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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Liberation here, please

The Village Voices introduces some headlines for Iraqi newspapers after news broke that the Pentagon was planting news stories in the occupied country:

1. Longtime Residents Applaud US Marine-Led Urban Renewal Project in Falluja; "Thank Allah They Got Rid of A Bad Element and Worse Architecture," Says Woman on Street

2. 25-30% of Iraqi Workforce Enjoys Extended and Well-Earned "Post-Saddam Holiday"

3. Baghdad Among Top World Cities for Electricity Conservation

4. US Department of Education-sponsored Media Training Program "Honoured and Enlightened" by Visit From Distinguished American Journalists Armstrong Williams and Judith Miller

5. New Ministry of Interior Torturers Far Cry From Saddam Era; Only "Some Skin" Peeled Off Now, Say Victims

6. Dangerous Italian Driving Habits Prompt Stern Traffic Enforcement in Baghdad

7. All-American MPs Bring Cheerleading to Abu Ghraib; "They really love to do the pyramid," say Coaches Graner and England

8. Islamist Terrorist Defects, Renounces Allegiance to "Osama bin Loony"

9. Ahmed Chalabi: The Best Man Ever

10. Mission Accomplished

3 Comments:

Blogger Shabadoo said...

PR plain and simple - what's wrong with it? Would you rather hearts and minds won with words or guns?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 4:57:00 pm  
Blogger Shabadoo said...

Whoops, I had only skimmed the headers - I didn't realize they were taking the piss. But #6 just seemed too damn good.

Anyway, point stands: what's wrong with PR?

Tuesday, December 06, 2005 5:09:00 pm  
Blogger Stev said...

What's wrong with PR? Well, nothing in principle. But an aware and informed citizenry is essential for democracy to function. Without a free press, such a citizenry will never exist. Or perhaps we should forget about free press altogether and let the government tell us what they feel we need to know in order to 'win our hearts and minds'?

Wednesday, December 07, 2005 9:19:00 am  

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