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Friday, September 01, 2006
  Yeah, Let's Hire A PR Team for $20 Million My first question is this: Are my tax dollars paying for it? (yes, probably) and two, Does anyone in their right mind think this is going to make a difference?

U.S. military leaders in Baghdad have put out for bid a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for extensive monitoring of U.S. and Middle Eastern media in an effort to promote more positive coverage of news from Iraq.

The contract calls for assembling a database of selected news stories and assessing their tone as part of a program to provide "public relations products" that would improve coverage of the military command's performance, according to a statement of work attached to the proposal.

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The proposal calls for monitoring "Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international and U.S. national and regional markets media in both Arabic and English." That includes broadcast and cable television outlets, the Pentagon channel, two wire services and three major U.S. newspapers: The Washington Post, New York Times and Los Angeles Times.

Monitors are to select stories that deal with specific issues, such as security, reconstruction activities, "high profile" coalition force activities and events in which Iraqi security forces are "in the lead." The monitors are to analyze stories to determine the "dissemination of key themes and messages" along with whether the "tone" is positive, neutral or negative.

I'm going to take a Tylenol. 
Comments:
For $50k I'll say nice things about the war.
 
Isn't this whole thing just disgusting?? I need more than a Tylenol. Make mine w/ PM & wake me when it's '08.
 
I know!!! This makes me throw right up.
 
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