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Blurry line between news and propaganda

Shirley Sherrod. The New Black Panther Party. Death panels. Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne has had enough of the far-right media promotion of news that isn't. "When an outlandish charge for which there is no evidence is treated as an on-the-one-hand-and-on-the-other-hand issue, the liars win," Dionne wrote. "The Sherrod case should be the end of the line. If Obama hates the current media climate, he should stop overreacting to it. And the mainstream media should stop being afraid of insisting on the difference between news and propaganda."