Schwarzenegger Latest To Fake News Stories
Paradise Post | March 11 2005
THE CIRCUS is coming to town - or at least on your television news. No, I'm not talking about the Michael Jackson media circus, but the Schwarzenegger media circus complete with fake news stories and Arnold driving his Humvee for photo ops.
In his attempt to whip up public support for his plan to bypass the state Legislature and take his message "to the people" the guv is pulling out all stops.
Case in point. The LA Times reports that the state used taxpayer money to produce a "mock news story" that pushes a government-backed, corporation-friendly proposal that would kill mandatory lunch hours for worker. The report comes days after the GAO warned federal agencies against producing similar propaganda videos.
Eighteen stations ran the spots as news reports, complete with a positive promo text for the local anchors to read.
This comes on the heels of the fake news reporter, Jeff Gannon, who was given a White House press pass and asked fake questions at White House news conferences.
In a shameful defense of Gannon, right-wing writer Ann Coulter said "Press passes can't be that hard to come by if the White House allows that old Arab Helen Thomas to sit within yards of the president."
Thomas, who is of Lebanese descent has been a reporter for 60 years and has covered every president since John F. Kennedy.