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February 13, 2006

What It Takes To Make Bush Look Good

-- by Dave Johnson

Let's say your job is making Bush and the Republicans ook good to the public. What's it going to cost?

The Raw Story | Bush Admin. spent over $1.6 Billion on advertising and P.R. since 2003, GAO finds:

Democrats requested that GAO conduct the study after evidence emerged last year that the Bush Administration had commissioned "covert propaganda" from public relations firms. Several federal departments had hired firms to develop "video new releases" to promote department initiatives which appeared to television viewers to be independent newscasts. Other revelations that triggered the GAO report included the disclosure that the Department of Education paid conservative commentator Armstrong Williams to promote the No Child Left Behind Act on the radio and in his columns.
And what items of great importance to the American pubic were our tax dollars spent on?


... The Administration's public relations and advertising contracts spanned a wide range of issues, including Administration priorities like "marriage-related research initiatives," message development presenting "the Army's strategic perspective in the Global War on Terrorism," and an FDA contract to warn the public of the consequences and potential danger of importing prescription drugs from other nations.
The danger of importing drugs from other nations? That's a DRUG COMPANY propaganda point, not a government one!

Of course, no one will go to jail for this.

Posted by Dave Johnson at February 13, 2006 7:38 PM

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Based on the Census Bureau survey, USDA estimates that in 2000, 10.5 million U.S. households were food insecure, meaning that they did not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs. About 33 million people lived in these households, including 20 million adults and 13 million children. Hunger in America has, and continues to be, a real problem for a significant part of our population.

Given a choice in priorities your tax dollars were directed at propaganda for King George.

Given a choice of topics, what are right-wing bloggers writing about today? That Al Gore apologized to Saudi Arabia for the rosting of Saudi nationals after 9-11.

The Guardian:

In an unprecedented damage-limitation exercise, President George Bush told Arab TV viewers last night the treatment of prisoners by some members of the US military in Iraq had been “abhorrent” and would be thoroughly investigated.
The people of Iraq “must understand that what took place in that prison does not represent the America that I know,” he said in an interview with al-Hurra, an Arabic-language channel funded by the US government.

Though Mr Bush stopped short of a direct apology for the abuse at Abu Ghraib jail, where prisoners were stripped naked and sexually humiliated, he continued: “In a democracy everything is not perfect _ mistakes are made.”

The perpetrators would be investigated and brought to justice, he said. “We will do to ourselves what we expect of others.”

Posted by: Citizen K at February 14, 2006 12:57 AM

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