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A Closer Look (Managing the News) #783534

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 16, 2005
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) A closer look at news & propaganda introduced; statistics on the House Committee on Government Reform's estimates of the spending by President Bush's administration on public relations contracts cited.

(Washington: Jake Tapper) The creation of videotapes that look like genuine news reports examined; TV clips of government-produced videos shown; details given of the GAO findings that some stories are illegal covert propaganda. [Comptroller General David WALKER†- comments on the materials.] [President BUSH - says the Justice Department found these pieces are within the law.] [Public Relations Society of America president Judith PHAIR†- raised ethical issues about not identifying the source {in these reports}.] [January 26, commenting on the Armstrong Williams matter, BUSH - says there needs to be an independent relationship between the White House & the press.] Memo from OMB director Josh†† Bolton† about news media consultation quoted.

Jennings, Peter;
Tapper, Jake

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