US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories

Posted by: Zapata_

US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories - 11/30/05 12:38 PM

Fake it, fake it, fake it if you can't make it. Fake it, fake it, fake it if you can't make it. Go Lincoln! Go Lincoln! Go! Go Lincoln! Go Lincoln! Go! Go Lincoln! Go Lincoln!<br><br>Orwell would have been so impressed with this century. <br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories<br>By Mark Mazzetti and Borzou Daragahi<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>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.<br><br>While the articles are basically truthful, 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.<br><br>The operation is designed to mask any connection with the U.S. military. The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group’s Iraqi staff, or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.<br><br>The military’s effort to disseminate propaganda in the Iraqi media is taking place even as U.S. officials are vowing to promote democratic principles, political transparency and freedom of speech to a country emerging from decades of dictatorship and corruption. It comes as the State Department is training Iraqi reporters in basic journalism skills and Western media ethics, including one workshop titled “The Role of Press in a Democratic Society.”<p><hr></blockquote><p>http://news.ft.com/cms/s/3ca72216-6179-11da-8470-0000779e2340.html<br>http://www.lincolngroup.com/<br>http://www.psywarrior.com/<br><br><br>
Posted by: TheGreatDivide

Buy a Christ'lure... : P - 11/30/05 01:33 PM

generations my friend<br>it'll take a couple<br><br>to clean up the mess<br><br>they can't wait to quit<br>end up like all the Pinoche's etc<br><br>mercy, mercy me<br><br>Impeach.
Posted by: DLC

Re: US paying Iraqi press to run favourable storie - 11/30/05 01:54 PM

OHHH ... that explains why Bush wanted to BOMB Al Jazira !!<br><br><br><br>did they also recruit those 3 fake WH reporters (aka Jeff Gannon) ?? <br><br>might as well go for the whole "tamale" !!<br><br>David (OFI)<br>
Posted by: Llewelyn

Re: US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories - 11/30/05 02:03 PM

<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>While the articles are basically truthful, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said.<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>So, what?? You have a problem with printing basically truthful stories tha show the US in a good light. I think you'll find that CNN, Al Jazira, et al have the other stories pretty well covered.<br><br><br>- This is gonna get pretty interesting. <br>- Define "interesting". <br>- Oh, God, oh, God, we're all gonna die..
Posted by: SgtBaxter

Re: US paying Iraqi press to run favourable storie - 11/30/05 02:07 PM

Everyone forgets that there's always 3 sides to every story. Yours, mine and the truth.<br><br>
Posted by: Zapata_

Re: US paying Iraqi press to run favourable stories - 11/30/05 02:50 PM

So why the covert operation? Why not be up front, open, honest and transparent about it? Why wear a mask?<br><br>Because it's PsyOps! A PR campaign. Sales. Marketing.<br><br>"Capture their minds, and their hearts and souls will follow"<br><br><br><blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The operation is designed to mask any connection with the U.S. military. The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group’s Iraqi staff, or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.<br><br>The military’s effort to disseminate propaganda in the Iraqi media is taking place even as U.S. officials are vowing to promote democratic principles, political transparency and freedom of speech to a country emerging from decades of dictatorship and corruption. It comes as the State Department is training Iraqi reporters in basic journalism skills and Western media ethics, including one workshop titled “The Role of Press in a Democratic Society.”<p><hr></blockquote><p><br>Pretty well covered? When does the denial end?<br><br>