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 Post Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2006 10:34 am 
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The following information is from sourcewatch.org;

April 2006 Report on Fake News
Fake TV News: Widespread and Undisclosed (http://www.prwatch.org/fakenews/execsummary) is the title of a report released April 6, 2006, by the Center for Media and Democracy. This multi-media report is the result of an intensive ten-month investigation by CMD's senior researcher Diane Farsetta and research consultant Daniel Price. It documents for the first time how commercial propaganda -- fake TV news created by PR experts -- is being extensively broadcast as TV "news".

The Center for Media and Democracy and the media reform group Free Press simultaneously filed a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission requesting a crack-down on TV news fraud and calling for mandatory on-screen labeling of all phony news stories so that TV viewers know what is real reporting, and what is fake TV news.

While controversy over VNR's diminished in the 1990's when it resurfaced in 2004 following Government Accountability Office investigation into government funded VNR's the fake news description was well established.

In late June 2005 the U.S. House of Representatives approved an amendment barring the White House and federal agencies for one year from contracting with PR firms and journalists to secretly promote policies through the use of fake news. "The passage of this amendment is a critical victory for the American people who, as a result of these secret government contracts with writers, broadcasters, and public relations specialists, have been unable to determine whether they are receiving real, objective news or government-sponsored propaganda," said Congressman Maurice Hinchey (D-NY), who chairs the Future of American Media Caucus and sponsored the amendment.

"A properly functioning democracy depends on a news media that is free of any conflicts-of-interest, especially with the government that it is supposed to be holding accountable."

My question is why did they only pass an amendment that only lasted a year? This in my opinion should be a standing amendment. What a joke. How about passing an amendment barring a fake Government!? :x

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