Thursday, December 01, 2005

Bushco propaganda machine strikes again!

Reports from Iraq are saying that the U.S. military has been paying Iraqi journalists and publishers to print articles favorable to the efforts of the coalition forces. In fact, many of these articles are not written by the Iraqi journalists at all, but by the United States and its contract agencies.

So much for promoting freedom of the press. But I guess this should come as little surprise to us. After all, the Bush administration has been paying domestic media outlets and planting its own propaganda here at home for the last few years. In fact, the U.S. Education Department paid commentator Armstrong Williams nearly $250,000 to tout the administration's No Child Left Behind initiative.

Other administration departments have even produced and distributed pre-packaged video "news" segments designed to look like real television news segments. But they're not news at all. They are, quite literally, government propaganda, something that is illegal in this country.

And let's not forget the notorious White House reporter Jeff Gannon, aka James Guckert, who turned out to be nothing but a sham reporter and former male prostitute.

According to a recent article in Rolling Stone, propaganda even may have been used in selling the Iraq war to Americans and others around the world.

According to the GAO, "the publicity or propaganda prohibition is a restriction on the government's use of appropriated funds in disseminating information." In short, it's against the law to use government money to sell the administration's politics in the media.

But laws - or even ethics - don't seem to get in the way of the Bush administration. They just seem to do what they please until someone finds out and then they plead ignorance. They've done it at home and they're doing it in Iraq, too.

Is it any wonder that our reputation around the world is in the shitter? Who can trust us anymore? I wouldn't. Would you?


At 11:27 PM, Blogger gideon1789 said...

Why do you call James Gluckert a former male prostitute? He may have been, but are you saying that because he made one serious mistake, he's not allowed a second chance?
This may be a small part of your article, but it's an important point.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger DrewL said...

No, but there's some serious irony in the fact that he was posing as a reporter on behalf of the Republican Party in order to spin stories to the Bush administration's benefit. That would be the Republican Party that contends it is steeped in moral and family values.

It's just some irony that underscores the pure hypocrisy of the Bush administration and its ardent supporters.

Next thing you know we'll have Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani battling for the 2008 Republican nomination. That would be the same Newt Gingrich who was carrying on a long-term extramarital affair with a congressional aide while Speaker of the House. And that would be the same Rudy Giuliani who was so publicly cheating on his wife for so long.

Yeah, there's some moral values for you.


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