and state level that seeks more and more control of our lives,' Ward told Kansas…
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KPTS’s Kansas Week now online

Wichita public television station KPTS has produced the weekly public affairs program Kansas Week since 1989. Tim Brown has been the host since 2006. Now many of KPTS's shows are available online through the station's website. There's a link on the main page, or click on watch.kpts.org. Both Kansas Week and the Sunday afternoon show Ask Your Legislator are available.
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The changing face of journalism

As newspapers and other forms of traditional news media experience economic difficulty, a gap has been created that needs to be filled. One of the solutions is the rise of non-profit organizations that have stepped in to provide the watchdog service that investigative journalism provides. Jason Stverak, author of the piece below, is president of the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, which funds investigative journalism in a growing number of states, including Kansas at Kansas Watchdog. This piece also appeared in National Review Online. Corruption and scandal are not simply bred in D.C. -- crooked politicians have to…
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Kansas news digest

News from alternative media around Kansas for December 21, 2009. KNEA uses incomplete funding data to argue for tax hikes (Kansas Liberty) "Kansas State Department of Education Deputy Commissioner says a common practice of legislators and school advocates is only citing the base state aid K-12 receives for gauging funding levels." Democrat drops out of governor's race (Kansas Liberty) "Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Wiggans announced yesterday that he was dropping out of the race amid allegations that he had acted in an ethically questionable manner at a previous job." Economist calls for scrapping state income tax (Kansas Reporter) "Kansas’ economy…
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