Irrelevant! Today's date is 2/1/2013.Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged TV News
March 13, 2005 / http://tinyurl.com/ko7ap
It is the kind of TV news coverage every president covets.
"Thank you, Bush. Thank you, U.S.A.," a jubilant Iraqi-American told a camera crew in Kansas City for a segment about reaction to the fall of Baghdad. A second report told of "another success" in the Bush administration's "drive to strengthen aviation security"; the reporter called it "one of the most remarkable campaigns in aviation history." A third segment, broadcast in January, described the administration's determination to open markets for American farmers.
To a viewer, each report looked like any other 90-second segment on the local news. In fact, the federal government produced all three. The report from Kansas City was made by the State Department. The "reporter" covering airport safety was actually a public relations professional working under a false name for the Transportation Security Administration. The farming segment was done by the Agriculture Department's office of communications.
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.
"Fox News Sunday" is heading to Louisville, Ky. Jack Conway, Kentucky's attorney general and the Democratic candidate for Senate , and Rand Paul, the Republican nominee and son of Representative Ron Paul, Republican of Texas, have agreed to a live debate on "Fox News Sunday" on Oct.3 at 9 a.m. (Eastern time).
Join the discussion below, or Read more at thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com.
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#78489 Feb 1, 2013
How was your Check Day you deadbeat pos.
Just like I predicted you sorry asses would show up about 4 after cashing your Checks and getting your Pills.
#78491 Feb 1, 2013
So,you have no knowledge of the AR-15 do you?Oh,well did not expect you to.Didn`t get any check today-have direct deposit,thank you. Don`t use the language you do,or,get reported.I am tired of this.
#78492 Feb 1, 2013
You are the biggest Liar on here. Run along deadbeat, time to eat your Cheese.
#78493 Feb 1, 2013
Good Check Day for you deadbeat pos.
#78494 Feb 1, 2013
we had no idea you could sing like that, BAAAAAAAA
#78495 Feb 1, 2013
LMAO!!! Predicted! Hell, we all know you are a stalker of children and old people!!
You go!!! PUSS!
#78496 Feb 1, 2013
Did you get your little draw check you silly pos???
#78497 Feb 1, 2013
Ohhh is the little deadbeat mad because he was out getting the Government handout cashed???
You go cheeser!!
#78498 Feb 1, 2013
Who said ur retarded? PLEASE don't let it prevent u from having a great day. Ok?
#78499 Feb 1, 2013
hey liotard traitors, argue this, LOL, Rush was right! you loose! BAAAAAAA
The Earth has been getting warmer -- but how much of that heat is due to greenhouse gas emissions and how much is due to natural causes?
A leaked report by a United Nations group dedicated to climate studies says that heat from the sun may play a larger role than previously thought.
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/science/2013/02/01/rep...
#78500 Feb 1, 2013
#78501 Feb 1, 2013
you forgot to mention the chickens,
#78502 Feb 1, 2013
Title: Impeaching Richard B. Cheney, Vice President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors.
Behind TV Analysts, Pentagons Hidden Hand
April 20, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/3u6rty
In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded the gulag of our times by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting for its closure.
Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.
Pentagons Pundits: A Look at the Defense Departments Propaganda Program / April 22, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/64ln28
The New York Times has revealed new details on how the Pentagon recruited more than 75 retired military officers to appear on TV outlets as so-called military analysts ahead of the Iraq war to portray Iraq as an urgent threat. The Times reported the Pentagon continues to use the analysts in a propaganda campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administrations wartime performance. We speak with Col. Sam Gardiner (Ret.) and Peter Hart, of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting.
#78503 Feb 1, 2013
US News Media's Latest Disgrace
April 21, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/6oem8m
After prying loose 8,000 pages of Pentagon documents, the New York Times has proven what should have been obvious years ago: the Bush administration manipulated public opinion on the Iraq War, in part, by funneling propaganda through former senior military officers who served as expert analysts on TV news shows.
In 2002-03, these military analysts were ubiquitous on TV justifying the Iraq invasion, and most have remained supportive of the war in the five years since. The Times investigation showed that the analysts were being briefed by the Pentagon on what to say and had undisclosed conflicts of interest via military contracts.
Retired Green Beret Robert S. Bevelacqua, a former Fox News analyst, said the Pentagon treated the retired military officers as puppets:It was them saying,we need to stick our hands up your back and move your mouth for you.[NYT, April 20, 2008]
None of that, of course, should come as any surprise. Where do people think generals and admirals go to work after they retire from the government?
If they play ball with the Pentagon, they get fat salaries serving on corporate boards of military contractors, or they get rich running consultancies that trade on quick access to high-ranking administration officials. If theyre not team players, theyre shut out.
Bush Has Highest Disapproval Rating in History of Gallup Poll
Meanwhile, President Bush has set a new record. He now has the highest disapproval rating of any president in the seventy-year history of the Gallup Poll. In the most recent USA TODAY/Gallup Poll, 69 percent of Americans disapproved of Bushs job performance. The previous record was held by Harry Truman, who had a 67 percent disapproval rate in 1952. Bush also holds the record for having the highest approval rating of any president in Gallups history. In September 2001, in the days after the 9/11 attacks, Bushs approval spiked to 90 percent.
#78504 Feb 1, 2013
Hell no!! Unlike you, I am satisfied with my handouts, I earned all three!
#78505 Feb 1, 2013
Economics Journalist Robert Kuttner on the Most Serious Financial Crisis Since the Great Depression:This is the Result of Rightwing Ideology and the Political Power of Wall Street / January 23, 2008 / http://tinyurl.com/3burrh
Amid growing fears of a worldwide recession, the Federal Reserve slashed a key interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point on Tuesday, the biggest single cut in nearly a quarter of a century. Meanwhile, President Bush and congressional leaders pledged to work together on a stimulus measure that would inject about $150 billion in additional money into the economy. But many economists are skeptical over whether any measures can turn around a severe slump in the housing market and the subprime mortgage crisis, signs of growing unemployment and weakening consumer spending and the added blow of record high oil prices. We speak to veteran economics journalist Robert Kuttner and Robert Weissman, co-director of the corporate accountability group Essential Action and editor of Multinational Monitor magazine
#78506 Feb 1, 2013
O'Neill lashes 'blind man' Bush
A former US treasury secretary has given an unflattering account of his time under President George W Bush./ 10 January, 2004 / http://tinyurl.com/3euqro
Paul O'Neill describes Mr Bush as being disengaged and says that at cabinet meetings the president was like a blind man in a room full of deaf people.
INTERVIEW: GENERAL JOSEPH P. HOAR
http://tinyurl.com/yqyep May 21, 2004
`The Neo-Cons Have Had Their Day;
Now It's Time for a Clean Sweep'
Gen. Joseph P. Hoar (USMC-ret.), a four-star general, was Commander in Chief, U.S. Central Command (1991-94), commanding the U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf after the 1991 war. He also served in the Vietnam War, as a battalion and brigade advisor with the Vietnamese Marines. He was interviewed by Jeffrey Steinberg on May 6, 2004.
Bush's Secret Spying on Americans
August 2, 2007 http://tinyurl.com/2d8ua7
The dispute over whether Attorney General Alberto Gonzales committed perjury when he parsed words about George W. Bushs warrantless surveillance program misses a larger point: the extraordinary secrecy surrounding these spying operations is not aimed at al-Qaeda, but at the American people.
But al-Qaeda terrorists always have assumed that their electronic communications were vulnerable to interception, which is why 9/11 attackers like Mohamed Atta traveled overseas for face-to-face meetings with their handlers. They limited their phone calls to mostly routine conversations./ http://www.consortiumnews.com/2007/080207.htm...
#78507 Feb 1, 2013
Spy Agency Data After Sept. 11 Led F.B.I. to Dead Ends
January 17, 2006 http://tinyurl.com/2cnkcy
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 - In the anxious months after the Sept. 11 attacks, the National Security Agency began sending a steady stream of telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and names to the F.B.I. in search of terrorists. The stream soon became a flood, requiring hundreds of agents to check out thousands of tips a month.
But virtually all of them, current and former officials say, led to dead ends or innocent Americans.
#78508 Feb 1, 2013
Has GETMO closed yet? That was one of Obastard's campain promises.
With those 75 and the majority of congress, looks like they did a very good job! LMAO!!!
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