Tuesday, March 15, 2005

And now the news... anchored by President Bush!

The Bush government produced look-alike news propaganda
clips and then persuaded television stations across the
country to air them uncritically and, often, uncut. As
many as 20 government departments have produced fake
news which stations broadcast as though they had
produced the segments themselves, according to The New
York Times. Practiced before, elsewhere too. One
difference : it is not always known or revealed by

Quotes :

"... Under the Bush administration, the federal
government has aggressively used a well-established tool
of public relations: the prepackaged, ready-to-serve
news report that major corporations have long
distributed to TV stations to pitch everything from
headache remedies to auto insurance. In all, at least
20 federal agencies, including the Defense Department
and the Census Bureau, have made and distributed
hundreds of television news segments in the past four
years, records and interviews show. Many were
subsequently broadcast on local stations across the
country without any acknowledgment of the government's
role in their production... "

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