Jun 28, 2010

The Michigan Truth Squad checks the Republican noise machine


With the Republican noise machine, the conservative media and millions of dollars spent on 30-second TV ads this election season, it’s hard to decipher the truth from hype and outright lies; enter the Michigan Truth Squad.

The Michigan Truth Squad is a project of the Center for Michigan, a "think-and-do tank” formed by Phil Power, the former owner and publisher of Hometown Newspapers, in 2006. The Truth Squad will promote honesty and integrity in the political campaign season.

The Truth Squad is enlisting the help of voters, and they can win prizes when you see a questionable claim in the political advertisements you see or hear this year. “If you hear or see a political ad - on TV, radio, in the newspaper, in the mail, on the Internet, via email- direct mail piece, individual campaign website, blog, press release, or other campaign material that raises questions in your mind,” send it to the Truth Squad. “ If a tip exposes an exaggeration, misinformation, an outright lie, or a distortion,” they will “call a “Foul!” on the candidate and campaign.” The tips can remain anonymous.

Tipsters will have a chance to win Truth Squad T-shirts, Flip Ultra camcorders and a grand prize two-night stay at the luxurious Greektown Casino-Hotel.

Doing the refereeing and investigating the tips will be Rick Haglund and Susan Demas. Haglund is a veteran reporter, covering Michigan business, economics and government at newspapers throughout the state. Most recently, at Booth Newspapers, where he wrote a statewide business column. He currently writes freelance for the Grand Rapids Press, Crain's Michigan Business, Detroit Legal News, The Center for Michigan, Dome magazine and others.

Livingston County residents will remember Demas when she briefly worked at the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus. She writes a weekly syndicated political column reaching 3 million readers every week, appearing in RealClearPolitics, the Detroit News, Lansing State Journal and eight newspapers for Mlive.com, the largest news site in Michigan. She currently writes for MIRS, Michigan Information and Research Service that covers the Capitol in Lansing.

7 comments:

Not Anonymous said...

Two socialist Democrats writing something called the Truth Squad. Yeah right.

Communications guru said...

First, anonymous coward, there is no such thing as a socialist Democrat in this country, and that is just a false, fascist Republican talking point. Second, they are journalists, not Democrats, and third, anonymous coward, I’m still waiting for you to back up your fairy tale that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”

Not Anonymous said...

You should go back and read their writings, especially Susan Dumbass. She's all socialist Democrat. To call her anything but that is only showing that you'll never make it on a truth squad.

Calling them journalists is the same as calling them socialist Democrats.

She's a shill for the socialist Democrats, so it's no wonder that you're advertising for her.

Communications guru said...

I have gone “back and read their writings,” anonymous coward. I stand by what I wrote; they are both journalists, and respected journalists, at that. Again, anonymous coward, there is no such thing as a socialist Democrat in this country, and that is just a false, fascist Republican talking point. Apparently, the only source you will accept is drudge and faux “news.”

Considering they have called fouls on Andy Dillon and the Michigan Democratic Party, twice, there is no way they can be called shrills for the Democratic Party. You will never, ever see a Republican criticized on drudge or faux.

Once again, anonymous coward, I’m still waiting for you to back up your fairy tale that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”

Not Anonymous said...

Never heard of "faux" so I can't make a comment on that. But you obviously don't know anything about Drudge. He doesn't write news. He supplies links to other stories that other publications do, both socialist Democrat and conserative.

Susan Dumbass is not respected. She's a joke. From her comments to her appearance, she's just funny as hell.

Communications guru said...

Of course you know what faux “news” is, anonymous coward. That and drudge are your sources and where you get your false talking points, like the one that there is such a thing as a socialist Democrat in this country; just another false, fascist Republics talking point picked up via Faux “news” and drudge.

Susan Demas is a respected political write and journalist. Her appearance? What’s wrong with her appearance, and why does it even matter, anonymous coward? She’s a heck of a lot smarter than you, but that’s not hard.

Once again, anonymous coward, I’m still waiting for you to back up your fairy tale that we were “nearly shoulder to shoulder once.”

Johnny C said...

Folks like not depend on the likes of Hannity, O'Reilly, Beck and whomever the local right wing liars that's on WJR for their "information". Anything that disprove the things Not takes in is made up.