Deceptive 'News'

by TChris

Since the Bush administration has become notorious for disguising propagada videos as “news stories,” it’s a bit disingenuous for the president to remark that it’s “deceptive to the American people” to show the videos without disclosing their government origins. He’s right about the deception, but wrong about the solution. He thinks it’s up to the news broadcasts that run the stories to identify their origins. They should, but it’s also incumbent upon the administration not to disguise propaganda as news in the first place.

Senator Byrd got 98 votes for his proposal to "force federal agencies over the next year to disclose the origins of video releases."

The measure, sponsored by Senator Robert C, Byrd, Democrat of West Virginia, requires "clear notification within the text or audio of the prepackaged news," reinforcing an earlier ruling by the Government Accountability Office that White House officials have refused to embrace.

Meanwhile, Rep. George Miller "accused the Bush administration on Thursday of failing to cooperate fully with the inspector general at the Education Department in an investigation of the government's hiring of Armstrong Williams, a prominent conservative commentator, to promote the president's signature education legislation."

He said that the inspector general had been "denied access" to some current and former White House employees and that Education Secretary Margaret Spellings was considering invoking special privileges that would force the investigator to shield parts of his findings from the public.

If the president really wants to avoid deception, he should tell the Education Department to stop stonewalling.

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  • Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#1)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 04:17:23 PM EST
    What if the New York Times article is fake news as well, and they're not really doing anything? :)

    Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#2)
    by scarshapedstar on Fri Apr 15, 2005 at 05:51:45 PM EST
    At least he admitted that he's trying to decieve us. Nice.

    Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#4)
    by Talkleft Visitor on Sat Apr 16, 2005 at 06:57:00 AM EST
    The Bush administration goes nuts every time they're compared to Hitler. Well, maybe they should stop acting like they were trained by Adolf's propaganda corps. Say anything long and loud enough and the American people will believe it. We have talk show and print media paid to recite their mantras. When will the American people wise up?

    Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#5)
    by jondee on Sat Apr 16, 2005 at 02:45:05 PM EST
    Hitler convinced alot of Germans that they risked subjugation, defeat, and humiliation by not supporting him. Bush,following Raygun, has convinced alot of the country that they risk burning-in-hell.

    Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#6)
    by Bob on Sat Apr 16, 2005 at 04:40:03 PM EST
    even with the votes, do you really think bush will sign a bill along this line into law. I don't think so, its in Bush and the entire GOP's self interest not to do this.

    Re: Deceptive 'News' (none / 0) (#7)
    by pigwiggle on Sat Apr 16, 2005 at 09:17:40 PM EST
    Perhaps OT but c-span is airing an interview recorded 4/7 with roger ailes, chairman and ceo of fox. interesting