Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Truth For Sale

As part of its effort to develop an American-style democracy in Iraq, the US military wrote inaccurate and/or misleading "news articles" and paid Iraqi newspapers to publish them. According to one press report:
The Pentagon hired the Lincoln Group, a Washington-based firm that translates the stories into Arabic and places them in Baghdad newspapers .... The organization's staff or subcontractors in Iraq occasionally pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they hand stories to Iraqi media outlets....
Maybe Armstrong Williams can get a job in Baghdad as Minister of Propaganda and National Enlightenment.

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