The editor of the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch admits to having posted a critique of the documentary "Super Size Me," a critical look at the fast food industry, without letting readers know that the author of the critique manages the TechCentralStation website, funded by McDonalds: Some additional checking on our part also would have led us to the lavish spinoff Web site that TechCentralStation.com has devoted solely to discrediting "Super Size Me." It also would have revealed information about the company listed as "publisher" of TechCentralStation.com: DCI Group, a high-powered Washington lobbying and public relations firm. Philosophically speaking, whether there is such a thing as a truly independent view - and whether Glassman's qualifies as one - is an interesting question. Practically speaking, our responsibility is to provide the provenance of the opinions we publish and let readers come to their own conclusions.


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