Senators to Introduce ‘Stop Government Propaganda Act’
In response to continued revelations of government-funded “journalism” — ranging from the purported video news releases put out by the drug czar’s office and the Department of Health and Human Services to the recently uncovered payments to columnists Armstrong Williams and Maggie Gallagher,who flacked administration programs — Sens. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) and Frank R. Lautenberg (D-N.J.) will introduce a bill, The Stop Government Propaganda Act, in the Senate next week.
“It’s just not enough to say, ‘Please don’t do it anymore,'” Alex Formuzis, Lautenberg’s spokesman, told E&P. “Legislation sometimes is required and we believe it is in this case.”
The Stop Government Propaganda Act states, “Funds appropriated to an Executive branch agency may not be used for publicity or propaganda purposes within the United States unless authorized by law.”