Under the Bush administration, the federal government has aggressively used a well-established tool of public relations: the prepackaged, ready-to-serve news report that major corporations have long distributed to TV stations to pitch everything from headache remedies to auto insurance. In all, at least 20 federal agencies, including the Defense Department and the Census Bureau, have made and distributed hundreds of television news segments in the past four years, records and interviews show. Many were subsequently broadcast on local stations across the country without any acknowledgement of the government's role in their production.
Can we have some outrage heew? It is bad enough that we are being lied to by our elected officials but do we have to pay for it as well? What happened to the fourth estate that now we have to question everything we hear or see? We cannot take a thing we see or hear on the MSM at face value and must question everything. We have granted the media the use of our radio and TV spectrum to perform a public service and instead we are fed a steady diet of propoganda at our expense. This is a crime...and there is no other way to define it.