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Article posted Jun 09 2011, 11:59 PM Category: Cover-Up/Deceptions Source: Techdirt Print

Why Is The Federal Government Running Ads Secretly Created & Owned By NBC Universal?

by Mike Masnick, Techdirt

We certainly suspected this when New York City first announced that it was running a series of silly and misleading videos as part of a media campaign to "Stop Piracy in NYC," but now it's been confirmed that these videos were not, in fact, New York City's, but are purely NBC Universal's. At the time, NYC had "thanked" NBC Universal (among others), but had not admitted that NBC Universal "owned" and had created the videos themselves. However, in response to one of the Freedom of Information requests that I filed with New York City, the city noted that the videos are property of NBC Universal. I had asked for any licensing info between NYC and Homeland Security/ICE because ICE was using the same videos. Since NYC had clearly suggested that those videos were the creation of the NYC government, I assumed that ICE must have licensed the videos from NYC. However, NYC responded to my request by saying that there was no such info to hand over, because it did not license the videos to Homeland Security. And the reason was that NYC did not own the videos:
The Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment has no records responsive to your request. Please note that NBC Universal owns the material, not the City of New York.
That's fascinating information. Of course, I had also filed a separate FOI request for any info on the licensing agreement between NYC and NBC Universal. As of this writing there has been no response from NYC, in violation of New York State's Freedom of Information Law, which requires a response within 5 business days (we're way beyond that).

Still, at least give NYC credit for making it clear that NBC Universal had a hand in the creation of the videos, even if it left out the rather pertinent information that it created and owned the videos. While I find it immensely troubling that a municipal government would run PSAs created by corporate interests (without making that clear), I'm extremely troubled by the news that the federal government would run those same videos with absolutely no mention of the fact that the videos were created and owned by a private corporation with a tremendous stake in the issue.

Could you imagine how the press would react if, say, the FDA ran PSAs that were created and owned by McDonald's without making that clear to the public? How about if the Treasury Department ran a PSA created and owned by Goldman Sachs? So, shouldn't we be asking serious questions about why Homeland Security and ICE are running a one-sided, misleading corporate propaganda video, created and owned by a private company, without mentioning the rather pertinent information of who made it?

Does Homeland Security work for the US public... or for NBC Universal?





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Anonymous

Posted: Jun 10 2011, 12:04 PM

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67250 The poor and middle class are getting ass raped by the gov't destroying the currency, the military is blowing up civilians to desperately keep the empire intact, and you're worried about the way they're trying to combat video piracy?

WTF is wrong with you?

Who pays *you*!?
L.S.

Posted: Jun 10 2011, 7:27 PM

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67250, "to desperately keep the empire intact..."


I'm not disagreeing with your entire post, just this little section.

They've sent people such as Glenn Beck and Mark Levin, to ensure the allegiance of the Nationalists. And we've seen the unemployment rate, which doesn't factor in the welfare rate - but one could make a safe wager, that these people are likely on the socialist's side, or soon will be.

I willing to bet, that the only desperate people, are the ones that know the truth; that the empire is very much intact, and it's not declining but "expanding."



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