Friday, February 18, 2005

A New Ploy In Media Manipulation

So what do you do when you've been caught foisting propaganda off as news by hiring actors to read a script, paying pundits to pimp your programs, and using a prostitute cum reporter to help you manipulate the media? Do you call it a day and take a breather?

Hell no!! That would show a lack of fortitude, or a brush with sanity - I'm not quite sure which in this new reality. What you do is take the official blowhard of the administration on a whirlwind tour of ---- wait for it ---- Afghanistan.
Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is expected to visit Afghanistan with the top U.S. aid official to spotlight America's aid work there, officials said on Thursday.

Political commentator Mary Matalin, a former White House aide to Vice President Dick Cheney, will also be on the trip. She said she was not being paid to go and would pay her own way to Dubai but she believed the U.S. government would cover the cost of her visit to Afghanistan from there.

Note to Mary...don't count on getting reimbursed for anything.

"It's trying to get people to pay attention to all the good things we are doing in Afghanistan," a U.S. official who asked not to be named said of the trip, which is expected to take place next week. "This is just a different kind of outreach."

Outreach? Is that what it's called now.