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Demit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:51 AM
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Allawi group slips cash to reporters
Slate drily calls this "an apparent nod to U.S.-style democracy".

According to the Financial Times:

"The electoral group headed by Iyad Allawi, the interim Iraqi prime minister, on Monday handed out cash to journalists to ensure coverage of its press conferences in a throwback to Ba'athist-era patronage ahead of parliamentary elections on January 30.

After a meeting held by Mr Allawi's campaign alliance in west Baghdad, reporters, most of whom were from the Arabic-language press, were invited upstairs where each was offered a "gift" of a $100 bill contained in an envelope.

Many of the journalists accepted the cash - about equivalent to half the starting monthly salary for a reporter at an Iraqi newspaper - and one jokingly recalled how Saddam Hussein's regime had also lavished perks on favoured reporters.

Giving gifts to journalists is common in many of the Middle East's authoritarian regimes, although reporters at the conference said the practice was not yet widespread in postwar Iraq."

more at http://news.ft.com/cms/s/a3828a0c-6346-11d9-bec2-00000e...
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 04:54 AM
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1. Allawi, being a good CIA-sponsored former terrorist and bushbot installed
by bush is only doing what BUSH HIMSELF does!

Pay journalists for covert propaganda. It's the NEW AMERICAN WAY!
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Seldona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:09 AM
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2. Slate drily calls this "an apparent nod to U.S.-style democracy".
Sad.

They don't even try to really hide it anymore. When will American wake up and begin holding these CIVIL SERVANTS accountable?

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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:37 AM
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10. but true.
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arwalden Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:39 PM
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15. Salon Scores A Direct Hit
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0007 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:21 AM
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3. Good '0 capitalism at work in Iraq coached by the US.
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Cooley Hurd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:34 AM
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4. Is Allawi actually delusional enough to believe the Iraqi people...
...aren't on to his shit? If he (or anyone handpicked by the US) wins this election, all hell is going to break loose.
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saigon68 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 05:49 AM
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5. All HELL has already broken Loose
It will get WORSE.
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Massachusetts Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 06:36 AM
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6. Understated
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 07:51 AM
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7. Telling remark--
one jokingly recalled how Saddam Hussein's regime had also lavished perks on favoured reporters.

New boss, same as the old boss.

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Supersedeas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:27 AM
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8. I recall a guy named Armstrong and the current US Admin
There is more than one way to 'embedd' a so-called reporter.
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Cocoa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:41 PM
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16. another telling remark
Giving gifts to journalists is common in many of the Middle East's authoritarian regimes,

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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 03:22 PM
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18. You are so right.
Emphasis on authoritarian regime, I believe?
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spanone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:30 AM
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9. Was Armstrong there? Hey, if there's money to be made...
They are learning from the best!!! Or the sleaziest, depending on your lean.
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Candide Donating Member (63 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:01 AM
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13. monkey see, monkey do.....
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insane_cratic_gal Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:42 AM
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11. It's in the bag
Aren't we lending them our system of democracy? LOL Allawi is a shoe in.

In other words, it's already fixed for ya Mr. Allawi, just let Us put their idea of democracy in place for ya and your elected just as Bush was
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DemoTex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 10:49 AM
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12. Press corps or whore corps?
Ho's-R-Us, Baghdad chapter.
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Name removed Donating Member (0 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:03 AM
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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 01:51 PM
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17. "...offered a "gift" of a $100 bill contained in an envelope"
Was this for one or both ears? I could see some bargaining here: "Say, Allawi, I'll listen to ya! For $75 I use one ear, but for $115 I'll give you both ears! Wotta deal!"

Incidentally, as of 2005.01.11 19:49:38 GMT:
100.00 USD United States Dollars = 146,255.00 IQD Iraq Dinars
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daleo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:00 PM
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19. Bush-Allawi and bribing the press. Like father, like son. n/t
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Mayberry Machiavelli Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jan-11-05 11:30 PM
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20. Officer, I'd like to take care of this, right here, in Brainerd...
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SideshowScott Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 06:45 AM
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21. World to USA " I hear your reporters are Whores! "
( and no offense to any hard working reporter fighting the good fight in a hard time to be one..I more than give you a standing ovation and support )
With the Armstrong scandal and most of cable news fighting each other to see who can kiss more Bush and GOP ass its not shocking to me that the world sees the American Journalists as nothing but whores just waiting for some money to turn a blind eye and write a glowing report for the customer. I hope that they can see how one of our rights that we are most pridefull of has become tarnished in the eyes of the world.
How sad really..
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-12-05 07:23 PM
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22. Ten to one the money passed through US hands. eom
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