Researcher and Writer in Washington, DC

Posts in category Government Communications/Propaganda

Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway Presid...

Six Ways Congress Can Curb a Runaway President

No bones about it, Donald Trump is a steamroller. He defeated 16 Republican candidates, despite being a political novice. Jeb Bush’s $150 million war chest couldn’t insulate him from Trump’s insults; nor could Hillary’s much vaunted ground game and experience. Now Trump is in the Oval Office, and has shown no sign of taking his […]

All the President’s Propaga...

All the President’s Propaganda

Jack Hamilton and I had an op-ed in the December 12,, 2016 copy of the New York Times. In it we note that the executive branch spends more than $1 billion per year communicating with the public. The politicization of those information flows is a problem, and one that is getting worse….(Read more at the […]

Kosar Interviewed by Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin on Executive Branch Propaga...

Kosar Interviewed by Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin on Executive Branch Propaganda

Federal News Radio’s Tom Temin interviewed me about the report John Maxwell Hamilton and I wrote on executive branch propaganda. The audio can he heard at http://federalnewsradio.com/federal-drive/2016/12/kevin-kosar-when-policy-advocacy-slips-into-propaganda/

Government Information and Propaganda: How to Draw a Li...

Government Information and Propaganda: How to Draw a Line?

A government cannot be held accountable if citizens don’t know its policies, its plans and its progress in implementing them. Democratic governments must be transparent about much they spend each year and for what purposes. Deploying modern tools to collect and analyze data also can help the public make informed decisions on questions large and […]

The EPA’s Illegal Propaga...

The EPA’s Illegal Propaganda

The Environmental Protection Agency misused tax dollars in the service of public propaganda, according to a legal opinion just handed down by the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The misdeeds came during the agency’s public-relations blitz to drum up support for its new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. First proposed in April 2014, the […]

The Federal Government’s Information Mach...

[Click the image to see the Department of Labor video play.] Should we raise the minimum wage? That is a subject worthy of fair and square political debate, which it is receiving in the opening weeks of the presidential primary season. But how would you feel if you learned the Obama Administration is using your […]

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