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Free Press Lists White House Attacks on Media

Free Press–founded by Robert W. McChesney, professor at the University of Illinois–speaks out againt the Bush Administration’s tactics, saying

America’s leadership is waging a war against the journalistic standards and practices that underpin not only a free press but our democracy. The Fourth Estate is withering under an unprecedented White House assault designed to intimidate, smear and discredit investigative journalism…

Then it lists seven areas 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

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