Empire-Funded Think Tanks Are Not Valid Sources: Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix• By: Caitlin Johnstone
It is never, ever acceptable, under any circumstances, to cite think tanks funded by governments and the military industrial complex as sources of information or expertise on matters of national security or foreign affairs.
If you do cite them (and, again, don't), then at the very least you need to disclose the conflict of interest their funding causes in your reporting, and you need to make it abundantly clear to your audience that it is a conflict of interest.
This happens every single day in the western media, but just as an example take the way the independent Australian publication Crikey has shamefully published a bogus propaganda piece about the Chinese government persecuting LGBT people, with their sole source being the empire-funded Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
#Crikey sets its sights on "human rights abuse" of China's LGBTQI+ community relying on a single source for its investigation – the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Crikey!#auspol #rainbowalerthttps://t.co/3gWeYqBAnx— CO-WEST-PRO (@cowestpro) March 18, 2023