Gold, Tea Party, Glenn Beck and Covert Operations
By: Mike Stathis
Aug 28, 2010
Subscribers to the AVA Investment Analytics newsletter might recall a few months ago I criticized a nonpartisan think tank for its sudden departure from meaningful discussions related to America’s insidious trade policy. Incidentally, abandonment of the organization’s position on the detrimental effects of unfair trade coincided with the appointment of its head figure to a top advisory position in Washington.
If I had not been sensitive to the issues of trade, and if I had not been following this think tank for some time, I would not have noticed the organization’s internal gag order on trade issues since their top man departed for the White House.
From this experience I was reminded that you must always remain on-guard with respect to ALL sources you have come to trust in the media (if you can find any), including “think tanks” that claim to be nonpartisan.
Nonprofit think tanks are required to be nonpartisan in order to qualify for their tax-exempt status. In reality, I have not been able to identify a single nonpartisan think tank in all of my efforts.
What does that mean to you? You must be careful what you read because there is always a partisan spin on everything. The partisan spin is evident in the media. It’s less conspicuous in think tanks.