A boy weeps as others survey the damage caused by a US air strike on Fallujah. Picture:AFP
A 30-year-old Oxford graduate with no public relations experience has been handed a $100m contract by the Pentagon – to plant false stories in Iraqi papers.
(Source: The Independent)
I wrote previously about the totally unsurprising revelations concerning US propaganda in the Iraq War.
It was unsurprising to any of us with a functioning, independent brain. I don’t imagine for a second that Tories or Republicans will be surprised – they’ll just deny these reports, the same as they deny any truth about the illegal invasion and occupation of Iraq. And the same as they deny the 100,000 Iraqis murdered by their grand crusade of slaughter.
And I’ve got to hand it to them – they’ve won. Every TV report I see, every mainstream media comment on Iraq toes the American line faultlessly. Innocent civilians ripped to shreds by thermobaric munitions are written-off as “insurgents” without that label ever being questioned. The appalling attacks against Fallujah are portrayed as some kind of victory against terrorism when they are the murder of innocents, pure and simple.
How has this happened? Here’s how:
But the real breakthrough came this summer when Bailey’s company, having again changed its name to the Lincoln Group, secured a $100m contract for information and psychological operations. Part of the contract was for placing “faux” news stories in some of the 200 Iraqi-owned newspapers that now exist.
Pentagon officials have said that, while not factually incorrect, these stories only presented one side of the story and would not include anything negative about the occupation. It was reported this week that the $100m was part of a larger $300m “stealth PR effort” in a number of countries around the world.
(Source: The Independent)
Note the last part, which I’ve emphasised. The US has spent $300 million dollars on corrupting the world’s media.
Every TV report you see, every pro-US magazine article, every touching story about a US soldier’s pregnant wife, all of it is tainted, all of it unreliable. I’m not saying that individual reporters are corrupt but within the framework of a bribed, biased media, they have become cogs in the pro-war US propaganda.
Every feel-good story of “our brave lads helping the poor Iraqis” is spin. Paid for spin. And every pro-war story squeezes out the truth, squeezes out the fact that the US, UK and other “liberators” have carried out mass-murder in Iraq and re-branded it “democracy.” “Embedded” reporters feed us US propaganda directly while the non-tame variety are murdered by US tanks.
Meanwhile, you won’t see news reports of the following on your telly:
“There has been an incredible number of casualties with very, very serious wounds in the region of Hilla. We saw that a truck was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children. It was an awful sight. It was really very difficult to believe this was happening.”
That was a statement by Roland Huguenin, an International Red Cross worker. Contrast that image with the recent glowing stories about the “birth of Iraqi democracy.” Can you truly have democracy in a country which is under occupation by the same armies that committed the atrocities detailed above?
I’ve given up speaking to people about Iraq. Most people I know have swallowed the US propaganda completely. They don’t question anything they’re shown on telly or read in the papers. They don’t even get to hear the truth.
What hope has the truth got against $300 million dollars?