posted on Jan, 14 2005 @ 04:22 AM
For sometime now I have watched the use of the media by our government to promote the war in Iraq, when the war first started and I watched numerous
news channels I felt as though I was watching a pep rally and indeed at times looked to see where the cheerleaders were. I have repeatedly looked
elsewhere for alternative news sources due to the clear indications that we were not being given anything but a one sided view and nothing more. Take
the war in Iraq there is very little talk of civilian deaths or injuries, our own military who are injured are very seldom mentioned, just nothing but
numbers very few human interest stories that reflect the horror of war, just feel good ones about how proud this wife or family member is of their
soldier. It has gotten to the point to where I believe very little that is reported or I look elsewhere for the rest of the story.
Now finally here is proof of the use of the media to promote the govs agenda and though this is just two instances that might not matter to some I
feel it is proof positive of how our media is being used as a tool to promote a one sided view of what the Bush administration is doing. I do not
necessaily believe this is just something that has started with the Bush administration but one thing for sure it has gotten worse since he came into
/01/11/1446234The Bush administration paid prominent African American pundit Armstrong Williams $240,000
to promote its controversial No Child Left Behind legislation on his nationally syndicated television show and to urge other black journalists to do
Williams was required "to regularly comment on No Child Left Behind during the course of his broadcasts," and to interview Education Secretary Rod
Paige for TV and radio spots that aired during the show in 2004.
His contract was part of a 1 million dollar government deal with public relations firm Ketchum that produced fake, prepackaged new reports - known as
video news releases, or VNRs - that were designed to look like news reports and were used to promote No Child Left Behind. The Bush administration
used similar releases last year to promote its Medicare prescription drug plan, prompting a scolding from the Government Accountability Office, which
called them an illegal use of taxpayers" dollars.
Just last week, the GAO scolded the Bush administration a second time for distributing VNRs, this time produced by the Office of National Drug Control
Policy concerning the dangers of marijuana. They featured former reporter Mike Morris, and were aired, at least in part, on 300 news shows. The GAO
called it "illegal government propaganda."