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More Payola…

coins.0.jpgShorter WaPo: The US Government is willing to pay just about anyone — Iraqi news stations, right-thinking bloggers, whatever — to get out the message that they want you to hear. Your tax dollars at work, in a mass-e-mail campaign or newscast or blogwhore near you.

You know, I understand the need to combat propaganda from the other side. Truly, I do. And I understand the frustration at the good things being done in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, being overshadowed by news reports of bombings, hostage-taking and other not-so-good-for-you news.

But the way to combat that is to be better at getting your message out by preparing better briefing materials, by making the countryside safer for actual journalists to be able to travel it to report stories without having to travel in an up-armored, massive convoy. Not to pay people to report what will then be presumed to be fake news, no matter what kernel of truth it may contain.

Memo to Don Rumsfeld and his spokespeople: just because you suck at your PR job, doesn’t mean you get to blame everyone else for your failure.

Of course, maybe it’s some sort of new DoD reality show — Pajama’s Media: Iraq.

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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