Pop quiz. Guess which corporate front group funded by billionaire Dick DeVos is now providing legislative tracking to MLive.com?
That would be the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.
Today MLive began a new weekly series where they will “publish descriptions of bills and corresponding votes from the Michigan House and Senate as compiled by MichiganVotes.org.” MLive says MichiganVotes.org is “a free, non-partisan website created by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and provides descriptions of every bill and vote in the Michigan House and Senate.”
Sounds innocent enough, right?
Until you do some digging and realize that the editor of MichiganVotes.org is Jack McHugh, who once wrote in an email to Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills), “Our goal is (to) outlaw government collective bargaining in Michigan, which in practical terms means no more MEA.”
Here are some more of Jack McHugh’s greatest hits at the Mackinac Center:
The Mackinac Center has about as much credibility as an unbiased think tank as Dave Agema would have at a pride parade.
I give MLive a lot of credit for investing heavily in news departments across the state at a time when many media outlets are cutting back. But by providing free promotion to a biased and ideological special interest group like the Mackinac Center, they are undermining their own credibility and doing a disservice to their readers.
If you’d like to express your disappointment with MLive and encourage them to reconsider this decision, you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.