US Military plants propaganda in Iraq - FOX News Contributor Bill Cowan advisor
Reported by Chrish - November 30, 2005
The LA Times reported today that
"As part of an information offensive in Iraq, the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to publish stories written by American troops in an effort to burnish the image of 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."
Shepard Smith briefly reported about this article on this evening's Fox Report, just several sentences. What was absent was this, from the article:
The operation is designed to mask any connection with the U.S. military. The Pentagon has a contract with a small Washington-based firm called Lincoln Group, which helps translate and place the stories. The Lincoln Group's Iraqi staff, or its subcontractors, sometimes pose as freelance reporters or advertising executives when they deliver the stories to Baghdad media outlets.
If you check out www.lincolngroup.com you'll find that one of their advisors is Bill Cowan, FOX News Contributor. Cowan is often cited on FOX as a military expert and analyst, but we were never told that one of his specialties is psy-ops propaganda. Regular viewers and readers will recall him as hawkish (he is, after all, military first) and supportive of both the war in Iraq and the administration. One could speculate that he is engaged by Fox for the same purpose in the US as he advises about in Iraq. Fox has been at the forefront of selling first the invasion and then "Happy Iraq" in the US media for over three years now.