"I'd like to see 10 of the major TV shows, or telenovelas, have people talking about 'that health insurance thing,'" said Peter V. Lee, the exchange's executive director. "There are good storylines here." This was funded by the federal government. The exchange itself had been financed by three grants, worth $237 million.
In the Obama era, the government can fund all manner of activities propagandizing for Obama's initiatives. But in the Bush years, liberals were utterly scandalized that the U.S. government would use taxpayer money to promote the war effort in Iraq by spinning positive news stories over there. They were scandalized that Bush's Department of Education gave a million-dollar contract to a PR firm with the understanding that black conservative Armstrong Williams would promote the No Child Left Behind Act on his radio show and on TV.
They trashed that deal as "pay-for-play public relations." Liberal congressman George Miller said it was "probably illegal." Melanie Sloan, a former Democratic staffer who runs the group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington told USA Today that the contract may be illegal "because Congress has prohibited propaganda ... (A)nd it's propaganda."
Apparently, liberals bitterly oppose taxpayer-funded propaganda when a proposal's seen as conservative, but happily support it for socialism.