Manufactured journalism/External Links

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The following are External Links related to the file manufactured journalism.

Alternate terms include fake news, fake reporters, fake journalism, faux journalism, phony journalism/ist, manufactured propaganda


Video & TV

  • Edward Wasserman, "'Dean Scream' clip was media fraud," Miami Herald, February 23, 2005: "In fact the Dean Scream was a fraud, probably the clearest instance of media assassination in recent U.S. political history."

Articles & Commentary

  • "Hall of Shame: Cheaters, Fake Reporters, Foul Mouths and Conduct: Expect to Be Posted Here,"
  • Jonathan Miller, "Globe and New Republic editors admit oversight failures in long-running cases of fictitious reporting," Society of Professional Journalists, SPJ News, November 1998.
  • "Death to public service journalism" (cache file),, June 3, 2002: "Those geeks at the IRE conference in San Francisco were told this weekend that 'Quick and cheap celebrity gossip, gruesome snippets on accidents and crimes, and fluffy features about cute pets usually drive out costly, complex reporting on politics and economics, creating the media equivalent of a sugary, junk-food diet.' ... More interesting was Jimmy Breslin's talk at the conference: Breslin told reporters and editors that 'there's a lot of boring writing' out there (I think we can thank Gannett for its style of manufactured journalism as a big factor in the death of any kind of art in most newspapers)."
  • Tim Graham, "No Honest Eyewitness. There’s little truth coming out of Baghdad," National Review, April 1, 2003: "The imbalance of media criticism right now is leveled at the embedded correspondents, caricatured by reporter-activists like Time veteran Eugene Linden as government stooges, men and women who have 'jumped into this leash like golden retrievers eager to be walked.' ... ABC’s Cokie Roberts was widely scorned a few years ago by appearing in a coat in front of a green screen and pretending to be on Capitol Hill when she was across town. That’s not a high moment for American journalism, but at this time, the American people would be better served by reporters standing in front of fake Baghdad backdrops with truthful reporting than they are by reporters with a true Baghdad backdrop and completely fake reporting."
  • Joseph Sobran, "Airbrushing History? A Lasting Journalistic Scandal," October 23, 2003.
  • Chris Tryhorn, "US government faked Bush news reports," Guardian UK, March 16, 2004: "TV news reports in America that showed President George Bush getting a standing ovation from potential voters have been exposed as fake, it has emerged. ... The US government admitted it paid actors to pose as journalists in video news releases sent to TV stations intending to convey support for new laws about health benefits."
  • Joe Gandelman, "He's baaaaaaaaaaaaack and Coming To a Bookstore Near You...(Joe Gandelman)," Deane's World, June 4, 2004: "In the ultimate example of phoney, manufactured journalism, CNN, in a piece on John Kerry's choices for Vice President, lists Bill Clinton. This kind of 'analysis' deameans [sic] serioius [sic] journalism. There has not been one shred of evidence that Bill Clinton is on anyone's list for Vice President on a Kerry ticket, except someone trying to create news where there is none. Matt Drudge links to this truly idiotic piece on his website. After The Moderate Voice read it, he was puzzled. He thought Brothers Grimm died years ago."
  • Missouri Mule, Whistlestopper Blog Posting, September 11, 2004: "... it is exactly what went on in the 1970's when Richard Nixon was doing the cover-up on Watergate. It is called stonewalling. What we have here is a 'third-rate' vast right wing conspiratorial assault on press freedom (according to Dan Rather). ... Don't believe it. I followed Watergate. I know what I am talking about. ... This thing is falling apart like week old used toilet tissue. ... The NG general who originally 'authenticated' the documents now says that CBS told him the memos were 'handwritten.' That was a palpable lie. He now believes this is a fraud. ... This is manufactured journalism. In the old days it was called 'yellow journalism.' It is awful. It is truly an assault on our freedom because it invalidates our ability to make an informed decision at the ballot box. All people regardless of party affiliation should utterly condemn this type of fraud. It is totally unconsionable." Re George W. Bush's military service/Documents.
  • Ceci Connoly, "Drug Control Office Faulted For Issuing Fake News Tapes," Washington Post, January 7, 2005: "Shortly before last year's Super Bowl, local news stations across the country aired a story by Mike Morris describing plans for a new White House ad campaign on the dangers of drug abuse. ... What viewers did not know was that Morris is not a journalist and his 'report' was produced by the government, actions that constituted illegal 'covert propaganda,' according to an investigation by the Government Accountability Office."
  • Perry Bacon, Jr., "Fake News," Time, January 17, 2005.
  • "Fox News: Behind the Scenes of its Propaganda," News Hounds, February 15, 2005: "Subtitle: If you question whether Fox News is a propaganda machine for the right, read this."
  • David Rossie, "White House Has Lots of Mouthpieces," Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin, February 16, 2005: "Now we learn that the self-proclaimed guardians of the hen house have turned out to be if not foxes, at least weasels. And we've been paying some of them. Or more precisely, the Bushies -- the moral values crowd -- have been paying them. With our money."
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel, "Faux journalism," The Nation, February 15, 2005.
  • Rhonda Chriss Lokeman, "Fakers and frauds fool American taxpayers," Knight-Ridder, February 16, 2005: "A congressional inquiry came up with $88 million that the Bush administration spent last year on public relations contracts, mostly for furthering policies favored by the conservative president and his allies. ... That's taxpayers' money that was spent on influence-peddling."
  • Gail Russell Chaddock, "Bush administration blurs media boundary. Controversy over a 'journalist' adds to the buzz about message control in capital," Christian Science Monitor, February 17, 2005: "First came video 'news releases' produced by the Bush administration using a TV news format. Then came three conservative columnists who got big paychecks from federal agencies. Now, there's Jeff Gannon (not his real name), a journalist (maybe) who gained surprisingly easy access to the president, only to lob a sympathetically slanted question. ... No evidence has surfaced that Mr. Gannon was directed by the White House, but the circumstances ignited a debate over the inner workings of the White House press room."
  • Hendrik Hertzberg, Comment: "Newshounds," The New Yorker, February 28, 2005 (Issue); posted February 21, 2005.
  • Christopher Lee, "Prepackaged News Gets GAO Rebuke. Walker: PR Must Be Clearly Labeled," Washington Post, February 21, 2005.
  • Jim Boyd, "Editorial Pages: Why Courage is Hard to Find," Nieman Reports, Spring 2006.

Guckert / Gannon

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