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Monday, March 14, 2005

Propaganda Hides Your Scum

I mentioned recently that I support expanding journalistic protection to bloggers. What I don't support is putting up with government-made "news" programs as if they were objective or reliable.

I'm sure that most of you remember when this administration produced a video about the wonders of the their Medicare bill. If you know about that, then I'm sure you also know that the "reporter" failed to say anything about the huge increases in funding that weren't accounted for anywhere in the bill or in discussions about it. That's not only deceptive, it's vile.

But they keep on making this stuff. The New York Times recently ran a story on these prepackaged TV segments, and I, for one, am sick of it. This kind of thing is unacceptable, especially since Bush and pals claim to have the market cornered when it comes to morals. Here's an excerpt from the Times:

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 acknowledgement of the government's role in their production.

But what can you do? Demand an apology and a promise to knock it off. Contact your Senator and representative in the House. Tell them to put pressure on this administration for their ridiculous propaganda.

Then tell the white house that this is absolutely unacceptable.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

i totally agree with you. it's time the governament controlled media to become independent again, else this country can be led to believe in anything and forced to do everything.

4:35 AM  

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