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I'm happy to see that we're finally seeing some action on this issue. Video News Releases (VNRs) are slickly produced videos that appear to be actual news. They are produced by corporations, political organizations, and yes the US Government. They are sent to news stations, and inserted into broadcasts, often without any sort of disclaimer that denotes their parentage.
The Bush Administration has been using VNRs (along with other propaganda methods) extensively. It's about time something was done about it. Now, if they'd only do something about FOX "News."
FCC fines Comcast for VNRs
Cable giant Comcast violated the law by broadcasting video news releases without identifying them as sponsored programming, the Federal Communications Commission announced today. The ruling came in response to a complaint from Free Press and the Center for Media and Democracy, a media watchdog group focusing on VNRs. . .
Read more at: RawStory.com