The current administration is more inhospitable to truth and an informed citizenry than any before it. In fact, the administration seeks the opposite: a public that buys a carefully constructed myth over reality. This deception has manifest in seven lines of attack:
* Infiltrating public broadcasting with party loyalists
* Manufacturing fake news and propaganda
* Bribing journalists to flack for the administration
* Gutting the Freedom of Information Act
* Deceiving media (and the U.S. public) about Iraq
* Stifling dissent within mainstream media
* Consolidating media control into the hands of the elite
--Bush's War on the Press
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