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Bush sending propaganda to local news

This is an article from the NYC IMC by FreePress.net:
Stop the propaganda sent by the Bush administration to your local news channels!
Please sign  http://www.freepress.net/action/petition.php?n=fakenews & pass this on. This is blatant propaganda disguised as news.

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that at least 20 federal agencies have made and distributed pre-packaged, ready-to-serve television news segments to promote President Bush's policies and initiatives.

Congress' Government Accountability Office determined that these "video news releases" were illegal "covert propaganda" and told federal agencies to stop. But last Friday, the White House ordered all agencies to disregard Congress' directive.

The Bush administration is using hundreds of millions of your tax dollars to manipulate public opinion. Here's how to stop them:

Sign our petition ( http://www.freepress.net/action/petition.php?n=fakenews) and help us get 250,000 people to join our call to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and local television stations. Tell Congress and the FCC to toughen and enforce laws against "covert propaganda" and demand that broadcasters come clean with viewers about using government-produced news.

Join others in your community to create "citizen agreements" with your local TV stations to stop fake news broadcasts. These agreements are official documents filed at the FCC that -- if broken -- can be used to deny license renewals. Free Press will connect you with others in your area working to ensure local broadcasters identify the sources behind the "news."
Unless we speak out now, the White House will continue to act with impunity -- taking advantage of understaffed and incautious local news operations to manipulate public opinion.

Please take a few moments to sign the Free Press petition and forward this message to everyone you know.


Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press

John Stauber
Executive Director
Center for Media and Democracy

P.S. To learn more, read the in-depth report from Free Press ( http://www.freepress.net/propaganda/) on the systematic effort by the Bush administration to manipulate journalists and the American public.
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Amerikan Pravda! 14.Mar.2005 23:14

a cascadian

Well lets start calling this the "Amerikan Pravda". The other night I was talking to a Texan cool-aide drinking friend who blurted out "liberal media" when we were talking global news and I mentioned something negative about "our glorious leader". I was a bit taken back hearing how much it was just an "reflex" action she had. Well after all the memes fascist mouth-pieces have spread with things like "liberal media" or "liberal!" its time we capture the public collective mind with "Amerikan Pravda!". Unfortunately I would be concerned that those fascist mind dead followers would have no brain cells to remember what "Pravda" was or is during the Cold War. We should try anyway.

Start a spoof paper 14.Mar.2005 23:47


You could just model it after the real pravda or some of the media releases praising the "glorious leader kim il jong". Make up some stories about how 50,000 people paid tribute to the great leader in downtown portland today...

Reverese-meme them until they puke whenever they here Bush's name.

Thanks to Messenger 15.Mar.2005 00:05

Progressive Democrat

Thanks, Messenger, for the story and for the link to the petition. I just signed it.


"A fool and his money are soon elected." ---- Will Rogers

I also signed your petition. 15.Mar.2005 00:27



Let the Congress take down Bush 15.Mar.2005 08:23

Tony Blair's dog

They have the right to do that if the president
does not abide by the will of the people.

Just remove him from office since he time and time again
proves that he goes against the good of the country.

spoof paper 15.Mar.2005 14:32

Catalina Eddie

I remember back in the sixties (yeah, I'm that old) in Sunland Tujunga, CA somebody came out with a spoof issue of the Record Ledger calling it the Wrecker Ledger. It was hilarious! It totally satirized the paper using the same themes the original used, including a do-it-yourself political cartoon. I doubt that anyone who saw it ever thought of the Record Ledger the same way.

We could do the same with The Whoregonian, or The Contemptable. I don't know quite how, but I'd love to be part of it. That might even be almost legal. Feature that.