This Administration has the best PR and spin machine I have ever seen, truly,
but even it runs into the occasional glitch:
A Gannett News Service search found identical letters from different soldiers
with the 2nd Battalion of the 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, also
known as "The Rock," in 11 newspapers.
The five-paragraph form letter talks about the soldiers’ efforts to re-establish
police and fire departments and build water and sewer plants in the northern
Iraqi city of Kirkuk.
It describes people waving at passing troops and children running up to shake
their hands and say thank you.
It’s not clear who wrote the letter or organized sending it.
Six soldiers reached by GNS directly or through their families said they agreed
with the letter’s thrust. But none of the soldiers said he wrote it, and one
said he didn’t even sign it. A seventh soldier didn’t know about the letter
until his father congratulated him for getting it published in the newspaper
in Beckley, W.Va.
"When I told him he wrote such a good letter, he said, ‘What letter?’ " Timothy
Deaconson said Friday, recalling the phone conversation he had with
his son, Nick.
Sgt. Todd Oliver, a spokesman for the 173rd Airborne Brigade, which counts
the 503rd as one of its units, said he was told a soldier wrote the
letter, but he didn’t know who.[Gannett
News Service, Oct. 12, 2003 12:00 AM]
And nobody knows who wrote it. Who’d have thought? Think it might tie in to
another story in the Washington Post?
Bush Courts Regional Media
President Aims to Bypass Large News Outlets’ ‘Filter’ on Iraq
The Bush administration, displeased with the news coverage of the war in Iraq,
has accelerated efforts to bypass the national media by telling the administration’s
story directly to the American public.
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