Thursday, 1 December 2005

US military planting stories in Iraqi papers |

remember this?
How to Identify Misinformation

How can a journalist or a news consumer tell if a story is true or false? There are no exact rules, but the following clues can help indicate if a story or allegation is true.

* Does the story fit the pattern of a major media outlet or government agency?
* Does the story fit the pattern of an “urban legend propogated by viral marketers?”
* Does the story contain an obviously bias revelation about a highly controversial issue?
* Is the source trustworthy?
* What does further research tell you about how power manipulates information?

Does the story fit the pattern of a major media outlet or government agency?

now look at this:As part of its efforts to counter what it calls "misinformation" in the Iraq media, the US military has been secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories. The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the stories were written by "US information troops," then translated into Arabic, and then "placed" in Baghdad newspapers with the help of a defense contractor. The stories are often presented as unbiased news stories written by independent journalists....

MSNBC reports that two other government agencies have been investigated in the past year for similar activities, leading the Government Accountability Office, the investigative arm of the US Congress to condemn one of them, the Education Department, for engaging in illegal covert propaganda.

well, american samizdat reported that too, a while ago. Now they're reporting on the Real ID. What is Real ID 2008?

honestly, where's the fucking brakes on this country? We're hurtling toward the abyss people te cu!K UpFte cu!K UpFte cu!K UpFWakhe te cu!K UpFte cu!,.....................................

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