The LA Times Propaganda War

The LA Times came out with a blistering report today that

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

Here’s the gist of the article:

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.

The first question that comes to mind out of this whole ordeal is why are they not paying the New York Times or Washington Post for crying out loud! That’s where their money could do some good!

Jeff Goldstein brilliantly picks this piece of Anti-War propaganda about Pro-America propaganda apart.

I wonder if when the fighting/defense is turned completely over to the Iraqis,… a stable democratic Iraqi government is in place,… the whole of Iraq is prospering economically,… the new oil fields are developed,… and Saddam is just a memory,… will the Democrats in this country continue to hate on Iraq? Will democrats always seethe when someone mentions “Iraq” in conversation? Will they ever be able to celebrate that America won this war and that is a good thing?

Or will the mention of a free and prospering Iraq always make their toes curl?

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