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Watchdog Group

An organization, often nonprofit, that researches and publishes information on alleged abuses in a certain area or sector. For example, a watchdog group may investigate the truth of stories reported in the media or poor environmental practices in private companies. At their best, watchdog groups may expose real corruption, but they may be susceptible to bias themselves.
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United States military actions killed about 120 civilians and injured 65 others in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Somalia last year, the Pentagon said in a report on Thursday, though the figures were far lower than those reported by watchdog groups.
In Minute Resolution 18-0329, the Comelec cited the experience of the two poll watchdog groups as the main reason for their accreditation.
Sinclair Broadcast Group has faced an immediate backlash for requiring news anchors at dozens of its local stations to read a segment which said they were concerned over "the troubling trend of irresponsible, one-sided news stories plaguing our country," and accused national media outlets of reporting "fake stories without checking the facts first," the Wall Street Journal reports, citing the backlash from media watchdog groups, media personalities and news staffers at Sinclair.
John Courage, state chairman of the nonpartisan watchdog group Common Cause, said he believes the bill is unconstitutional and could be challenged in court by various watchdog groups.
A lawmaker wants two poll watchdog groups to explain their alleged links to the National Transformation Council (NTC), a group calling for President Aquinos ouster.
Readers debated accusations from watchdog groups that faith-based service organizations are more anti-Catholic than anti-poverty.
According to various media reports Obama might appear at quarterly meetings with Organizing for Action's top fundraisers, something Republicans and watchdog groups criticized as the kind of pay-for-play politics that Obama has in the past decried.
Both the Government and the socalled watchdog groups miss the whole issue.
Consumer watchdog groups, lawmakers and others have criticized the FDA for using the accelerated approval process for more products than Congress originally intended, leading to problems with devices after they are sold.
Maybe the NSTC was unaware that several studies by the Government Accountability Office and other watchdog groups have meticulously documented how these DHS projects have been plagued by stovepipe management and lack of coordination among agencies, which resulted in huge cost overruns and schedule delays.
There is always the danger when things like this happen that consumers do not know where to turn because the watchdog groups they are familiar with no longer exist.
Interestingly, these products have caught the attention of parent watchdog groups for this very reason.