RECENTLY ON TOL:
- A tumblr site dedicated to the people and places that make up Oregon and Southwest Washington.
A "fake news" supplement called "Economic Times of Oregon" ran in the Salem Statesman Journal either 10/21/2010 or 10/22/2010. It self-identifed connected with "Third Century Solutions" giving a contact email of email@example.com. This points it to U.S. Senate candidate Jim Huffman, see http://www.huffmanforsenate.com/index.php?option=com_biosystem&view=default&Itemid=6 where his contact is firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was rather interesting that the supplement did not seem to contain any direct appeals to vote for Jim Huffman or even any mention of him. Instead it gave statistics and stories that seemed to follow a unifying narrative that Oregon is very unfriendly toward business. I heard recently that Forbes ranked Oregon the 10th best state for business, so not only are these "stories" dangerous because they disguise their source as the Statesman Journal with no gurantee that they follow the same journalistic standard, but also they are misleading.
The supplement does say "paid advertisement", but the style (include typeset used and other look-and-feel aspects) is exactly that of the Statesman Journal. While this is probably legal for the advertisor, I am surprised that the Statesman would allow an add that is disguised to this extent - even with the "paid advertisement" wording. I read several of the articles before figuring out that it was not from the Statesman.
One of them gives the appearance of being written by former Governor Vic Atiyeh, although I suspect it was not. This article blames Governor's Roberts, Kitzhaber, and Kulongoski for creating policies that destroyed the economy.
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