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U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press - Los Angeles Times

Today the LA Times reveals how the U.S. US Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press.

It is a common complaint among government officials that the press only focuses on the negative - but when your biggest policy-maker is military, a new interaction between policy and press is made possible.

I think I hinted these kind of moves in my dissertation - and it is as well rather relevant to my present research on propaganda, because this is more or less what we would deem as a clear example of the big P.

"Though the articles are basically factual, they present only one side of events and omit information that might reflect poorly on the U.S. or Iraqi governments, officials said. Records and interviews indicate that the U.S. 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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