Center for Media and Democracy

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2006

    Fake News is a Real Pain

    On October 9 we reported that the Federal Communications Commission's Enforcement Division has sent Letters of Inquiry to all 77 stations mentioned in the Center for Media and Democracy's study, Fake TV News, concerning TV stations whose newscasts have used video news releases without identifying th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2006

    And Now, The Fake News

    In May, our former colleague Rick Kennedy wrote about the Center for Media and Democracy's report Fake TV News, in which the group blasted television networks and their affiliates for passing off paid-for news as The Real Thing--including, in one instance in February, our very own WFAA-Channel 8. Wr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2006

    All the Fake News Fit to Air

    In this week's Observer you'll find a story about WFAA-Channel 8's use of a Video News Release (or VNR) in a story it aired in February. VNRs are TV ads filmed to look like news stories, complete with fake reporters. The WFAA segment used shots from a VNR pushing diet supplements. But WFAA is unique ... More >>

  • News

    May 4, 2006

    Canned News

    PR becomes "reporting" at WFAA

  • News

    February 16, 2006

    RIght Cross

    Is George W. Bush a conservative? Author Bruce Bartlett doesn't think so,

    and saying that cost him his job.