US Military Admits Paid Propaganda in Iraq
A statement issued on Friday stated that as "part of our operations, we have offered articles for publication to Iraqi newspapers, and in some cases, articles have been accepted and published as a function of buying advertising and opinion/editorial space, as is customary in Iraq."
The Associated Press reports that The Lincoln Group has at least two contracts with the military to provide media and public relations services.
One contract, for $6 million, is for public relations and advertising work in Iraq and involves planting favorable stories in the Iraqi media.
The other contract is worth $100 million and calls for media operations with video, print and Web-based products for the Special Operations Command.