- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - The conservative Kansas Policy Institute says it is planning to launch its own news service.

Kansas Policy Institute President Dave Trabert announced in a video on the organization’s website that it will start a service called the Sentinel.

But University of Kansas journalism professor Scott Reinardy said the service will be “no different than a public relations arm of their organization,” the Lawrence Journal-World (https://bit.ly/2hlIPtk ) reported.

The video announcement starts by alleging that media outlets withhold information about government and economy to influence public opinion.

“Well we’ve had enough and we’re going to do something about it,” Trabert said in the video. “It’s called the Sentinel and its primary purpose is to hold media and government accountable.”

Trabert said the Sentinel is organized as a separate, nonprofit entity, although he and KPI’s vice president and policy director James Franko serve on its five-member board. The Sentinel also contracts with the institute for fundraising.

The Sentinel has hired Jack Cashill and Danedri Herbert, two conservative writers. Cashill released a recent book called “Scarlet Letters: The Ever Increasing Intolerance of the Cult of Liberalism.” Herbert, a former Kansas City Star contributor, said, “I write unabashedly from a Christian, center-right perspective.”

Reinardy said there is a growing national trend to create partisan media outlets as a result of years of distrust in traditional media.

“This has been going on systematically for 25 years,” Reinardy said. “When there’s a problem, it’s the media’s fault. It’s always the media’s fault. And there are faults, don’t get me wrong. However, the media is under such bombardment right now. It’s always wrong.”


Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, https://www.ljworld.com

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