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The San Diego Democracy for America Meetup Group Message Board › STOP fake tv news; please take action

STOP fake tv news; please take action

A former member
Post #: 76
Dear Bruce :

On Sunday, the New York Times reported that at least 20 federal agencies have made and distributed pre-packaged, ready-to-serve television news segments to promote President Bush's policies and initiatives.

Congress' Government Accountability Office determined that these "video news releases" were illegal "covert propaganda" and told federal agencies to stop. But last Friday, the White House ordered all agencies to disregard Congress' directive.

The Bush administration is using hundreds of millions of your tax dollars to manipulate public opinion. Here's how to stop them:

Sign our petition and help us get 250,000 people to join our call to Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and local television stations. Tell Congress and the FCC to toughen and enforce laws against "covert propaganda" and demand that broadcasters come clean with viewers about using government-produced news.

Join others in your community to create "citizen agreements" with your local TV stations to stop fake news broadcasts. These agreements are official documents filed at the FCC that -- if broken -- can be used to deny license renewals. Free Press will connect you with others in your area working to ensure local broadcasters identify the sources behind the "news."
Unless we speak out now, the White House will continue to act with impunity -- taking advantage of understaffed and incautious local news operations to manipulate public opinion.

Please take a few moments to sign the Free Press petition and forward this message to everyone you know.


Timothy Karr
Campaign Director
Free Press

John Stauber
Executive Director
Center for Media and Democracy

P.S. To learn more, read the in-depth report from Free Press on the systematic effort by the Bush administration to manipulate journalists and the American public.
A former member
Post #: 1
Thanks for letting us know. I went up to google and found the Free Press and signed the petition. Not only is Bush doing this, but here in California, our governor is also using our tax money for this type of fake news propaganda. This shows what Bush is willing to do to with not regard for law. Having a majority in all four parts of government seems no one within the Republican Party is willing to stand up for honest government.
A former member
Post #: 77
Hi;appreciate you-and anyone else talking the time to sign the petition. You're right about the Republicans BUT which Democratic party 'leader' is speaking out about this? Where's Obama on this? I ask about Obama as so many seem to think he's the 'future' for the Democratic Party.
A former member
Post #: 2
Your right, we don't have enough Democratic leaders helping us with this, that's why it's important to write/e-mail/fax, our own congress persons and senators. Barbara Box has been very good in getting back to me on all issues I've alerted her to. I wish I'd heard more of them on this and other issues too, hopefully Gov. Dean will start motivating them. We lost another one in the senate today on oil drilling. I feel our Media committe really is one of our local San Diego DFA groups most important in at least getting our local media educated to our concerns and point of view.
A former member
Post #: 78
Hi Sue; well, I don't know about the DFA media committee but as the organizer for http://fightbigmedia....­ I welcome any support or contributions. I might also reference the site as a good source of news/actions regarding how the media are complicit in the 'dumbing down' and deliberate deception of the U.S. citizenry.
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