Vigilante Journalism

Government transparency has always been oxymoron. Sordid details of profligate spending get outed and become legend – everybody knows about the $600 toilet seat or the half-billion dollar travel system that isn’t used.

Now we have citizen journalists watching over the bailout with BailoutSleuth.com:

BailoutSleuth believes that transparency is vital to the success of the taxpayer-funded bailout program. The $700 billion allocated for the Troubled Asset Relief Program translates to roughly $2,300 for every man, woman and child in America.

BailoutSleuth surveys for suspicious documents and interprets why items have been redacted…

MSM publishers like Washington Post should consider partnering with sites like BailoutSleuth, providing supplemental journalistic resources and pushing traffic to the site. Citizen journalists don’t cost as much as staff reporters and appreciate the mass media exposure.

About Pat Kitano

Patrick Kitano works with brands in developing hyperlocal engagement solutions and is administrator of the Breaking News Network, a national hyperlocal network devoted to community service. He is the author of The Local Network on Street Fight, and is reachable via Twitter @pkitano and email pkitano@gmail.com.

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