Nearly 40,000 citizens have signed our petition calling on the FCC, Congress and local broadcasters to put an end to the propaganda . If you haven't signed it, please take a moment:
These petitions are now piling up on Martin's doorstep. They demand "that the Bush administration stop using our tax dollars to create fake news reports" and that the FCC punish broadcasters who beam this propaganda to unsuspecting Americans.
The local station mangers know whether they've beamed propaganda into American homes, but few are speaking out. And there's few to no local news monitoring services looking out for the public's best interests and flagging official VNR's when they air.
My request to MediaCitizens: Have you seen a government-sponsored "video news release" on your local station? I'm going to start compiling a record. But I need your help. Call your local station managers and ask them to reveal any VNR's that have come through their newsrooms. If they refuse to tell, report them to me and we'll start investigating. If they do tell, let us know about the VNR's and we'll begin compiling a public record.
The only way to stop propaganda is with a vigilant citizenry ready to call broadcasters and our government to account.