WASHINGTON - What Illinois Review strives to do on a state issues level, Heritage Foundation is now launching at a national level - a new source of balanced news reporting. The Daily Signal has taken on CBS' ex-reporter Sharyl Attkisson as senior independent contributor. In an exclusive interview, Attkisson says the news media are heading down a dangerous path with attempts to “censor or block stories” that don’t align with their preferred agenda.
With major topics such as Benghazi, Common Core, Cronyism and ObamaCare, they'll be updating daily and adding to the national news front. From Bloomberg BusinessWeek:
Now Heritage has a new plan to exert its influence and, its leaders hope, win converts to the cause. On June 3 it will begin publishing the Daily Signal, a new digital news site whose primary focus will be straight reporting. “We came to the realization that the mainstream media had really abdicated the responsibility to do the news and do it well,” says Geoffrey Lysaught, vice president of strategic communications at the Heritage Foundation, who will also serve as publisher. The site aims to rectify the conservative perception that mainstream news slants to the left. “We plan to do political and policy news,” says Lysaught, “not with a conservative bent, but just true, straight-down-the-middle journalism.”
How does this help Heritage? The Daily Signal will also publish an opinion section aimed at a younger audience that isn’t thumbing through the editorial pages of theWall Street Journal. Heritage is betting that these readers, attracted to the Daily Signal’s news, will find themselves persuaded by the conservative commentary and analysis that will draw on the think tank’s scholars and researchers.
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