Fresh Paint
Monday, March 15, 2004
I'm Not the President -- I Just Play One on TV

Chicago Tribune | Videos with fake journalists lauding Medicare law under scrutiny

The materials were produced by the Health and Human Services Department, but the source is not identified. Two videos end with the voice of a woman who says, "In Washington, I'm Karen Ryan reporting."

But the production company, Home Front Communications, said it had hired Ryan to read a script written by the government.

Another video, intended for Latino audiences, shows a Bush administration official being interviewed in Spanish by a man who identifies himself as a reporter named Alberto Garcia.
Federal law prohibits the use of federal money for "publicity or propaganda purposes" not authorized by Congress.

Well the benefit is fake, so...

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