Wednesday, October 05, 2005


Administration Propagandizing Breaks the Law

"In a scathing report issued on September 30, the Government Accountability Office's (GAO) investigators said the Bush Administration had broken the law by using taxpayer dollars to disseminate 'covert propaganda' in the United States.

"The case in question involves the buying of favorable news coverage of the White House's education policies in the form of payments to conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and the hiring of a PR firm to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party. (The GAO's ruling should lead the mainstream media to broaden its investigation: What other reporters and media outlets are on the government's payroll?)

"But this is the tip of the proverbial iceberg. It's now clear that the Bush Administration represents a broad threat to a free and fair media. The bribing of journalists to report 'friendly' news has to be put in the context of a decades-long effort by the right and its corporate allies to undermine journalists' ability to report fairly on power and its abuse--whether through consolidation, cutbacks in news budgets or by attaching the label 'liberal bias' to even the most routine forms of news-gathering and reportage."

(Katarina van den Heuvel)

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