Democracy Now

Democracy Now! (6 am) – March 14, 2005

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Laurie Garrett Quits Newsday: "When You See News As a Product…It’s Impossible To Really Serve Democracy"

We speak with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett, who resigned from Newsday and ripped the paper’s parent company, the Tribune Company, for putting profit over quality journalism. Garrett says, “If you trim back your staff, if you trim back your costs, and you put out a lower quality product, your stock value goes up. All across the news industry, we have seen this same phenomenon."

State Propaganda: How Government Agencies Produce Hundreds of Pre-Packaged TV Segments the Media Runs as News

According to a major expose in The New York Times, federal agencies under the Bush administration – from the State Department to Agriculture to the Transportation Security Administration – have been producing hundreds of pre-packaged TV segments that have been broadcast on local stations as real news. We speak with John Stauber of PR Watch, which has been tracking the rise of government and corporate-produced news for years.

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