Monday, November 17, 2008

TV Stations Air Fake News

The Center for Media and Democracy's PR Watch group claims fake news stories were shown on local TV stations as if they were legitimate news. 77 stations, including WAKA Channel 8, are accused by the organization of airing stories created by corporate sponsors as genuine news. The stories are commercial video news releases that the stations air without disclaimer or notice that the story is not a verified news item.

The CMD also claims news networks cite fictional characters as sources for information.

An example is the character Martin Eisenstadt. Eisenstadt, an alleged McCain campaign staffer, is credited with starting the rumor that Sarah Palin is bad with geography. The character exists only in a blog, according to PR Watch, and is an elaborate fraud. Fox News reporters cited the information as coming from top McCain aides.

Karl Rove Connected to Siegelman Prosecution, Again

A legal aide to a US Attorney Leura Canary, Tamarah Grimes, alleges that her boss interfered with the prosecution of former Governor, Don Siegelman. Canary recused herself from the trial, according to Grimes, yet continued to advise the prosecution.

Leura Canary has strong ties to Karl Rove. Rove and Canary made news previously when a campaign volunteer told congressional attorneys of a conversation in which Canary's husband Bill told Rove his wife, Leura, would take care of Siegelman.