American political establishment is now successfully co-opting our domestic television news outlets. Career politicians on both sides of the aisle are benefiting from this covert corruption of our most influential visual media.
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In my first book, Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy, I wrote about how the trend toward big government that will eventually break what we now call the free press. It was part of the 'background' in my story. Like so many other things in that book, Fiction is fast becoming Fact. It's not an accident that one of the characters in my story is a journalist.
Here's the low-down for those who don't know. Many government agencies routinely spend taxpayer money to produce short information pieces on video that look and sound like news stories filed by local reporters. Some are just 30-90 seconds long. In all cases, the 'reporters' are actually GS-grade government workers. These short info-clips are then given out (free) to small news organizations that put them on the air, as if they were real news.
When a government presents its own point of view in print or on film, using its own resources, it's not making news. It's making Propoganda. The distinction is very hard to make, but here it is. Propoganda represents a soft subtle back door in to the minds of the people. Throughout history, governments have been tempted to use this tool for their own ends. There's a big difference between the FDA film about botulism you saw in High School, and an FDA-sponsored sound bite that tells you how safe and good fruits and vegetables from other countries are.
Taken by itself, it's just another symptom of the trend I wrote about. We're still left with the question of what to do about the actual problem. It costs money for other people to bring you the news. Reporters have to go and talk to people. Other research is usually needed. Checking out just one story can take six months in some cases. All of this comes at a cost. Cash-strapped t.v. stations still have to put 'something' on the air. Any station that turns down this Propoganda could run the risk of being driven out of their market.
If you see something on your local news that looks like it could be government Propoganda, pick up the phone. Call them on it, literally. Then, take one more step. Write letters to your local newspapers. Just bear in mind that this is one symptom of a larger problem.
The issue of government Propoganda has to be brought to national attention before it can be effectively dealt with. It's one thing for our government to inform us. It's another thing for our government to mis-inform us. Remember that the next time your local news tries to feed you the government's point of view.
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