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Thursday, August 17, 2006

More VNR Madness: The Federal Communications Commission has mailed letters to the owners of 77 television news stations again reiterating its position that TV producers should not be allowed to decide for themselves what goes on the air.

FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, quite possible the stupidest man in America, says: “You can't tell any more the difference between what's propaganda and what's news.”

Well, here’s a handy definition: News is what happens when journalists and their producers are allowed to make their own decisions about what viewers get to see, as is currently the case. Propaganda is what happens when the government decides to intervene in that process, which is what Adelstein wants to see happen.

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