Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Is it OK to use one's media megaphone to do a favor for your boss?
Happens all the time. Case in point:
A Baltimore Sun columnist, Marta H. Mossburg, in a column today (Dec 7 2010) invited the public to attend a conference in Annapolis, sponsored by her other employer, the Maryland Public Policy Institute.
Interesting that the conference is to focus on "transparency" when the Maryland Public Policy Institute is anything but transparent about its own funding.
According to the MPPI website today, Robert Ehrlich sits on the MPPI board. Does this right-wing millionaire put money into MPPI - so it can bash the Democratic majority Maryland legislature?
Here are some questions that are not likely to be addressed by the MMPI-sponsored transparency conference - or in any other venue run by MPPI:
Who gives the biggest dollars to MPPI?
Why does MPPI push only right wing and libertarian solutions to fiscal matters?
Why does MPPI hire people, such as Ms. Mossburg, with no discernible qualifications to propose economic solutions to Maryland's budgetary challenges?
In its call for transparency, why does MPPI ignore the lack of transparency in the private sector, of, say, "Tea Party" front outfits who are, rumor has it, wholly funded by right wing billionaires?