The Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) today reported on three recent instances where a single television station aired entire, pre-packaged video news releases (VNRs). The sponsored "fake news" spots, all involving WGTU-TV 29 in Traverse City, Mich., can be seen at www.prwatch.org/fakenews3/summary. The new VNR catches prove that, despite mounting pressure from the public and the Federal Communications Commission, television stations continue to air fake news without disclosure. With the media reform group Free Press, CMD filed a formal complaint with the FCC. Under the slogan "Know Fake News," CMD and Free Press are also encouraging concerned citizens to contact the FCC, calling on the agency to address all pending fake news complaints, including the new VNR broadcasts, and to clarify VNR disclosure requirements.
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