Video News Releases, TV ads disguised as news reports, have been around for decades. Only in March 2004, however, did debate about the use of VNRs break out of journalism circles. That's when D.C. publicist Karen Ryan's wildly successful spot pushing the Bush Administration's Medicare drug bill aired as news on more than 40 stations around the country. The resulting furor prompted legislation and, in April 2005, an Federal Communications Commission announcement that it would strictly enforce its regulations requiring TV stations to disclose the source of the... More >>>