The Square Circuit

Academia, parenthood, living in a bankrupt city, and what I read in the process.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Disinformation

For a crew that is so disdainful of the "mainstream media filter," the Bushies sure do their best to work it. First it was those prepackaged video news releases they send to news programs hoping they'll run the clips as actual reported news. Then it was paying Armstrong Williams to shill for No Child Left Behind, and paying Michael McManus and Maggie Gallagher to hype the marriage initiative.

Now they're paying the foreign press to run unattributed puff pieces. The Financial Times reports today that "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."

Slate.com ran a good piece on this, as well.

1 Comments:

  • At 10:59 PM, Anonymous Wong Online PoK√©r Hu said…

    I absolutely think that this is another futile attempt by the Bush administration to validate its decisions and actions that have caused a lot of opposition. If it's really the admin's plan to make itself look good by paying the media, then it's just admitting that not a lot of people agree with them and not many people like them.

     

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