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A Think tank is an organization that claims to serve as a center for research and/ or analysis of important public issues. In reality, many Think tanks are little more than public relations fronts, usually headquartered in state or national seats of government and generating self-serving scholarship that serves the advocacy goals of their industry sponsors; in the words of

Yellow Times.org
columnist John Chuckman, "phony institutes where ideologue-propagandists pose as academics ... [into which] money gushes like blood from opened arteries to support meaningless advertising's suffocation of genuine debate".

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Of course, some Think tanks are more legitimate than that. Private funding does not necessarily make a researcher a shill, and some think-tanks produce worthwhile public policy research. In general, however, research from Think tanks is ideologically driven in accordance with the interests of its funders.

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