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Document Type

Note

Publication Date

6-2008

Publication Citation

60 Federal Communications Law Journal 577 (2008)

Abstract

Every time you sit down to watch the evening news, you see not only locally produced stories, but also pre-packaged, corporate-sponsored "video news releases" ("VNRs") that are nothing more than commercials in disguise. Unlike political advertising, which must comply with strict sponsorship identification rules, these VNRs remain unregulated. This Note discusses the failed "Truth in Advertising Act," and proposes mandatory disclosure and beefed-up enforcement as necessary steps in stemming the growing use of these "fake news" spots

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