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March 16, 2004
VIA ROMENESKO WE LEARN: "Democrats want TV network execs to immediately warn stations not to use the Bush administration's mock news videos featuring actors posing as journalists praising the benefits of the new Medicare law."
I guess if actual journalists stuck to journalism, and didn't "praise the benefits" of laws on a regular basis, these ads wouldn't work. The real problem isn't that people issue video news releases, it's that it's hard to tell the real news from a video news release. But when the networks have been using "actors posing as journalists" for years, it's hard to get much traction with complaints like this one.