Never mind the lack of clean drinking water; you’re liberated!

According to the L.A. Times, the U.S. military secretly pays the Iraqi press to run stories written by American troops that put a positive spin on the U.S. mission in Iraq.

Many of the articles are presented in the Iraqi press as unbiased news accounts written and reported by independent journalists. The stories trumpet the work of U.S. and Iraqi troops, denounce insurgents and tout U.S.-led efforts to rebuild the country.

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.

Maybe that’s what Judith Miller meant when she said she’d “already received several offers ‘of all kinds‘ for employment.”


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