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.