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PROPAGANDA MINISTRY

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By Steve Peacock



The U.S. State Department is planning to “buy” media
broadcasts, as the Obama administration assembles a de facto propaganda
machine, according to documents that reveal the president’s plans moving closer
to the 2012 election.



According
to information WND located via routine database research, State’s Bureau of
Public Affairs is soliciting the help of “global news coverage service
providers” to create and disseminate department “news.”



The
selected contractor will provide “full-time, 24/7 service,”
the Statement of Work for the plan said.



“The
department seeks a service provider for full, turn-key news-style global
television coverage of ad hoc open press events featuring the Secretary of
State and other officials across the
United States and throughout the
world,” according to the SOW, “and to send this content back to the
department’s
Washington headquarters…”



Upon
receiving these privately packaged productions, the department, in turn, “will
distribute this video content to media organizations through an array of
traditional and new media platforms.”



Indeed,
just as the department is awaiting contractor bids on the project, Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton’s representative at the World Press Freedom Day in
Tunisia heaped accolades upon
UNESCO for hosting the annual event.



Read about how
the U.S. mission at the United Nations works with reporters,
and
find out what the White House does with some
of those raising questions.



In a
“tweet” from
Tunisia, Assistant Secretary
of State for International Organization Affairs Esther Brimmer said, “I applaud
the tireless, continuing work of #UNESCO in promoting the ideals of free and
open media.”



Brimmer
delivered remarks on behalf of the Obama administration during the opening
ceremony, along with presenting
a video speech from Clinton.



Referring
to the Arab Spring demonstrations across the Middle East and North Africa,
Clinton said, according to a prepared statement, “Voice by voice, text by text,
Tunisians, Egyptians, Libyans and many others have dared to say what they
believe and stand up for their own rights.



“Many
others have dared to report on what they see happening, even when their lives
were at risk.”



The
State Department plan is twofold: to hire a single contractor to provide
television news crew services on the one hand, and to provide
transmission/streaming services as a corollary service.



“The
television news crew category is both one and two-person crews, and includes
one and multi-camera productions,” the SOW pointed out. “The transmission
category includes both traditional fiber, terrestrial and satellite-based as
well as file-based and Internet delivery platforms.”



The
use of such government- as well as industry-funded broadcasts, known as “video
news releases,” or VNRs, has increasingly come under fire in the past decade.



VNRs
“are segments designed to be indistinguishable from independently produced news
reports that are distributed and promoted to television newsrooms,” according
to Source Watch, a Center for Media and Democracy project that chronicles the
intersecting of public relations and public policy.



The
General Accountability Office – the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress – in
2005 declared that several federal entities, such as the Department of
Education and the Department of Health and Human Services, may have violated
the law by disseminating VNRs as fact-based news reports.



Subsequent
to the GAO’s findings, the “Stop Government Propaganda Act” was introduced to
rein in and punish such activities; it died, however, after being introduced in
the Senate Judiciary Committee.



Proponents
of VNR distribution claim that use of the video products is wholly legitimate.
The Public Relations Society of America is that a VNR simply is “the video
equivalent of a press release.”



The
organization
does advocate that industry members abide by certain
parameters to ensure the integrity of VNR usage:



1. &...
Organizations that produce VNRs should clearly identify the VNR
as such and fully disclose who produced and paid for it at the time the VNR is
provided to TV stations.



2. &...
PRSA recommends that organizations that prepare VNRs should not
use the word “reporting” if the narrator is not a reporter.



3. &...
Use of VNRs or footage provided by sources other than the
station or network should be identified as to source by the media outlet when
it is aired.



Despite
congressional refusal to crack down on VNRs, the
Federal Communications Commissionissued a reminder to
licensees of their sponsor-identification requirements under the Communications
Act or 1934. Rather than holding liable the creators of the reports, the
commission has placed the burden of disclosure on who ultimately airs the VNR.



“These
rules are grounded in the principle that listeners and viewers are entitled to
know who seeks to persuade them with the programming offered over broadcast
stations and cable systems,” the FCC said.



When
such VNRs are aired, “licensees and operators generally must clearly disclose
to members of their audiences the nature, source and sponsorship of the
material that they are viewing.”



Although
the FCC continues to enforce these rules, the penalties arguably have been
light.



Last
year, for instance, it issued a forfeiture order to Fox Television Stations,
Inc. when station affiliate KMSP-TV of
Minneapolis used – but failed to
identify – a General Motors-provided VNR during a news broadcast.



The FCC fined Fox $4,000 for failing to disclose GM sponsorship of the
report.



Among
other VNR-related enforcement actions, in 2007 it imposed a $4,000 fine on
Comcast Corp. for also violating the sponsorship disclosure rules. Comcast’s
CN8 news affiliate in that case had aired aVNR produced on behalf of Nelson’s Rescue Sleep.



The FCC soon after separately slapped a $16,000 forfeiture against Comcast for
airing two VNRs from General Mills and Allstate, respectively.



The
State Department through May 21 is reviewing contractor proposals in response
to the new solicitation. It did not disclose the estimated cost of the
endeavor, for which it will award a year contract with four one-year options.



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  • Patriot Unit 2012/05/14 04:57:19
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    Patriot Unit
    +4
    I thought that Joseph Gribbles was long dead. I guess he was reincarnated in Axilrod. What in the hell does the Department of Planning have to do with elections?

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  • Eccles 2012/05/16 04:13:06 (edited)
    None of the above
    Eccles
    Any person should see a politician for what he or she is and that is a manipulating liar, what comes out of their deceitful mouths the whole lot of them is all propaganda.
  • Brian Tristan MacQuillan 2012/05/14 06:56:15
    Undecided
    Brian Tristan MacQuillan
    moultrie flag
    President Obama is the single greatest threat to personal liberty we have ever encountered. There is not much I would put past him, or his people.
  • wtw 2012/05/14 05:21:46
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    wtw
    +2
    So you are saying Obama is a marxist/communist that really does want to be the USCA first dictator?
  • Cry_Bab... wtw 2012/05/14 09:18:15
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    +1
    Liberal and Democrat are all lies and elitists words to hide their true agenda, which is Communist. Oh I know some would say Socialist, but that is simply Communist Lite. It's the same poison, just takes a bit longer to kill people's freedoms and liberties
  • evangel... wtw 2012/05/15 15:39:52
  • CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY 2012/05/14 04:59:25 (edited)
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    CUDDLY BUT STILL CRABBY
    +3
    This is pathetic ........... courtesy of Obama and his progressive communist regime ..........



    attack watch



  • Cry_Bab... CUDDLY ... 2012/05/14 09:18:50
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    +1
    One would think that a "liberal" would be a person who places value upon liberty, but the true nature of today's political "liberal" is not at all liberal, when it comes to the rights of others. Other than sex and drugs, the political liberal demands regulation and restraint of the individual, always, in favor of the collective.
  • Patriot Unit 2012/05/14 04:57:19
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    Patriot Unit
    +4
    I thought that Joseph Gribbles was long dead. I guess he was reincarnated in Axilrod. What in the hell does the Department of Planning have to do with elections?
  • Cry_Bab... Patriot... 2012/05/14 09:19:40
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    liberal propaganda machine. They just want a story, even if they have to make one up without the 1st fact (such as the hoax pmsnbc & cnn promoted as fact) as long as it sells. Their motto: To hell with the truth, just give us a story, we'll fill in the blanks
  • CAPISCE 2012/05/13 13:17:47
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    CAPISCE
  • Cry_Bab... CAPISCE 2012/05/13 13:19:42 (edited)
  • evangel... Cry_Bab... 2012/05/13 23:02:09
  • Cry_Bab... evangel... 2012/05/14 09:21:06
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    Savior Barack Obama um um um who has quelled the seas, halted the storms, and put everyone back to work. He saved us with green energy and created 5 million new jobs just in the green energy industry. He saved of from dependance on foreign oil. Oh wait did he actually do those things?
  • Cry_Baby_Obama 2012/05/13 00:22:00 (edited)
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    +4
    NewsBusters.org | Exposing Liberal Media Bias

    http://newsbusters.org/
  • Max 2012/05/12 20:15:37
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    Max
    +3
    I was reading about something similar to this this morning except it was called the "Ministry of Truthers" and it dealt with Orwell's 1984. Here's Wikipedia's definition:

    "The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong."

    Here's a link to the article I was reading this morning:

    http://rbo2.com/2012/05/12/ob...
  • evangel... Max 2012/05/13 00:26:15
    evangelism_vision
    +2
    WOW! THAT WAS GOOD LET ME SHARE IT PLEASE!



    Obama’s Ministry of Truther's

    Posted on May 12, 2012

    The following — taken from the leftist Guardian (UK) article, Hating Mitt Romney: Democratic voters less motivated by love of Obama, by Paul Harris — excerpted in John Nolte’s Traitor!: Left Launches Hate Campaign Against Romney at Breitbart.com — could just as easily have been ripped from the pages of George Orwell’s 1984:
    The shout from the crowd was clear. As President Barack Obama gave the first official campaign speech of his re-election bid at a sports arena in Ohio last weekend the first mention of his Republican opponent Mitt Romney prompted a male voice in the throng to yell: “Traitor!”
    Earlier in the rally, held in the Ohio state capital of Columbus, several warm-up speakers for Obama had derided and mocked Romney for once using a Swiss bank account. Campaign videos played to the audience had prompted loud boos when Romney appeared or was mentioned. . . .
    The phenomenon could be a mirror of what has long been thought to be going on in the Republican circles where the conservative base can seem more motivated by a dislike of Obama than a fondness for Romney. Now numerous progressive activist groups are realising that a negative image of Romney – rather than simply a positiv...




    WOW! THAT WAS GOOD LET ME SHARE IT PLEASE!



    Obama’s Ministry of Truther's

    Posted on May 12, 2012

    The following — taken from the leftist Guardian (UK) article, Hating Mitt Romney: Democratic voters less motivated by love of Obama, by Paul Harris — excerpted in John Nolte’s Traitor!: Left Launches Hate Campaign Against Romney at Breitbart.com — could just as easily have been ripped from the pages of George Orwell’s 1984:
    The shout from the crowd was clear. As President Barack Obama gave the first official campaign speech of his re-election bid at a sports arena in Ohio last weekend the first mention of his Republican opponent Mitt Romney prompted a male voice in the throng to yell: “Traitor!”
    Earlier in the rally, held in the Ohio state capital of Columbus, several warm-up speakers for Obama had derided and mocked Romney for once using a Swiss bank account. Campaign videos played to the audience had prompted loud boos when Romney appeared or was mentioned. . . .
    The phenomenon could be a mirror of what has long been thought to be going on in the Republican circles where the conservative base can seem more motivated by a dislike of Obama than a fondness for Romney. Now numerous progressive activist groups are realising that a negative image of Romney – rather than simply a positive spin about Obama – is rapidly becoming one of their most powerful organizing tools.

    This is how the Wikipedia describes the role of the Ministry of Truth:
    The Ministry of Truth is involved with news media, entertainment, the fine arts and educational books. Its purpose is to rewrite history and change the facts to fit Party doctrine for propaganda effect. For example, if Big Brother makes a prediction that turns out to be wrong, the employees of the Ministry of Truth go back and rewrite the prediction so that any prediction Big Brother previously made is accurate. This is the “how” of the Ministry of Truth’s existence. Within the novel Orwell elaborates that the deeper reason for its existence is to maintain the illusion that the Party is absolute. It cannot ever seem to change its mind (if, for instance, they perform one of their constant changes regarding enemies during war) or make a mistake (firing an official or making a grossly misjudged supply prediction), for that would imply weakness and to maintain power the Party must seem eternally right and strong.
    Sound familiar?
    Now Obama’s Minstry of Truthers has taken its show on the road … and it’s coming to a sports arena near you soon (and your chances increase exponentially if you’re so fortunate as to reside in one of those sorely-needed “swing states”).
    (more)
  • evangel... evangel... 2012/05/13 04:09:00
    evangelism_vision
    +2
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  • Cry_Bab... evangel... 2012/05/13 04:49:27
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    +2
    It's the 0bama thugs that are equipped with government arms and government paychecks that will be the most dangerous. The rioters are mere pawns, expendable, and actually useless unless they are being sacrificed.
  • Cry_Bab... evangel... 2012/05/13 13:25:22
  • draconiaregina 2012/05/12 20:11:23
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    draconiaregina
    +4
    I thought that Dear Leader already had one, the M.S.M.
  • Cry_Bab... draconi... 2012/05/13 00:25:36
    Cry_Baby_Obama
    +2
    Fox News's Bill O'Reilly on Friday lambasted the Washington Post for its pathetic hit piece on Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

    "If while Governor of Massachusetts, Romney shaved Barney Frank's head, then you might have a story. But a prep school prank?" incredulously asked O'Reilly. "The Romney story means nothing, period" (video follows with transcript and absolutely no need for additional commentary):



    Read more: http://newsbusters.org/#ixzz1...
  • draconi... Cry_Bab... 2012/05/13 00:40:51
    draconiaregina
    +2
    I don't think Fox News is one of Dear Leader's groveling lapdogs.
  • evangel... Cry_Bab... 2012/05/13 01:18:05
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    Ya I saw that too! Thank you for reminding me of that
  • Cry_Bab... draconi... 2012/05/13 04:50:42
  • evangelism_vision 2012/05/12 20:04:17
    YA I BELIEVE IT
    evangelism_vision
    +4
    Seeing what Obama is doing I believe it
  • evangel... evangel... 2012/05/13 00:28:05
    evangelism_vision
    +1
    ******************* HEY VICTORIA ****************
    YES THERE IS BUT THE BIBLE SAY THAT THOSE WHO ARE PARISHING THE TRUTH IS FOOLISHNESS
    THAT'S WHY YOU DON'T SEE THE TRUTH
  • VICTORIA 2012/05/12 20:02:41
    NO! OBAMA WOULD NEVER DO THAT!
    VICTORIA
    +1
    terrible choices- and no evidence at all presented.

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