US To Spend $20m On Iraq PR

Abu Ghraib
Spin this, you cunts.

U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.

The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories and assessing their tone as part of a program to provide “public relations products” that would improve coverage of the military command’s performance, according to a statement of work attached to the proposal.
(Source: Washington Post via BoingBoing)

The US government doesn’t like the news from Iraq.

So they’re going to spend twenty million dollars on spinning it to their favour.

What a fantastic use of American tax dollars. There you go, the poor of America! You may not have decent healthcare or an education system fit for the richest country in the world but at least your government is getting its propaganda across.

Twenty million dollars. Just think of how that money could improve lives across the US. But no, there’s never money for public spending but there’s always money for war.