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  1. #1 Propaganda Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top 
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    Propaganda Update: TV Networks Will Be Asked to Boost ObamaCare In Plots of Their Top Shows
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    Abby Goodnough of The New York Times is reporting as the California state government is setting up its ObamaCare exchange, the exchange has hired a PR firm (with federal government money).

    "Realizing that much of the battle will be in the public relations realm, the exchange has poured significant resources into a detailed marketing plan — developed not by state health bureaucrats but by the global marketing powerhouse Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide, which has an initial $900,000 contract with the exchange," she wrote. Ogilvy's plan is to tap major network TV shows like "Grey's Anatomy" and "Modern Family" to sell Americans on the health care law:
    Hollywood, an industry whose major players have been supportive of President Obama and his agenda, will be tapped. Plans are being discussed to pitch a reality television show about “the trials and tribulations of families living without medical coverage,” according to the Ogilvy plan. The exchange will also seek to have prime-time television shows, like “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and Univision telenovelas, weave the health care law into their plots.

    “I’d like to see 10 of the major TV shows, or telenovelas, have people talking about ‘that health insurance thing,’ ” said Peter V. Lee, the exchange’s executive director. “There are good story lines here.”

    Although the exchange will not start advertising until next year, the California Endowment, a foundation that has spent $15 million promoting the law, is running newspaper and television ads, including one in which the television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz exhorts viewers to “get educated, get engaged, get enrolled.” That campaign has targeted Hispanics, who make up more than half of the state’s uninsured population.
    Goodnough added "The exchange itself has so far been financed by three grants, worth $237 million, from the federal government. Most of the money is committed to consultants, including Accenture, which has a $327 million contract to build and support the initial operation of the enrollment portal."

    Remember that the liberal media was furious that the federal government would promote the war in Iraq inside Iraq, and furious that the Department of Education would hire PR flacks like Armstrong Williams to talk up Bush education programs on cable news. So where is their outrage at the idea that federal grants would promote ObamaCare advertising inside network TV entertainment programs?
    The only outrage we see with the liberal media is cracking on Romney for any move he makes.

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    Television has been taking money from the federal government and working their agendas into their storylines for a long time, this is just the most recent issue to get this treatment.


    Usually, it's being done regarding the War on Drugs, and the network takes the check, then works an anti-drug message into some of their popular shows, especially shows teens like.

    I personally think it's wrong in either case, and it stifles artistic expression.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noonwitch View Post
    Television has been taking money from the federal government and working their agendas into their storylines for a long time, this is just the most recent issue to get this treatment.


    Usually, it's being done regarding the War on Drugs, and the network takes the check, then works an anti-drug message into some of their popular shows, especially shows teens like.

    I personally think it's wrong in either case, and it stifles artistic expression.
    Since when has the big 3-5 TV outfits exhibited any 'artistic expression'? The only thing they know is copying last seasons winners and as competition grows, they slowly wither away. We nailed broadcast television as a great wasteland decades ago and it has not improved anytime since.
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