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Entries from March 2005

Fake News and Yo-Yos

March 17th, 2005 · No Comments

During the first four years of George W. Bush’s administration, $254 million in taxpayer’s dollars was spent on public relations contracts. They didn’t invent government propaganda, but have taken it to a new level, spending almost double the previous four years under Clinton. A good part of this was for VNRs, sometimes with public relations officials posing as reporters, emanating from at least 20 different agencies, promoting the Bush agenda on issues such as drug enforcement, the Medicare prescription drug law, post-invasion Iraq, military prison guard training, and agriculture programs.

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Tags: Journalism Ethics · Public Relations