One Small Step Towards Full Disclosure

For one year, U.S. government agencies will be banned "from issuing video news releases that do not clearly identify" the government as the source of the footage. Congressional members "agreed to include the measure in an emergency spending bill," which is why the restriction expires after one year. The Truth in Broadcasting Act, scheduled for a Senate Commerce committee hearing on May 12, would make the ban permanent. The Center for Media and Democracy and the media reform group Free Press urged lawmakers not only to pass permanent restrictions, but also to ban the covert airing of both government- and corporate-funded "fake news."