PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The newspaper in Maine’s largest metropolis is decrying using its mother or father firm title in a nationwide conservative group’s political survey.
The title of the American Ideas Challenge survey — “Maine In the present day & Public Perception” — led some to imagine it had one thing to do with MaineToday Media, which owns the Portland Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel.
The survey requested questions on welfare for unlawful immigrants, vital race idea and gender points.
Steve Greenlee, government editor of the Press Herald, known as on the conservative assume tank to cease utilizing the newspaper’s title.
“Everybody is aware of that MaineToday Media is the corporate that publishes the Press Herald, Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel,” Greenlee stated in a written assertion. “Misappropriating the title of a information group in an try to legitimatize a survey is unacceptable and unethical, and we demand that whoever is behind this stop doing so instantly.”
The American Ideas Challenge produced anti-Gov. Janet Mills ads that might be deployed relying on the survey outcomes, stated Terry Schilling, the group’s president.
“This is rather like a ballot, besides as a substitute of polling a query we’re polling messages and ads,” Schilling instructed the newspaper. “We’re going to have a look at how efficient they’re after which decide about whether or not or to not become involved within the election in Maine.”
Schilling stated Monday he is checking into why the out-of-state vendor that performed the survey selected to make use of the title Maine In the present day. It was primarily a web-based survey that closed Sunday night, he stated.
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