PRI'S CALWATCHDOG SEEKS TO EXPOSE WASTE, FRAUD AND ABUSE IN THE STATE
[Publisher’s Note: We here at the FlashReport couldn’t be more excited and thrilled than we are with the launch of the Pacific Research Institute’s CalWatchDog project. When you finish reading this piece by Steven Greenhut, you’ll understand why – Flash]
Sixteen years ago, as a building and remodeling editor for Better Homes and Gardens magazine in Des Moines, I desperately wanted to get my opinions heard – not the ones about the latest kitchen remodeling or home addition, but about the hot political debates of the day. I had little political standing, so I had no choice but to pester a handful of mainstream publications to print my stuff.
The liberal Des Moines Register eventually published a number of my columns and I eventually left BH&G and went on to an editorial-page editor job in Ohio, then out to the Orange County Register to serve as a columnist and editorial writer. Last week, I launched a new Web site – www.calwatchdog.com – that’s the centerpiece of my latest career move, as director of the Pacific Research Institute’s journalism center. I share these boring career stories because they closely track a dramatic transformation of media in an unbelievably short period of time.
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Samuel Johnson’s 1775 observation that “patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel” has particular resonance nowadays, with civil libertarians