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Detroit Free Press Caught Using Code Pinkers in its Focus Group

What’s a leftist or two among friends?

A Detroit Free Press editor expressed regret Monday that the anti-war group CodePink was able to infiltrate a focus group of so-called independent voters the newspaper interviewed during the political conventions, but said he didn’t see the harm in having a “radical leftist or two” in the group.
Two members of the group – as well as two other liberal activists – were able to pass themselves off to the newspaper as independent voters so they could offer praise of Barack Obama after his Democratic presidential nomination acceptance speech. A week later they turned the tables and ripped into Republican Sarah Palin’s vice presidential nomination acceptance speech. Their comments appeared online and were excerpted in the Free Press’ print edition.
“I wish that it weren’t the case that there were two people from an activist group and we didn’t know about it,” assistant managing editor Randy Essex told FOXNews.com.

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