DAVENPORT, Iowa (AP) " Davenport, Iowa has pulled the plug on its taxpayer-funded news web site, which faced a backlash from critics who called it propaganda but also won praise in some quarters as an innovative approach to communications.
DavenportToday.com was credited with improving the city's public relations and giving residents greater access to information.
But critics attacked it as a misuse of taxpayer money and an attempt to control how the city was portrayed.
The city has taken down the site and laid off two employees who had helped produce stories and images about everything from fires and road closings to business openings and high school sports.
The city was among the first governments in the U.S. to launch what it called a news site at a time of newspaper industry cutbacks.
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