Posted: 26 Oct 2006"The U.S. military acted legally when it hired a contractor to pay Iraqi news organizations to run pro-American stories, the Pentagon's inspector general has found." Reuters, 19 October 2006. "The government shouldn't be in the business of covertly peddling propaganda -- especially in a war based on the notion of seeking to export democratic values such as, say, a free press." Editorial, Washington Post, 23 October 2006. Armstrong Williams will repay $34,000 related to his "covert propaganda" for the Department of Education. Washington Post, 23 October 2006. "Editorial writers at the Washington Post and elsewhere have raged against the Pentagon placing positive stories in Iraqi newspapers, thus violating the journalistic sacristy of objectivity. But they have no rage at all for CNN placing glorifying publicity from terrorists on a global television network." L. Brent Bozell III, Media Research Center, 25 October 2006. Congressmen say "CNN has now served as the publicist for an enemy propaganda film featuring the killing of an American soldier," and "This is nothing short of a terrorist snuff film." AP, 22 October 2006. CNN concludes the report met its "criteria for newsworthiness." The Guardian, 26 October 2006.
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