GUARDIAN reader Clancy Anderson passed along some research on the issue of reporter vs lobbyist with the Idaho Freedom Foundation and its editor, Wayne Hoffman.
By CLANCY ANDERSON
I do not see enough separation between the Idaho Reporter and the Idaho Freedom Foundation. Mr. Hoffman states the day to day operations are independent of him as the publisher.
From the BOISE WEEKLY interview with Wayne Hoffman:
BW-“What is the formal relationship between the Idaho Freedom Foundation and idahoreporter.com?*
WH-Idahoreporter is published by the Idaho Freedom Foundation. I really don’t control the day-to-day content.
BW–But the editor reports to you.
WH–It’s like any other news organization where the publisher doesn’t control the editorial content.
BW–So what’s the best way to characterize your influence on the content?
WH–I freely admit that I have a vision for Idahoreporter, but I don’t think having a vision means that I dictate what the stories look like. I want to cover stories that aren’t being covered or aren’t getting enough attention. I want to hold people accountable. I want to put issues to a truth test.
This week he seems to have blurred that line of editorial independence. Each site has the same opinion piece on Transparency in government attributed to two different authors, Wayne Hoffman(IFF) and Mitch Coffman(IdahoReporter).
From IDAHO REPORTER. THIS STORY WAS ORIGINALLY ATTRIBUTED TO MITCH COFFMAN, but has been changed and is now attributed to Hoffman.
From IDAHO FREEDOM FOUNDATION.
I understand now why the Capital Correspondents have reservations about granting press credentials for the Idaho Reporter staff.
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