March 16, 2005
Controversy Surrounds Government Sponsored News
White House Defends Video News Releases
Under Bush, a New Age of Prepackaged TV News
GAO Report: Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)--Video News Release, B-303495, January 4, 2005: "By its own records, ONDCP's prepackaged news stories reached more than 22 million households, without disclosing to any of those viewers -- the real audience -- that the products they were watching, which "reported" on the activities of a government agency, were actually prepared by that government agency, not by a seemingly independent third party...Since ONDCP did not provide the required disclosures, ONDCP's prepackaged news stories constituted covert propaganda in violation of publicity or propaganda prohibitions of the fiscal year 2002, 2003, and 2004 appropriations acts....