News-Star “Official” Spokesman for Government

Gannett’s The (Monroe) News-Star, is apparently now an “official” source for government news. Prominently displayed on the website of Louisiana’s Department of Economic Development are several “news” stories about the controversial V-Vehicle Company and the now-stalled project at the old GM Guide Plant in Monroe. The big February 21/22 spread on the company is prominent in the display

The News-Star is home to Deputy Press Secretary for Government Mike Hasten, and Greg Hilburn, who doubles as press secretary for Ruston businessman James Davison.

Here is Gannett’s ethics policy, apparently no longer in use by the company.

Recall that Kathy Spurlock, Executive Editor of the newspaper is married to a state employee. The Managing Editor, Ken Stickney, also has a spouse that is employed by state government.

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