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The propaganda we pass off as news around the world
Similar Fake News, Iraq Occupations
In 2002, the British government “launched a little-known television propaganda service that seems to mimic the U.S. government’s deceptive approach to fake news,” writes David Miller. British Satellite News (BSN) is produced by the company World Television, which “also makes corporate videos and fake news clips for corporations such as GlaxoSmithKline, BP and Nestle.” BSN reports are sent to more than 400 stations worldwide and used regularly by 185 stations, including those in Russia, Malaysia, Indonesia and “14 of the 17 Middle East countries.” Miller notes a “suggested intro” to one BNS piece that reads, “This year is not the first time an outside power has sought to construct a modern, democratic, liberal state in Iraq. Britain tried to do the same in the 1920s.” Miller writes, “In reality the 1920 occupation led immediately to a popular revolt that was ruthlessly suppressed. A puppet monarchy was imposed, which was neither ‘modern’ nor ‘democratic.’”
Rice Asks for $75 Million to Increase Pressure on Iran
“Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice asked Congress yesterday to provide $75 million in emergency funding to step up pressure on the Iranian government.” If granted, the request would increase to $85 million the 2006 budget “to promote political change inside Iran,” up from $3.5 million last year. $50 million would be used to “significantly increase Farsi broadcasts into Iran, mainly satellite television broadcasting by the federal government and broadcasts of the U.S.-funded Radio Farda.” Another $5 million “will be aimed at reaching the Iranian public through the Internet and building independent Farsi television and radio stations.” $15 million “would go to Iranian labor groups, human rights activists and other groups, generally via … groups such as the National Endowment for Democracy.”
Quick Rise for Purveyors of Propaganda in Iraq
The Lincoln Group, which planted Pentagon-written stories in Iraqi newspapers, won U.S. military contracts “after claiming to have partnerships with major media and advertising companies, former government officials with extensive Middle East experience, and ex-military officers with background in intelligence and psychological warfare,” reports The New York Times. “But some of those companies and individuals say their associations were fleeting. ... ‘They appear very professional on the surface, then you dig a little deeper and you find that they are pretty amateurish,’” said former Marine officer and former Lincoln “strategic adviser” Jason Santamaria. Lincoln had short-lived partnerships with The Rendon Group and the New York ad firm Della Femina Rothschild Jeary and Partners. Lincoln also told U.S. Special Operations Command that it worked with the ad conglomerate Omnicom Group, but an Omnicom spokesperson said, “We’re not aware of any relationship with Lincoln Group.” Lincoln continues to bid for U.S. government contracts.