Hogan's Alley

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Sullivan On The Paid Journalism Issue

Sully takes the same position on the paid journalism/propaganda issue raised by the Times. Here he is, right to the point:

So we're spinning the Iraqi press by planting propaganda in its pages? BFD. The only problem with this scheme, it seems to me, is not that somehow it's unethical to use propaganda in wartime, especially in occupied areas where local support is crucial. This is war, as some people still refuse to understand. The problem is that media is now global, the free citizens of Iraq can access information from almost anywhere on earth, and these stories will leak and backfire. We're adjusting to war in a new media universe. We haven't adjusted swiftly enough.