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Originally posted by soficrow
These laws are here to protect our democracy. If they are not enforced, our democracy is a farce.
the promotion of government policies through video news releases meant to look like TV news stories
The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy was criticized last year for a series of video news releases in which a narrator, sometimes identified as "Karen Ryan" or "Mike Morris," said she or he was "reporting" on the office's activities. The tapes were sent to local television stations for use in news programs.
In a second case criticized by the GAO last year, the Health and Human Services Department's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services produced video news releases touting changes to Medicare. Those productions were also narrated by "Karen Ryan" and were offered to local TV news operations.
In both cases, Walker wrote Thursday, "television-viewing audiences did not know that stories they watched on television news programs about the government were, in fact, prepared by the government. We concluded that those prepackaged news stories violated the publicity or propaganda prohibition."
If it was democrats in power doing the same thing do you seriously think you'd have the same opinion?
even the fact of the South Korean government never mentioned Pres. Clinton giving the North Koreans the materials for nuke plants. Americans should consider themselves luck that the news isn't run by the government. Our media system is so complex that the government cannot control it. Hell most kids who were screaming about their rights and that they need to vote or die during the last election probably had no idea about the two canidiates. The only way I knew about it was a paper i had to write about the two agendas. After researching from both candiates official web sites i found that they were basically running on the same agenda. However if someone only watched the news they would have though that bush was only pro business and that kerry was for/against the war whichever day it was. The problem is that people either watch TV news or they don't get any news. As educated citizens it should be a requirement that we take a test on what the candidates stand for and government policy before we can vote. Hell i wonder how many people know how many Justices there are on the bench at the supreme court or even how a bill is becomes a law. The children of the 70's knew through prgming like school house rock. Nowadays it's more important that kids know about broken familys and how many out of, wedlock kids there are in Hollywood. Prgming is more about interracial couples and lesbian moms. I have nothing against either issue. I have an asian girlfriend and i know many gay parents who are better than regular parents. What i have an issue with is stereotypes of political parties and ignorance of the way the system works. If people don't like the system there is a process to change that. If the process doesn't work, you can either leave the country, deal with the problems of the nation, or rise against the government (that is in the constituion remember? That's the reason for the 2nd amendment so that if a tyrant comes to power you can defend yourself the man with the gun can do a lot more that a man with a pen when push comes to shove)