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Friday, July 01, 2005

Anti Propaganda Bill

First off, it is deplorable that Congress actually has to pass a law to prevent the executive branch from resorting to propaganda. Shouldn't the White House already know that paying journalists and fabricating news reports is unacceptable?

But at any rate, here's the scoop, some good, some not so good...

The good news: Lawmakers agreed by voice vote to toughen the law on government publicity and propaganda after the Bush administration came under fire for paying media commentators like Armstrong Williams, who spoke out repeatedly in favor of the president's education policies.

The not so good news: Because the measure is attached to a spending bill, the provision would last only one year, starting Oct. 1, if it becomes law.

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