15 December 2005

Total lack of internal reflection


“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,” claims a story in the Los Angeles Times. Get a load of this:

According to several sources, the process for placing the stories begins when soldiers write “storyboards” of events in Iraq, such as a joint U.S.-Iraqi raid on a suspected insurgent hide-out, or a suicide bomb that killed Iraqi civilians.

The storyboards, several of which were obtained by The Times, read more like press releases than news stories. They often contain anonymous quotes from U.S. military officials; it is unclear whether the quotes are authentic.

“Absolute truth was not an essential element of these stories,” said the senior military official who spent this year in Iraq.

What exactly is the difference between what the Times claims the military is doing and what the Times is doing right here? Oh yeah, the military’s supposed propaganda is designed to aid our side.

And we can’t have that, can we?

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