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Fake News Flap – VNRs and Covert Propaganda


You’ve heard of WMDs, but what about VNRs? What are VNRs and how is the government using them as weapons of mass deception? On this week’s edition, we’ll take a look at video news releases and the VNR industry. We’ll see how California’s governor is using them to promote the state’s policies on workers. We’ll also talk to a public relations expert who’s been called a fake reporter for producing VNRs for the Bush administration.


Paul Koretz, California Assemblymember; Art Pulaski, Treasurer, California Labor Federation; Shum Preston, spokesperson, California Nurses Association; Rick Rice, Undersecretary, California Labor and Workforce Development Agency; Dan Rosenheim, News Director, KPIX-TV; John Stauber, author and public relations critic; Sean Smith, Public Lands Campaign Director, Bluewater Network; Porter Versfelt, video producer.

For more information:

Assemblymember Paul Koretz

California Labor Federation (Headquarters) – Oakland, CA

California Nurses Association (Headquarters) – Oakland, CA

California Labor and Workforce Development Agency – Sacramento, CA

CBS 5 – San Francisco, CA

Center for Media and Democracy –  Madison, WI

Bluewater Network – San Francisco, CA

Versfelt Communications Group, Inc.

Author: Sabine Blaizin

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