Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'

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  1. catstevens

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    Bush 'planted fake news stories on American TV'
    By Andrew Buncombe in Washington
    Published: 29 May 2006
    Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies' products. Investigators from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking information about stations across the country after a report produced by a campaign group detailed the extraordinary extent of the use of such items. The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items. "We know we only had partial access to these VNRs and yet we found 77 stations using them," said Diana Farsetta, one of the group's researchers. "I would say it's pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air."
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    Ms Farsetta said the public relations companies commissioned to produce these segments by corporations had become increasingly sophisticated in their techniques in order to get the VNRs broadcast. "They have got very good at mimicking what a real, independently produced television report would look like," she said. The FCC has declined to comment on the investigation but investigators from the commission's enforcement unit recently approached Ms Farsetta for a copy of her group's report. The range of VNR is wide. Among items provided by the Bush administration to news stations was one in which an Iraqi-American in Kansas City was seen saying "Thank you Bush. Thank you USA" in response to the 2003 fall of Baghdad. The footage was actually produced by the State Department, one of 20 federal agencies that have produced and distributed such items.
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    Many of the corporate reports, produced by drugs manufacturers such as Pfizer, focus on health issues and promote the manufacturer's product. One example cited by the report was a Hallowe'en segment produced by the confectionery giant Mars, which featured Snickers, M&Ms and other company brands. While the original VNR disclosed that it was produced by Mars, such information was removed when it was broadcast by the television channel - in this case a Fox-owned station in St Louis, Missouri. Bloomberg news service said that other companies that sponsored the promotions included General Motors, the world's largest car maker, and Intel, the biggest maker of semi-conductors. All of the companies said they included full disclosure of their involvement in the VNRs. "We in no way attempt to hide that we are providing the video," said Chuck Mulloy, a spokesman for Intel. "In fact, we bend over backward to make this disclosure." The FCC was urged to act by a lobbying campaign organised by Free Press, another non-profit group that focuses on media policy. Spokesman Craig Aaron said more than 25,000 people had written to the FCC about the VNRs. "Essentially it's corporate advertising or propaganda masquerading as news," he said. "The public obviously expects their news reports are going to be based on real reporting and real information. If they are watching an advertisement for a company or a government policy, they need to be told." The controversy over the use of VNRs by television stations first erupted last spring. At the time the FCC issued a public notice warning broadcasters that they were obliged to inform viewers if items were sponsored. The maximum fine for each violation is $32,500 (£17,500).
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  2. catstevens

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    CAIRO, May 29, 2006 (IslamOnline.net) Source – The Bush administration has produced many news items, known as Video News Releases (VNRs), about success in Iraq and fed them to the American public through television stations as independent news reports, The Independent reported on Monday, May 29. "They have got very good at mimicking what a real, independently produced television report would look like," said Diana Farsetta, a researcher at the Center for Media and Democracy."I would say it's pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these (VNRs) get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air."A report by the non-profit group found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of VNRs without telling viewers who had produced them.The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is already investigating the charges. The FCC had last print warned broadcasters that they were obliged to inform viewers if items were sponsored.The maximum fine for each violation is $32,500.
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    Among fake items provided by the administration to news stations was one in which an Iraqi-American in Kansas City was seen saying "Thank you Bush. Thank you USA" in response to the 2003 fall of Baghdad.The footage was actually produced by the State Department, one of 20 federal agencies that have produced and distributed such items."The public obviously expects their news reports are going to be based on real reporting and real information," said FCC spokesman Craig Aaron."If they are watching an advertisement for a company or a government policy, they need to be told."Last year the administration came under fire after revelation that articles have been written in English, translated into Arabic, by US military "information operation" troops and then given to Baghdad newspapers to print in return for money.A defense contractor and a Washington-based public relations firm called Lincoln Group helped translate the stories and used staff or subcontractors posing as freelance journalists or advertising executives to bring them to Iraqi media outlets.The USA Today also revealed late last year that that a $300 million Pentagon psychological warfare operation includes plans to place pro-American messages in foreign media outlets without disclosing the US government as the source.
    *Peace and love*
    Yours Sincerely,
    Cat Stevens
     
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  4. Dr Phibes

    Dr Phibes Banned

    Who Woulda Thunk It?
     
  5. Politics are awesome

    Politics are awesome Politics suck

    Funny, almost everytime I turn on a news channel there're nothing but commercials on.

    Who really cares whats on the news, anyway? It's all BS; they only care about ratings. :rolleyes:
     
  6. boothy

    boothy Senior Member

    Yeah, but it's still trying to brainwash the people. The past few weeks has made me realize excactly how much of a police state (1984 like) america is becoming.
     
  7. Squirrel

    Squirrel Member

    Big Brother is watching you masturbate. . .
     
  8. satch

    satch Member

    The Bush administration, according to BBC TV, censors most scientific reports on global warming to suit their own agenda - which is as simple as make more money. No surprise there either!
     
  9. Dr Phibes

    Dr Phibes Banned

    Excellent link Satch!
     
  10. catstevens

    catstevens Muslim Top To Toe

    Hi satch :)
    Thank you very much for the link :)
    Yours Sincerely,
    Cat Stevens
     
  11. satch

    satch Member

    Glad to meet on-line people who seem to share similar views to ours!
     
  12. boothy

    boothy Senior Member

    Hey satch, welcome, nice to meet ya! Yeah there are some great people with excellent views here, great place to have a good debate :)

    check out this thread I made about that very thing the other day:
    http://www.hipforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=171252

    Suprisingly it has little commments... seems to me quite significant to know that their people are being so obviously lied too!
     
  13. catstevens

    catstevens Muslim Top To Toe

    satch
    welcome to the forums :) enjoy your time here
    boothy
    Thank you for posting that
    *Peace and love*
    Yours Sincerely,
    Cat Stevens
     
  14. gardener

    gardener Realistic Humanist

    The Bush administration feels they are above the law, and they will do anything to promote their agenda.
     
  15. catstevens

    catstevens Muslim Top To Toe

    Hi gardener :)
    And we SHOULD stop that


    *Peace and love*




    Yours Sincerely,

    Cat Stevens


     

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