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NEWS: News Fraud Stopped

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posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 07:16 AM
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Looks like the Senate jumped on this one right away. The FCC is going to put the word out to properly label these 'VNRs' (Video News Releases) for what they are, taxpayer funded political statements.
 



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From U.S. Senate, April 14, 2005

Editor’s note: On April 14, the Senate voted 98-0 to approve an amendment to a supplemental spending bill introduced by Sen. Robert C. Byrd (D-W.V.) that would prevent any federal agency from using taxpayer dollars to produce or distribute prepackaged news stories which do not clearly identify that the so-called news was created by a federal agency or funded with taxpayer dollars.

The amendment states:

“Unless otherwise authorized by existing law, none of the funds provided in this act or any other act may be used by a federal agency to produce any prepackaged news story unless the story includes a clear notification within the text or audio of the prepackaged news story that the prepackaged news story was prepared or funded by that federal agency.”




Please visit the link provided for the complete story.


The government can be responsive to the will of the people. Rationally stated and carefully targeted dissent is an important part of the process. Our politicians will not take action unless we force accountability on them. Now what I'd like to see is the nature of taxpayer funded 'VNRs' restricted to matters of vital national importance so we don't use a ton of money on funding political statements.

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posted on Apr, 15 2005 @ 09:51 AM
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So, what does VNR stand for? The source article is a little biased... Good to see this blatant propaganda shot down by the senate, but I won't exactly give them a "pat on the back" just because they took the obviously correct stance on this issue.

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posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 02:18 PM
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The source article is a little biased...


True. Here's some more sources.

Fox News
Kron TV
Associated Press
ABC News
USA Today
Associated Press

Don't know why this article (not mine, btw) hasn't been upgraded yet. An important issue. Note to the author: Next time maybe provide more sources and expand your intro a little and you will receive less no votes. Otherwise, great story. I voted yes.


[edit: HA! Exhumed, resuscitated, and upgraded! Icarus, old chap, you owe me a beer.
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[edit on 2005/4/16 by wecomeinpeace]



posted on Apr, 16 2005 @ 07:57 PM
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They voted correctly on this one. 'How did that happen'?

Its called truth in advertising.
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