Faking the news

Slate's "Today Papers" reports:
An excellent NYT report takes an in-depth look at the Bush administration's Orwellian practice of flooding the airwaves with propaganda that looks like news.
Under Bush, at least 20 federal agencies have released hundreds of phony news segments, many of which are broadcast without acknowledging their governmental origin. (Check out the airplane safety video the article links to).
The segments are designed specifically to showcase Bush policies, and are often introduced by evening news anchors who've been given pre-written lead-ins. Among the many interesting facts in the article: "The Bush administration spent $254 million in its first term on public relations contracts, nearly double what the last Clinton administration spent."


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