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James C. Mitchell questioned a significant conflict of interest.

James C. Mitchell wrote:

“The story in the Coloradoan Life section Aug. 31 touted an upcoming series of motivational programs. Speakers would inspire audiences with ‘ life-changing insights’ and ‘messages of hope’ …

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“The tone was too gushy and uncritical to be a genuine news story. It fawned over the speakers. It seemed to take the metaphysical blather seriously.

“The Coloradoan did not reveal the writer’s relevant credential: she edits a magazine published by the promoter of the motivational speaker series…She was helping her own employer’s effort to sell tickets by writing a plug that resembled a real news story.”

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