Payola is a criminalized activity in which radio stations are paid money by record companies to play and promote certain songs.
And while the latest shenanigans involving FEMA are being unscrambled, it turns out that their fraudulent practices are neither new nor exclusive to this controversial agency.
In fact, in a detailed analysis written two years ago, fake newscasts have played a pivotal role in promoting numerous policies advocated by the current Bush administration.
Among others, this includes paying $240,000 to Armstrong Williams, to promote the No Child Left Behind law “on his nationally syndicated television show and through his newspaper column, and to urge other black journalists to do the same.”
But more to the current tomfoolery at hand:
Since 2001, the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service has fielded 40 reporters, producers and public affairs specialists to create â€good military newsâ€ to be beamed to home audiences via local news stations. The service’s â€good newsâ€ segments have reportedly reached 41 million Americans via local newscasts — in most cases, without the station acknowledging their source.