12-02-2005, 09:15 AM #1
U.S. Military Covertly Pays to Run Stories in Iraqi Press
WASHINGTON — 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.
The articles, written by U.S. military "information operations" troops, are translated into Arabic and placed in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor, according to U.S. military officials and documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
The operation is designed to mask any connection with the U.S. military. The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group's Iraqi staff, or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.
Is this action ok in this situation?
12-02-2005, 09:18 AM #2Originally Posted by CAUSASIAN
12-02-2005, 09:19 AM #3
so???? They have never had a free press.. why would anyone expect otherwise??? And paying them is they way that they insist on conducting business.. it's a cultural thing..The answer to your every question
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12-02-2005, 10:43 AM #4
I dont realy se a problem with it.
12-02-2005, 11:28 AM #5Retired Vet
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Its been my experience in the middle east that Arabs will do almost anything for a dollar!.
12-02-2005, 11:30 AM #6
The only press we get in America is negative because it is so liberal. The soldiers come back and ask if we heard about all the schools being re- opened or that more ppl have power now than prior to the war..nope we dont. I think positive is good. Might save some U.S. soldiers lives.
12-02-2005, 02:23 PM #7Originally Posted by roidattack
12-02-2005, 02:50 PM #8Originally Posted by BOUNCER
12-02-2005, 02:53 PM #9Member
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Do you realise what that sounds like to the enemy , not even the enemy , but the nuetral ?
Those power hungry oil ste****g americans are paying our newspapers to write false storys in thier favor . All it doea is promote a strong feeling of mistrust , and rightly so .
Trust is hard to gain , muchless regain .
Hell , I'm american and I don't trust them .
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