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One way to get decent coverage in this rough-and-tumble city is to arrange to have your own employees interrogate you at your news conference.
That would seem to be the strategy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, much maligned for its sluggish response to Hurricane Katrina over two years ago.
FEMA scheduled an early afternoon news briefing on only 15 minutes notice to reporters here Tuesday to talk about its handling of assistance to victims of wildfires that were ravaging..
White House: Fake FEMA news conference won't happen again
David Edwards and Jason Rhyne
White House Press Secretary Dana Perino assured reporters today that the staged news conference organized on Tuesday by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) would not happen again, and said the White House would never employ such tactics at its own press briefings.
Perino said FEMA alone was responsible for the decision to go ahead with the event.
Originally posted by marg6043
It makes you wonder as how far this government has gone and how long this has been going on.
"The news and truth are not the same thing." Walter Lippmann, American journalist, 1889-1974
"We tell the people what they need to know, not what they want to know." Frank Sesno, CNN News
There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the street looking for another job.
...If I allowed my honest opinion to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. You know it and I know it. And what folly is this - toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance.
...Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes." John Swinton - New York Times - New York Press Club
Originally posted by Sauron
In 2001 I would have been surprised by this, but over the last few years nothing the White House does anymore surprises me at all.
Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed
[edit on 26/10/2007 by Sauron]
The Senate passed a measure Thursday that would stop government agencies from using taxpayer funds to disguise video press releases as real news, putting the brakes on a product Democrats call propaganda.
President Bush cautioned that some responsibility for full disclosure rests with news outlets.
"It's deceptive to the American people if it's not disclosed," Bush told the American Society of Newspaper Editors on Thursday. "But it's incumbent upon people who use them to say, 'This news clip was produced by the federal government.'"
Senators voted 98-0 to attach the measure, sponsored by Sen. Robert Byrd (search), D-W.Va., to the $80.6 billion emergency spending bill to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Under it, taxpayer funds would be prohibited from being used for prepackaged news stories unless those stories contain "clear notification within the text or audio of the prepackaged news" that discloses it was prepared or funded by a federal agency.
The unceremonious ouster of three people from a recent White House Social Security event in Colorado has critics wondering how far President Bush will go to ensure friendly, sympathetic audiences at his town hall-style forums and rallies.