The Washington PR firm that bravely paid off Iraqi journalists to publish make-believe “good news” is back on the job with an all-new $6 million (or $20 million) contract.
Lincoln Group had already collected more than $100 million from the Pentagon when it was caught bribing reporters to run fake articles about how well that whole U.S. occupation was going.
How will the DoD’s favorite propagandists spend the new millions? We’ll break it down, after the jump.
The contract calls for “a unit of 12-18 communicators to support military PR efforts in Iraq and throughout the Middle East from media training to pitching stories and providing content for government-backed news sites.” In other words, same exact thing Lincoln got caught doing last year.
Let’s see, 12-18 “communicators” at $6 million to $20 million for two years … that works out to …. GOOD-BYE WONKETTE, I’M GOIN’ TO BAGHDAD!
The L.A. Times broke the story in November, leading to the hilarious claim by Scott McClellan that it was the first the White House had heard of it. (Like anyone reads the L.A. Times!)
Then, Stephen “Yellow Cake” Hadley claimed Bush was “very troubled” by the propaganda work. There are a lot of flacks in D.C. who would love to make the White House so angry!
LINCOLN GROUP TAPPED FOR $6M IRAQ PR PACT [O'Dwyer PR News]
Planting Fake News In Iraq [Source Watch]
– KEN LAYNE