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Iraq War / Propaganda / Basra #811104

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 01, 2005
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(Studio: Brian Williams) A decrease in the number of suicide bombings last month in Iraq while US casualties remained high noted; casualty figures cited.

(Washington: Andrea Mitchell) The government’s admission that it is paying newspapers in Iraq to plant articles with positive messages about the US mission there examined; scenes shown of Christian Bailey†† of the Lincoln Group, which has a contract with the Iraqi press, evading reporters; details given about Bailey’s further role in “tailored intelligence services.” [Lincoln Group spokesperson Laurie ADLER†- says it’s a classified contract.] [US Army Maj. Gen. Rick LYNCH†- says we don’t lie.] [“Al-Fajr” newspaper editor-in-chief Ali al-NASHMI†- comments on the CIA paying Iraqi journalists to write favorable stories.] [George Washington University director of journalism Mark FELDSTEIN†- says this is subverting the freedom of the press we’re pretending to promote.] Report that the Pentagon secretly owns an Iraqi newspaper and a radio station noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(Basra: Richard Engel) The darker side of Basra, which appears to be a model city in Iraq, examined; scenes shown of the bustling city, nearby oil fields, British troops on patrol; details given about the militias, including the Badr Brigade and a group loyal to cleric Muqtada al-Sadr††, who run the city backed by Shiite politicians. [1st Battalion, Highlanders Capt. Steve MONTEITH†- says you don’t know who’s on your side.] [TV reporter Amjed SAAD†† {thru reporter’s translation} – comments on the influence of Iran.]

Williams, Brian;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Engel, Richard

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