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Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Politics: The White House Propaganda Machine

So, Jon Stewart and Steven Colbert did an excellent job last night lampooning mainstream news while at the same time plugging two sites, Eschaton and DailyKos, on my blogroll. Now Frank Rich, of the NY Times, jumps on the bandwagon.

Rich hits the main points describing this administration's propaganda efforts aided by the declining mainstream media in his article, The White House Stages Its 'Daily Show'. (free registration required)

On fake reporters and fake news organizations:

But as Mr. Olbermann explained, "Jeff Gannon," the star of the montage, was a newsman no more real than a "Senior White House Correspondent" like Stephen Colbert on "The Daily Show" and he worked for a news organization no more real than The Onion.

On White House complicity:

Though Mr. McClellan told Editor & Publisher magazine that he didn't know until recently that Mr. Guckert was using an alias, Bruce Bartlett, a White House veteran of the Reagan-Bush I era, wrote on the nonpartisan journalism Web site Romenesko, that "if Gannon was using an alias, the White House staff had to be involved in maintaining his cover." (Otherwise, it would be a rather amazing post-9/11 security breach.)
Continuing his thread on White House Propaganda:

By my count, "Jeff Gannon" is now at least the sixth "journalist" (four of whom have been unmasked so far this year) to have been a propagandist on the payroll of either the Bush administration or a barely arms-length ally like Talon News while simultaneously appearing in print or broadcast forums that purport to be real news.

Rich adds that the “Ask President Bush” Town Hall Meetings during the campaign, the Pentagon Office of Strategic Influence (propaganda abroad), and the Pentagon Channel (domestic propaganda) all fit into this administration’s propensity for propaganda. He ponders if a Social Security Channel might be next.

Rich then uses Guckert’s appearance with Wolf Blitzer to demonstrate how complicit mainstream television journalists have become. He contrasts this with the recent extended coverage of the Eason Jordan resignation.

Is the banishment of a real newsman for behaving foolishly at a bloviation conference in Switzerland a more pressing story than that of a fake newsman gaining years of access to the White House (and network TV cameras) under mysterious circumstances? With real news this timid, the appointment of Jon Stewart to take over Dan Rather's chair at CBS News could be just the jolt television journalism needs.

Hey, score one for "fake news" and bloggers.

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