Paying for news

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The (Toledo, Ohio) Blade

Perhaps it shouldn't surprise anyone, but the idea that the United States is paying Iraqi journalists to plant stories in the Iraqi media reflecting the U.S. government's view of the war may be an all-new low. ...

The Pentagon's project is at odds with the liberty that the Bush Administration claims it is trying to introduce in Iraq. ...

It is shameful. Unfortunately it is not new, including in the United States, where conservative columnist Armstrong Williams was paid $240,000 to tout the administration's "No Child Left Behind" act and James Guckert, working under the pseudonym Jeff Gannon, was a Bush favorite in White House press conferences before he was unmasked in February.

Perhaps the most troubling aspect of the practice's spread to Iraq is that many people on the right have no problem with it at all.

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