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Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs 240

An anonymous reader writes "A few months ago, Homeland Security's ICE (Immigration & Customs Enforcement) group started placing an anti-piracy video PSA on various domains that it had seized. What it didn't say was who created the PSA. A Freedom of Information Act request by Techdirt has revealed that the videos are actually created & owned by NBC Universal, but nowhere does Homeland Security publicly admit this. As Techdirt writes: '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?'"
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Homeland Security Running NBC-Owned PSAs

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  • Must See TV! (Score:4, Informative)

    by WrongSizeGlass ( 838941 ) on Thursday June 09, 2011 @01:00PM (#36390152)
    That's "Must See" as in "you are legally required to watch and learn, citizens."
  • Re:Remind me again (Score:5, Informative)

    by Dyinobal ( 1427207 ) on Thursday June 09, 2011 @01:05PM (#36390254)
    To turn the US into a Police State and umm I think there was something about terrorism in there.
  • by ChrisGoodwin ( 24375 ) on Thursday June 09, 2011 @01:12PM (#36390382) Journal

    US Customs has been moved under Homeland Security.

  • by Hartree ( 191324 ) on Thursday June 09, 2011 @01:18PM (#36390516)

    How's this different than the PSA's that the Ad Council regularly runs? They're often done by outside corporations. They're usually "nonprofit" corporations. That doesn't always mean they don't have an agenda. Often the agenda is their very reason for being.

    Don't believe me? Well, the NRA is a nonprofit corp, for example. At least portions of Earth First are nonprofit corp. The American Conservative Union Foundation that puts on CPAC is a nonprofit corp.

    I could go on, but I've given examples that should be suspect to various parts of the political spectrum.

    Is the point that it's only OK if they partner with $(groups) that $(individual) agrees with?

  • by squidfood ( 149212 ) on Thursday June 09, 2011 @01:44PM (#36390908)

    Alternative IF NBC wrote the script and the government found it to be accurate(*), then fine.

    No, maybe not fine.

    Fine is: Government wants to produce a message. Government writes the message. Government puts production services out for bid, NBC is best by fair assessment (not just on price but possibly quality services). Video is made.

    NOT fine is: Message is essentially a corporate message from NBC following NBC interests, so they give/donate/underbid their services in such a way that their corporate message is being sent and endorsed using the government as a mouthpiece.

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