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.