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"The Bush administration is where it is today because it has built on previous administrations' growing sophistication in this area," says Paul McMasters, First Amendment ombudsman for the Freedom Forum's First Amendment Center, who has studied news management practices. "It isn't just the federal government or one party," he points out. The corporate, legal, education and military worlds have become more adroit in dealing with the press as well. "It just so happens the federal government is a major source of information and that information has so much to do with the functioning of democracy as well as the functioning of government that news management there is of such consequence."