Fakin' It

Friday, March 18, 2005

If no news is good news, then what's fake news? If you're producing it, it's good news too. And so for the past four years, the Bush Administration has been churning it out, in the form of "video news releases" designed to shoehorn the government's message seamlessly into TV newscasts. Last year, the Government Accountability Office deemed the practice "covert propaganda." But the Justice Department recently told federal agencies to ignore that ruling. Bob hashes out the difference between public information and propaganda with G.A.O. managing associate general counsel Susan Poling.

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