Wednesday, November 30, 2005

The Pot Calling The Kettle...

This from the LA Times.

U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press

WASHINGTON — As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the U.S. mission in Iraq.

The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents and tout U.S.-led efforts to rebuild the country.

Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles, with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism," since the effort began this year.

And how is that different from what Al-Jazeera is doing?

Or how is that different from what the US MSM is doing?

Oh, yeah, they are factual.

I guess it's only ok to be one-sided if it is the Left Side.


Blogger Pastorius said...

Or, the anti-American side.

4:31 PM  
Blogger Fu2rman said...

Left, or Anti-American, it does seem to be the same thing, doesn't it?

4:39 PM  

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