Report: Fact and opinion construction(think tanks)

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Shortly after Microsoft was faced with federal antitrust charges, full-page newspaper ads supporting Microsoft's claim of innocence were run by the Independent Institute. The ads took the form of a letter signed by 240 academic experts and purported to be a scholarly, unbiased view of why the government had gone overboard in its case against the company. According to an article published in the New York Times, Microsoft had not paid for the ads, but was in fact the single largest donor to the Independent Institute, a conservative organization, that has been a leading defender of the company since it first came under fire from federal prosecutors.

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Fact and opinion construction(think tanks)
    Think Tanks
-3   Examples of Mainly Corporate Funded Think Tanks: Manhattan Institute
-2   Corporate Money and Politics
-1   Influence of Corporate Funding on Think Tank Activities
0   The Microsoft Case
+1   Conservative vs. Progressive Think Tanks
+2   Funding Sources and Revenues
+3   Media Relations
Advertising, Public Relations and Think Tanks
Independent Institute
The Independent Institute officially is a "non-politicized, non-partisan, scholarly, public policy research organization" that sponsors studies of social and economic issues. The resulting studies are widely distributed as books and other publications, and are debated in the Institutes conferences and media programs. Areas of research are: Economic issues, social issues, environment and natural resources, industry policy, health and welfare.