Propaganda Effort in Iraq a Mistake, Rumsfeld Says

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LA TIMES– Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld on Friday criticized a U.S. military program that pays Iraqi newspapers to plant stories favorable to the American mission, and mistakenly said the Pentagon had shut down the program shortly after its existence was revealed. In his most specific comments thus far about the information operations program, — carried out by U.S. troops … Read More

Bush Planted Fake News Stories on American TV

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INDEPENDENT– Federal authorities are actively investigating dozens of American television stations for broadcasting items produced by the Bush administration and major corporations, and passing them off as normal news. Some of the fake news segments talked up success in the war in Iraq, or promoted the companies’ products. Investigators from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are seeking information about stations … Read More

The FCC on its Knees

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ALTERNET– “It’s time to move away from thinking of broadcasters as trustees and time to treat them the way that everyone else in this society does, that is, as a business. Television is just another appliance. It’s a toaster with pictures.” Those were the memorable droppings of a man named Mark Fowler. Ronald Reagan picked him to run the Federal … Read More

Bill Clinton and Media Policy

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MEDIA MOUSE– With greater awareness about the role that corporate media plays in the public’s understanding of issues like war, the economy and other public policy matters, it is important to investigate the role that former President Bill Clinton played in shaping the media landscape. Clinton, who will be speaking in West Michigan at the Economics Club of Grand Rapids … Read More

Obama Rejects Truth Panel, Says ‘Look Forward’

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WASHINGTON POST– President Obama rebuffed calls for a commission to investigate alleged abuses under the Bush administration in fighting terrorism, telling congressional leaders at a White House meeting yesterday that he wants to look forward instead of litigating the past. In a lengthy exchange with House  Minority Leader John A. Boehner (R-Ohio), Obama appeared to back away from a statement … Read More

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