The Heritage Foundation’s Dishonest ‘Journalism’

The Heritage Foundation has launched what it calls a “multimedia news platform” called the Daily Signal but they seem to be having a difficult time with pesky things like journalistic ethics. They’ve demonstrated this by conveniently leaving out a key fact about that situation in Idaho where the wedding chapel thought it might be forced to perform a same-sex wedding and immediately became the martyrs du jour for the Christian right.

On Friday, October 24, it was reported that the city of Coeur d’Alene had sent a letter to Donald and Evelyn Knapp, the owners of the Hitching Post wedding chapel, telling them that they are allowed to refuse to perform same-sex marriages under the relevant ordinance. Six days later, Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation published a column in the Providence Journal about it that does not mention that fact at all. When my friend Walter Olson called him on it on Twitter, Anderson said:

I wrote this over a week ago. It’s a syndicate. You know how publishing works. And, still, it’s accurate on policy.

Okay, so it’s syndicated. But then the same column was republished in the Daily Signal, which is controlled completely by Heritage, and it still doesn’t mention. That was on Nov. 2, a full 9 days after it happened and Heritage controls the content of its own “news” outlet completely. They could at least have added an editor’s note to the original column. They didn’t. All the news that’s not fit to print, apparently.

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  • John Pieret

    Hey! The Heritage Foundation is a (double)think tank. No one should expect them to be truthful! Caveat emptor!

  • Modusoperandi

    Mistakes were made. Facts come out refuting stories that come out days later all the time. These things happen. You know how slow the modern world is, with the glacial pace of email, telephony and the internet. Besides, even if the error could have been corrected, it didn’t fit the intended, false, narrative.

  • grumpyoldfart

    The American people are wise enough to see through the lies and discover the truth. That’s what makes it such a great country.

  • caseloweraz

    Ryan Anderson: I wrote this over a week ago. It’s a syndicate. You know how publishing works.

    It sounds like he’s implying that corrections and apologies can’t be syndicated. Horsepucky.