Tell Me a Secret: Just when you think they can't get any lower

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Just when you think they can't get any lower

As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the US military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of the US mission in Iraq.
The articles, written by US military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to US military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of US and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents and tout US-led efforts to rebuild the country.
Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the US or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the US has paid Iraqi newspapers to run dozens of such articles, with headlines such as "Iraqis Insist on Living Despite Terrorism," since the effort began this year.
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Blogger Kimberly said...

Ya Khalid-

Let me preface this by saying that the following does not take into consideration any of the injustices or...possible legality or lack there of concerning the situation in Iraq!!

Now, I agree that this US practice lacks moral substance. If the US wants to encourage honesty and "democratic" values such as true freedom of press, it should lead by example.

That being said, I think you point out something important in your response- it is important to hear both sides of the story :) I think it is important to recognize a lot of the stuff that is run by Iraqi papers spreads lies not only about the Coalition, but about Iraqis- all depending on the slant of the author.

It doesnt make it any less wrong...but in the interest of seeing the bigger picture :)


11/30/2005 11:37:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

We knew that they were doing this anyway. Remember the incident where some sharp eyed reader noted the word-for-word repetition of a statement by an "Iraqi" ... in 2 SEPERATE incidents? Remember the Firdous square BS where a hundred people, through clever camera angles, was made to seem like thousands? Nothing new. But at least now we have OFFICIAL confirmation of our suspicions...

12/01/2005 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you kidding me! You expect the U.S. to pay/support/allow anti-U.S. -- pro-terrorist articles in a WAR zone to promote fairness ? Are you nuts? Did the English or Americans allow the Nazi to publish their view in American/English newspapers/radio DURING WWII?

12/01/2005 08:20:00 PM  
Blogger sur said...

this is so bad, I am sure that there are some good things that the US troops are doing for your people, but this junk will make so that any good that is actually done..will not be believed. The present "leaders" here are just awful, and I feel hopeful that the "people" will use better judgment next time. (just 3 years to go)

12/02/2005 04:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Muhammad said...

12/02/2005 04:27:00 AM  
Blogger Claude Dorsel said...

On a related subject, if you want a laugh:

Bruce Willis comes out fighting for Iraq’s forgotten GI heroes

ANGERED by negative portrayals of the conflict in Iraq, Bruce Willis, the Hollywood star, is to make a pro-war film in which American soldiers will be depicted as brave fighters for freedom and democracy.,,2089-1892675,00.html

Surely Iraqis can't wait to see this film !

12/02/2005 06:42:00 AM  
Blogger emigre said...

Groan. Shades of the first earth battalli0_on.

12/03/2005 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous bronte said...

just 3 years to go sur?? wow i wonder what these iraqis are whinging about hey... clearly ungrateful

12/03/2005 07:25:00 PM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Emigre' - g'day to you, mate! Nice to see you around.

Anonymous -

"You expect the U.S. to pay/support/allow anti-U.S. -- pro-terrorist articles in a WAR zone to promote fairness ?"

I take it you advocate the violent closure of 'enemy' news sources? You do realise that such an attitude legitimises attacks on "your" news sources and journalists as well ...?

12/05/2005 05:21:00 AM  
Blogger Kimberly said...


I would venture to say that there is quite a difference between WWII and the US invasion of Iraq. Let us compare apples with apples...even if they are rotten.

12/05/2005 06:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Muhammad said...

They get even lower...

Monday, December 05, 2005
Veiled ode to George Bush deleted from Pakistani textbooks


The Guardian Alex Kumi

At first sight it is little more than a poetic polemic about the virtues of an effective leader. But a poem has been removed from school textbooks in Pakistan after it became clear that the first letter of each line spelt out "President George W Bush".

Penned by an anonymous writer, The Leader embarrassed education officials in the country after it found its way into an English textbook for 16-year-olds.

The 20-line work, which was first printed last year, includes the lines: "Never back down when he sees what is true/Tells it all straight, and means it all too/Going forward and knowing he's right/Even when doubted for why he would fight."

And the poetic description of the ideal leader continues: "Over and over he makes his case clear/Reaching to touch the ones who won't hear/Growing in strength, he won't be unnerved/Ever assuring he'll stand by his word/Wanting the world to join his firm stand."

The revelation is likely to embarrass Pakistan's president Pervez Musharraf, who has been criticised at home for taking what has been perceived to be a pro-American stance in supporting the Bush administration's so-called war on terror.

An official working with the Pakistan Education ministry told the Times of India: "We have decided to delete the poem from the book, published by the National Book Foundation, and prescribed for federal board students.

"It will be stretching the matter too far to assert that the poem was inserted in the book deliberately to enumerate the qualities of President Bush."

An investigation has been launched to find out how the work was not spotted by the committees which censor the content of textbooks. It was first printed in A Textbook of English last year after the Pakistani government took the decision to deregulate the publication of textbooks.

The leader

Patient and steady with all he must bear,

Ready to accept every challenge with care,

Easy in manner, yet solid as steel,

Strong in his faith, refreshingly real,

Isn't afraid to propose what is bold,

Doesn't conform to the usual mold,

Eyes that have foresight, for hindsight wont do

Never back down when he sees what is true

Tells it all straight, and means it all too

Bracing for war, but praying for peace

Using his power so evil will cease:

So much a leader and worthy of trust,

Here stands a man who will do what he must

12/06/2005 02:59:00 AM  
Blogger Bruno said...

Muhammad, thanks for that post. I'm starting to believe that there are no depths left unplumbed in the efforts of the neocons to indoctrinate the world...

12/07/2005 05:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Subliminal messages, geeeeeeez, are the neocons so retarded or so desperate? How can someone who isn't completely debrained ever trust america as a nation again?

It gets more and more sickening to surf the net for news.


12/07/2005 04:20:00 PM  
Blogger Claude Dorsel said...

I forget whether I posted this. I believe it is important:

URGENT: Sign the Petition to call for the release of 4 CPT members abducted in Iraq (English & Arabic)

12/09/2005 03:37:00 PM  
Blogger Kent Rogers said...

Goddamn you people are so incredibly blind. In every war in history people use the media to sway the public in favor of their operations. ITS HUMAN NATURE. It is a fact that Al Jazeera is in close cooperation with terrorists to twist and distory facts about the war to sway impressionable arabs, but do you mention that???. WAKE UP. You say that NEOCONS are trying to indoctrinate the world with their beliefs! As if the terrorists arent doing the same thing, we just have the power so people make it appear that we are the bad guys! You people are absolutely disgusting. Paying people to put stories in the newspapers is not wrong, people just lead people to believe that its not completely regular, so that they get angry at the US for doing it. We don't CONTROL the IRaqi press, so we arent doing anything wrong. The stuff that was put in the newspapers was true, Al Jazeera, since its not in a western country does not have to adhere to the same sense of accountability that other people have to adhere to. Al Jazeera has published false information REPEATEDLY throught its existence, and its been proven. Remember when Al Jazeera said that "ALL THE CIVILIANS OF FALLUJAH ARE INFECTED WITH RADIATION"??? haha did that turn out to be true? You people need to wake the fuck up.

People just take ANYTHING they can to try and make America look bad. We are the superpower, we are a free, predominatly christian country, so the world hates us. Do you think if any other country in the world was the Superpower, and had the military might that we wield that the world would be the same way today? FUCK NO. They would use the overwhelming military might to invade other countries and take the spoils. We have the power to enslave the world but we dont. Do you think if Iran/Palestine/Syria had this power that there would be any Christians or jews left alive in the world?? if you say yes you're about as smart as my left testicle.'re a dipshit.

Simple test...Go to a muslim country and say "Islam is false" and you'll get your head cut off. Have a Muslim come to American or any other christian country and say "christianity is false" and they wont be touched. Think about.
See the double standard?

You people are a disgrace, I hope god has mercy on your sick, deceitful souls.

12/11/2005 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...

I let the above amusing comment get through just to make your day:)) i feel sad for my American friends for having to live with people with this mentality in one country, i can understand their frustration, and check his comment also on the thread before this one:))

12/11/2005 07:07:00 AM  
Blogger Claude Dorsel said...

Forget it, Khalid, those desperate believers are part of a dwindling minority, but very vocal.

12/11/2005 08:02:00 PM  
Blogger dancewater said...

in the usa today, we have idiots claiming there is a war on Christmas.... they just get dumber and dumber around here.

I think it is Fox news... I think it sucks the brain cells right out of your head. Or makes them non-functional...

12/11/2005 10:30:00 PM  
Blogger Pebble said...

All sides have done this since the begining of media, if all it's forms.

12/12/2005 07:16:00 PM  
Blogger c.m.p. said...

No, I'll go ahead and agree with this Kent Rogers guy. He's not just saying those things so he can have his day made. In your own profile you express a readily and presumptuous disdain for the American government. So of course, you're going to find angry Americans because you're intentionally looking for them and provoking it.

He could have explained his points a little more diplomatically but there's no reason to feel sad for Americans. There's people of all thoughts in every country, but for some reason you have this subconscious fixation on America whether or not you want to admit that to yourself.

Seriously,go reevaluate the meaning of love and open your mind.

12/16/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Blogger khalid jarrar said...


now this was even a sadder comment that the one before.
i feel misrable thinking how sane Americans have to live with this everyday.

12/16/2005 11:25:00 AM  
Blogger Ramya said...

well, atleast these americans have some use....they provide a good laugh

2/01/2006 12:58:00 PM  
Blogger Ramya said...

well, these two guys together hav certainly given me something to laugh about

2/01/2006 01:00:00 PM  
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