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Thursday
Oct162014

Franklin Center - Covering tech policy: From D.C. to your Wi-Fi router  

 

Covering tech policy: From D.C. to your Wi-Fi router

In today's busy and complex world, technology pervades nearly every bit of modern life, making it critical for Americans to stay informed about tech issues and the government’s response to them. That's where Watchdog.org tech reporter Josh Peterson comes in.

If there’s one thing Peterson consistently stresses in his stories, it’s depth. On a beat where terms and details of technology policy can be difficult to decipher, it's hard to overstate the value of reporting that goes beyond a surface level he-said/she-said coverage.

Read more about how Watchdog.org is keeping you informed about how the government's treatment of tech issues affects you.

 

A Note From Our President

Dear Reader,

Technology policy probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind when we think of state-level reporting, but as a news organization founded online, we understand the need to keep Americans informed about internet freedom and other tech issues that could drastically change the way we communicate. In a world where technology permeates every aspect of our lives, government's handling of Internet regulation, cybersecurity measures, and the threat of EMP attacks needs more public scrutiny than ever. 

That's why the Franklin Center has made a point of stressing tech coverage by our reporters at Watchdog.org and in our outreach to bloggers and citizen journalists. Their stellar work from across the nation has helped our readers keep up with the latest tech policy debates and guided them through complicated issues like the government's proposed "Net Neutrality" regulations. I hope you'll take a moment to read more and see how decisions made by federal bureaucrats affect the technologies you use every day.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

Wednesday
Oct152014

Watchdog - The lawbreaking presidency of Elizabeth Warren  

 

Secret recordings reveal Elizabeth Warren would be Regulator-in-Chief

 

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has played it cool, denying she’ll run for president in 2016 in a way that seems designed to boost expectations she will.

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 Chinese institute spreads across U.S., but some say it also spreads propaganda

 



During the past decade, the Confucius Institute has established itself at nearly 500 universities and K-12 schools in the United States, and at roughly another 500 around the world.

 

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Campaign spokesman threatens reporter with arrest for asking for documents


The campaign spokesman for Gov. John Hickenlooper threatened this reporter with arrest and called police when the reporter attempted to get the candidate’s tax returns, which were distributed to other Colorado media weeks ago.
Thursday
Oct092014

Franklin Center - Do legacy media carry the same weight?  

Do Legacy Media Publications Still Carry the Same Weight They Used to?

When The Guardian newspaper wrote that “the New York Times is surprised to find itself a stepping-stone," it nailed the latest crisis to hit traditional media: the growing disinterest of its best and brightest at working there. But is it really surprising that the smartest people in a declining industry are looking for opportunities elsewhere?

What makes the trend notable is its size and depth: What started as a trickle is now a flood. A lot of prized talent in recent years, and especially in the watershed year 2013, abandoned plum names in print and broadcast journalism to forge new paths in online-only news organizations and start-ups.

Learn more about changing media landscape here.

 

A Note >From Our President

Dear Reader,

We've been sounding a clarion call about the decline of legacy media outlets for some time now, but it seems only recently that the idea is beginning to sink in throughout the broader media world. Many of the best and brightest journalists at "elite" publications like the New York Times and Washington Post are taking their talents elsewhere to alternative, online-only outlets. 

This growth in innovative news outlets means more sources of information and fresh voices to foster public debate. It means government entities and politicians will have a harder time avoiding scrutiny from every side. And it primes the pump for the next generation of watchdog journalists to find new ways of uncovering the hard-hitting stories that keep America's free press alive.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

 

P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

 

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9 ways to shed light on election season with citizen journalism

A citizen watchdog offers 9 tips to honest investigative reporting during the election season.

Are Democrats suppressing North Carolina’s conservative voters?

Democrats in North Carolina are trying to end the democratic process by shutting down the rights of popular conservative groups like Americans for Prosperity.

 

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Sunday
Sep212014

Franklin Center - Big Labor bosses and so-called “solidarity”  

Big Labor bosses and so-called "solidarity"

Did you know that almost 500 union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year? For many Americans, such payouts fly in the face of the “solidarity” rhetoric that union leaders frequently use. That's why Watchdog.org reporters have been hard at work owning this story and asking the tough questions about Big Labor's salaries.

How much do labor union leaders in your state make?

 

A Note >From Our President

Dear Reader,

At their best, labor unions can be a strong advocate for employees, but often union leaders stop effectively representing their members and focus rather on personal gain. Watchdog.org recently found that hundreds of union officers and employees made more than a quarter of a million dollars last year - and all of it came straight out of the pockets of hardworking Americans.

Many employees have little choice in how their dues are spent, so we want to make sure they're informed about the inner workings of the labor groups that are supposed to represent their interests. Holding government accountable means holding influential interest groups accountable too.

Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President, Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity

 

 

 

P.S. If you would like to help us keep up the fight for a free press, you can donate here!

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Video: Fast-food workers demand higher wages while blocking traffic, refusing to answer basic questions

 

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Saturday
Jul262014

Franklin Center - Free speech won a major victory  

 

Dear Friend,

More than a year ago, a company founded by Terry McAuliffe – the Clintons’ former chief fundraiser and now the governor of Virginia – slapped the Franklin Center with an $85 million libel lawsuit.

I wanted you to be among the first to know – yesterday, a federal judge in Mississippi threw out the entire lawsuit.

Our investigation into GreenTech Automotive and into McAuliffe’s role with the company, which he used to launch his candidacy for governor, started when one of our reporters found that, while the company didn’t seem to be producing many cars, it was soliciting investments through a controversial federal program called EB-5. The EB-5 program offers any foreign national who invests $500,000 in a U.S. company a green card. The program has been rife with problems – and appeared to be one of GreenTech’s main funding sources.

The lawsuit filed against us – one of the largest libel suits in American history – was nothing less than an attempt to shut us down for telling the truth. But we decided to fight back, to defend ourselves, and most importantly, to keep digging. Altogether we produced more than 90 stories examining McAuliffe’s connections to GreenTech from every possible angle.

This is all too often how the progressive establishment operates. Rather than engaging their opponents in a battle of ideas, seeking to win on merit, they use the legal system and other bullying tactics to shut their opponents down. This time, however, we were able to to fight back on behalf of all of those whom the system has tried to silence.

We’re sure there will be many more battles like this to come. Even as I write, one of our reporters is fighting Gov. McAuliffe’s office for answers on the immigration crisis – going so far as to camp out on the floor, just outside his office, waiting to confront him and demand the information that taxpaying citizens are clamoring for and deserve. And GreenTech may even appeal the court’s order dismissing its baseless lawsuit. Will you considering supporting us in the hard, ongoing work of investigative journalism?

Thank you so much for your loyal support and readership. Because of you, the cause of free speech won a major victory against the powerful, moneyed progressive establishment. Please know that you have the gratitude of the entire Franklin Center staff.
Best regards,

Jason Stverak
President
Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity