Thursday, December 15, 2005


Buying Good Press (And Not Just In Iraq)

From a story in the Guardian about Bush's "accepting responsibility" (whatever that means) for the invasion of Iraq and the bad intelligence preceding it:
It was revealed yesterday, on the eve of elections in Iraq, that the Pentagon had set up a $300m (£170m) psychological warfare operation that involves placing pro-American messages in foreign media outlets across the world, including those of its allies, without disclosing the US government as the source.

One of the military officials in charge of the programme told USA Today the campaign was designed to counter terrorist ideology and sway foreign audiences to support American policies. It will target newspapers, websites, radio and television.
Rev up the propaganda machine! It's interesting to note that "counter[ing] terrorist ideology" and "sway[ing] foreign audiences to support American policies" are seen as flip sides of the same coin here. Could it be that we're quickly approaching the point where "terrorist ideology" is defined as that which does not "support American policies"? (Though of course to some extent we're already there.)

Sad thing is you don't even have to pay for good press here, really. Look at Steve Clemons' description of Sharon's latest maneuvres: he says Sharon is "tilting toward the center". Right and the earth really is flat.

Aunt Deb
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