The Bush administration has produced news look-alike video propaganda clips and successfully persuaded television news stations across the country to air them uncritically and, often, uncut. As many as 20 government departments have produced fake news that stations relayed as though they had produced the segments themselves according to the standard rules of journalism, the New York Times reported.
Both the Bush and the Schwarzenegger administrations have gone so far as to script introductory lines for the news anchor to read out – noting with satisfaction that in many cases their http://www.dvorak.org/blog/?p=1614scripts have been followed to the letter.
It’s one thing for our media to be beholden to commercial interests, but it’s another to be puppets for the state. I hate to sound all Orwellian, but can you say ‘state-run media’?