Who Hijacked Our Country

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Stop the Fake News

A series of “facts” reported on the evening news turns out to be nothing more than a pre-packaged, ready-to-serve report that was prepared by a government agency and sent to TV stations all over the country. Russia before the collapse of the Soviet Union? Nope. Right here in the U.S.A.

Government infomercials disguised as “news” are becoming a more and more common occurrence. The Bush administration has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars creating these fake news reports.

This fake “news” epidemic has already been reported at The Cranky Liberal Pages. Now you can do something about it here. Please take a minute to send this boilerplate e-mail to the FCC demanding that they stop these infomercials disguised as news (or at least require the media to label them as an infomercials).

I saw the link on Blogging Out Loud, but you’ll probably (hopefully) be seeing it at a lot more sites. It is illegal to present a political infomercial without identifying it as such.

If enough of these e-mails are sent, perhaps the FCC will take some time out from their witch-hunt for “indecent” TV programs and pay more attention to the real indecency: government propaganda disguised as news.

Well, we can dream, can’t we?


Blogger Cranky Liberal said...

You know, even lettering on the bottom would solve the problem - but of course that assumes they want it solved. Maybe we can say we are offended because it is indecent. Did T. Owens ever do one of those spots?

March 15, 2005 at 11:55 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

I doubt if the FCC is willing or able to crack down on another federal agency that's probably acting on unofficial orders from Bush. But at least if they get lots of these e-mails they'll see that lots of people are onto them.

March 15, 2005 at 2:42 PM  

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