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Entries from April 2005

Citizens Fight for Real News

April 20th, 2005 · No Comments

The truly fake news comes in the form of VNRs – video news releases – that are created by special interest groups like corporations and politicized government agencies and then played on TV news. For example, as the New York Times reported in March, more than 20 federal agencies have used taxpayer money to produce hundreds of VNRs promoting Bush administration policies. Such VNRs are most dangerous when they come to our television screens without local television editorial oversight or attribution.

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Tags: Journalism Ethics · Public Relations