Monday, December 05, 2005

White House on media placements

Robert Buckman reports a White House take on the scandal of U.S. military paying for play in the Iraqi media. Buckman:
I watched Stephen Hadley, Bush's new security adviser, interviewed yesterday by George Stephanopoulos on ABC. He said Bush was "very troubled" about reports that the Pentagon was paying to plant news in Iraqi media (he really didn't know about it?) but evaded Stepanopoulos' repeated question if Bush was going to stop it. [Here's the AP report.]
Jay Jeno's comment: Bush's response was, "Why haven't we been paying newspapers to do that here?"

Buckman is cochairman of the International Journalism Committee in the Society of Professional Journalists, and a member of the Society's Ethics Committee.

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