Federal government plants stories in local news outlets? 

The New York Times has a long story about it here.

I have a few questions:

- Who gets their news from TV anymore?

- Did previous administrations engage in this sort of practice? (The article claims that the Clinton administration did. Since I haven't watched TV news in about a decade, I wouldn't remember.)

- Are local TV stations really so lazy that they'll run these prepackaged news bites? After all, Boston news stations devoted ridiculous amounts of effort and airtime to the story about that dog getting electrocuted, from what I hear.


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