Accuracy in Media

The mediacrity watchdog site is focusing our attention on the production of fake news for the United Nations now appearing on the CNBC cable channel.  Additional research has disclosed that CNBC World, a service of both CNBC and Dow Jones, has actually been airing the UN TV program World Chronicle since 2003. We found a news release noting “a growing UN network of broadcasters that includes CCTV China, CNBC World, CNN World Report, RTP Africa, RTVE and many other major international players.”

We can probably anticipate that the show will be airing on the new Al-Jazeera International channel.

Meantime, a documentary film about “the birth of the United Nations” has been airing on PBS television. The U.N. reported that Workshop for Peace was to be broadcast in the United States on local PBS stations in New York and then offered by satellite to all PBS stations nationwide.

Mediacrity,  put the controversy over UN fake news this way: “?the press is all agog with the GAO finding it was illegal for the Bush Administration to pay commentators like Armstrong Williams to push its education policies. The New York Times thought this was so earth-shattering that it put its story on page one. I’d feel a lot more hot and bothered by this controversy if it wasn’t for this: the media turns a blind eye toward identical practices by the United Nations.” He adds, “?where is the Times’s outrage when it comes to taxpayer-funded faux news broadcast by the United Nations? After all, this country forks over almost half of the budget of the East River Debating and Terrorist Cheerleading Society.”

“Fake news” is defined by the Times and other liberal media as government-funded or?tainted information. Mediacrity calls World Chronicle “a UN-produced fake-news show” because of its direct connection to the U.N. Department of Public Information. Journalists who appear on the show are paid by the U.N.

This fake news is distributed by CNBC to North American audiences. It is carried on CNBC World on Saturday afternoons, three times weekly by CUNY-TV in New York City, and by some public access cable systems.

A description of the relationship on the CNBC website shows a big U.N. flag next to the CNBC logo.

Dow Jones, the parent company of the Wall Street Journal, has announced that it is transferring its 25 percent interest in CNBC World to NBC Universal as of December 31, 2005. But Dow Jones will continue to provide editorial content to CNBC.

The lesson: fake news from the U.N. is good. Fake news from the U.S. Government is bad.

Can there be any better evidence of a double standard by the press?

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