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Monday, March 14, 2005

Use of Video News by Government OK

Acceptable propaganda? The Justice Department has ruled it is legal for the White House to run ads in the form of news as long as they are factual. The question is are they? And should they be presented as news without revealing the government's involvement? You be the judge.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House on Monday defended the administration's use of video news releases that are sent to television stations across the country and frequently used without any acknowledgment of the government's role in their production.

In an opinion last week, the Justice Department concluded that the practice was appropriate as long as the videos presented factual information about government programs. The memo was sent to heads of federal departments and agencies.
White House Defends Video News Releases

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