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Saturday, March 12, 2005

NY Times: News or Public Relations? For Bush It's a Blur

NY Times Reports: News or Public Relations? For Bush It's a Blur

Excerpt - It is the kind of TV news coverage every president covets.

"Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.," a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of "another success" in the Bush administration's "drive to strengthen aviation security"; the reporter called it "one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history." A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration's determination to open markets for American farmers.

To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three. The report from Kansas City was made by the State Department. The "reporter" covering airport safety was actually a public-relations professional working under a false name for the Transportation Security Administration. The farming segment was done by the Agriculture Department's office of communications.

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 different 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.

This winter, Washington has been roiled by revelations that a handful of columnists wrote in support of administration policies without disclosing they had accepted payments from the government. But the administration's efforts to generate positive news coverage have been considerably more pervasive than previously known. At the same time, records and interviews suggest widespread complicity or negligence by television stations, given industry ethics standards that discourage the broadcast of prepackaged news segments from any outside group without revealing the source.

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Hard Comment: With stories like this (above), guys like Sam Donaldson and other's in the Broadcasting World who are saying it is time to 'Ring the Alarm Bell' regarding the pressure they are under from the government, and with the many saying Main Stream Media has lost its credibility, well, guess what, MAINSTREAM MEDIA HAS LOST IT'S CREDIBILITY.

It looks like the showdown with the Government Propaganda and the US Media has begun in the last couple of weeks, I wonder who is going to win, and who will lose.

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Blogger Ozymandiask said...

It's like a cancer . The bush Administrations example to other people in this country Buy using tax dollars to promote his agenda Has cought on. The fake Governor of California has used the Bush (Goebbels Style) of propaganda!"Schwarzenegger Latest To Fake News Stories" http://propagandamatrix.com/articles/march2005/110305fakestories.htm
No Big Surprize here! My Question is when are these stupid Bushites going to wake up and realize they are being conned by the likes of Arnie and Bush. "Fool me Once. Shame on you! Fool Me twice ahaha aah ah!"

8:16 PM, March 12, 2005  

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