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Monday, March 14, 2005

White House Defends Video News Releases

Yahoo News - AP: White House Defends Video News Releases

WASHINGTON - The White House on Monday defended the administration's use of video news releases that are sent to television stations across the country and frequently used without any acknowledgment of the government's role in their production.

In an opinion last week, the Justice Department concluded that the practice was appropriate as long as the videos presented factual information about government programs. The memo was sent to heads of federal departments and agencies.

"The prohibition does not apply where there is no advocacy of a particular viewpoint, and therefore it does not apply to the legitimate provision of information concerning the programs administered by an agency," according to the Justice Department memo.

The advice conflicts with the opinion of the Government Accountability Office, which is the investigative arm of Congress. The GAO says that video news releases amount to illegal "covert propaganda" when they fail to make plain that the government is behind the releases.

Questions have been raised about government media practices after the revelation that conservative columnists were paid to promote administration policies and did not tell their audiences that they had received federal money. President Bush, after the practice was disclosed, said it was wrong and ordered that it stop.

The video news releases — from the Pentagon, Agriculture Department, Census Bureau and other agencies — have the appearance of other segments in news programs and frequently are not identified by local stations as being produced by the government.

White House press secretary Scott McClellan suggested the lack of disclosure was the fault of the broadcasters, not the government.

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Original Post relating to NY Times Report Exposing this Propaganda

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That says it all. If you can own the courts, nothing else matters.

8:45 PM, March 14, 2005  
Blogger Ozy said...

"Appropriate as long as the videos presented factual information about government programs." If it's appropriate then why not identify the source of the propaganda! This smells of Goebbles 1933 to 1945. The Bush regime seems to be hiding something everyday. With Taxpayer paid pundants to false news stories makes me think of the Nazi propaganda machine. I welcome anyone who can explain the difference between the methods of then and now. Just because our Government is the perpetrators gives me no comfort!

9:35 PM, March 14, 2005  

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