The Original American Malcontent

Experience hath shewn, that even under the best forms of government those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Focus: Center for Public Integrity

Although the majority of “think tanks” out there tend to be conservative or ultra-conservative in nature, there are a few that actually do good work. The majority of think tanks qouted in mainstream are from the right, in fact, according to a study by F.A.I.R. – 50% of quotations came from the right, 33% from the center and only 13% from the center left. From that perspective, it’s easy to see where the media’s bias lies, and it’s definitly not what you would call liberal. So in the interest of shining the light on some of these other underepresented groups and their viewpoints, I’ll make sure to give them a mention here. For my first choice I’ve chosen the Center for Public Integrity. This group offers research in several areas where corruption has tainted out body politic and even has some research tools to help you on your own investigations, like perhaps you were wondering where your state lawmakers assets are tied up? Check this link. Or check out the MediaTracker and InfluenceTracker. This is a really great site if you like the idea of doing your own research. My favorite resource offered by this site is handy little tool that will tell you exactly who has made contributions to your lawmakers campaigns – after all they say you can always judge a person by the friends they keep.


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