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.)

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

 

Guilty Plea for Borf

From a sign above the Roosevelt Bridge to the building above a Connecticut Avenue Cosi, Borf struck with greater frequency and more splash than anyone since the prolific Cool Disco Dan in the 1980s, authorities said.

"He was very good at what he did," said Dennis Butler, the D.C. public works official in charge of abating such nuisances, "but it was unwanted art."
Unwanted by whom?

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