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Jon Fleischman's FlashReport is little-read but much-feared

The website is fiercely conservative, with a small but influential readership. It works to keep California Republican politicians in line.

March 13, 2012|By James Rainey, Los Angeles Times

The Jarvis taxpayer group, Ventura County Supervisor Peter Foy and a campaign to stop government from banning plastic shopping bags are among advertisers who get plenty of coverage on the site.

Fleischman said readers can examine the ads and judge for themselves whether the sponsors have influenced what he publishes. He said his readers understand that his opinion is not for sale.

Not every one of Fleischman's financial connections, though, is transparent. In 2008, the FlashReport began to post stories from other publications about a fight over public land that had been designated for park space in Riverside County's Jurupa Valley. Fleischman didn't tell readers he had been paid by the park district for consulting work. (He wouldn't say how much he was paid.)

He said his site is jampacked with news links on all sorts of political disputes and that the attention to Jurupa had no connection to the money he received.

At the same time, he is not about to apologize for taking sides. "Our main motto is 'fair and biased,'" Fleischman said. "We will be fair and accurate, but we definitely will have a point of view."

james.rainey@latimes.com
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