RALEIGH – Following a public records request, the Civitas Institute has published a new report that it says has revealed that the UNC Poverty Center used public resources to host a closed event which was political in nature and appears to have been blatantly partisan, in violation of the state laws on open government. A press release from Civitas goes on to say that “further review of the Poverty Center will likely show that North Carolina taxpayers have been subsidizing political organizing and activism, not higher education.
Tell you what, Francis: I might be willing to concede some of your points, if you and your colleagues had not been completely silent on the worst open government failure of the decade:
James O’Keefe, the president of Project Veritas, a non-profit organization dedicated to training video muckrakers nationwide. From student newspaper editors to bloggers to video producers to journalists, enterprising muckrakers across the country look to James for inspiration, advice, and encouragement.
“If I had to do it over, I probably wouldn’t have released this poll because it allows people … to try to taint all of our polls. If you do as many polls as we do, some of them are going to be bad...I will acknowledge that we ask questions with a bent on our monthly polling,” he says. “We’re trying to find out when politicians frame things in certain ways how they will be perceived by the general public.”
Translated: "When an elected Democrat makes a statement that can be taken out of context and twisted into sounding like something bad, we take advantage of that and put it in front of 600 people at a pop."
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