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Scott McClellan gave the administration's position that it wouldn't follow the GAO opinion that its video news releases that appear as real news stories should be labeled as such when run on TV. It struck me as amusing satire that they might be avoiding having to disclose that the Fox News Channel is one of their covert propaganda outlets. The following is excerpted from the Washington Post (Click on the Post link to see the full story):

Administration Rejects Ruling On PR Videos
GAO Called Tapes Illegal Propaganda

By Christopher Lee
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 15, 2005; Page A21

The Bush administration, rejecting an opinion from the Government Accountability Office, said last week that it is legal for federal agencies to feed TV stations prepackaged news stories that do not disclose the government's role in producing them.

That message, in memos sent Friday to federal agency heads and general counsels, contradicts a Feb. 17 memo from Comptroller General David M. Walker. Walker wrote that such stories -- designed to resemble independently reported broadcast news stories so that TV stations can run them without editing -- violate provisions in annual appropriations laws that ban covert propaganda.

03.16.05

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