Saturday, December 3, 2005

Report: US Uses Paid Content in Iraq


UPDATED I am not sure what the big news is here. Paid content in the US is part of the free market of ideas. In some cases, American Web sites and news outlets routinely place stories for pay without informing their readers. The fact that the US government may be using paid content against terrorists is nothing more than an exercise in psychological warfare. My problem with this issue is in an omission to note the difference between a dictator who runs the media and controls the press -- and a free enterprise media who can decline to accept the paid stories. Furthermore, if the placed stories from Iraq bleed into domestic news, it is not the government's fault that American media publishes the news without insuring the authenticity of the sources.

Military Says It Paid Iraq Papers for News
(Washington Post) The U.S. military command in Baghdad acknowledged for the first time yesterday that it has paid Iraqi newspapers to carry positive news about U.S. efforts in Iraq, but officials characterized the payments as part of a legitimate campaign to counter insurgents' misinformation.

U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press
WASHINGTON (LA Times) -- 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.

U.S. Is Said to Pay to Plant Articles in Iraq Papers
WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (NYT) -- Titled "The Sands Are Blowing Toward a Democratic Iraq," an article written this week for publication in the Iraqi press was scornful of outsiders' pessimism about the country's future.

U.S. Military Unclear on 'Planted' Stories
WASHINGTON, (AP) -- The U.S. military offered a mixed message Wednesday about whether it embraced one of its own programs that reportedly paid a consulting firm and Iraqi newspapers to plant favorable stories about the war and the rebuilding effort.

Military Planting Articles in Iraq Papers
(Washington Post) Positive articles about the war in Iraq written by U.S. troops have been appearing in Iraqi newspapers under the guise of independent journalism, part of a coordinated effort by the U.S. military to win over Iraqi civilians, according to military officials.

TENSION: Let's tell all the secrets
GRAVITY: Check your sources

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