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Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies' products.
The report, by the non-profit group Centre for Media and Democracy, found that over a 10-month period at least 77 television stations were making use of the faux news broadcasts, known as Video News Releases (VNRs). Not one told viewers who had produced the items
"We know we only had partial access to these VNRs and yet we found 77 stations using them," said Diana Farsetta, one of the group's researchers. "I would say it's pretty extraordinary. The picture we found was much worse than we expected going into the investigation in terms of just how widely these get played and how frequently these pre-packaged segments are put on the air."
Ms Farsetta said the public relations companies commissioned to produce these segments by corporations had become increasingly sophisticated in their techniques in order to get the VNRs broadcast. "They have got very good at mimicking what a real, independently produced television report would look like," she said.
Read the Full Report "Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed" in .pdf
Originally posted by niteboy82
I don't think that any of this could come to a surprise to me anymore.
Originally posted by HardToGet
You see, this is what conditioning does to a person.
Yeah, read this and said "So? What else is knew?".
On the contrary, I would think that protests would hit the streets, and a major scandal would have been made out of it.
EDIT: There are similarities to Nazi Germany with regards to propaganda B.T.W. Clear as day.
Originally posted by triptrippington
There is one helluvalot we can do! Wait... no there ain't.
Most of those things will land you in prison (or worse) now-a-days.
I am horrified to say this, but, armed rebellion seems to be the next
Don't get me wrong - I am IN NO WAY advocating armed rebellion, but,
history has a funny way of repeating herself to those who don't buy her a
drink on the first pass.
I honestly don't know what to do - my first inclination is to shoot first, but
time and time again, this proves to be a fruitless exercise...so, what do we do?
Voting is pretty much a fraud. No matter what the majority of the populace
wants, it will be negated by puppets of big business...
So what do we do?
Really!!! I'm asking here...
Is it armed rebellion or just another pack of lies from some other douch-bag
puppet that buys the CEO position? and continues to roger us blind.