Egyptian Blogger Accuses WaPo of Slogging for the Regime
Monday’s Washington Post featured an article written by Jonathan Finer and Doug Struck titled Bloggers, Money Now Weapons in Information War – U.S. Recruits Advocates to the Front, Pays Iraqi TV Stations for Coverage, of which my embed in Iraq was the subject of scrutiny as a military information operation. There are three problems with this article which require a response: the use iof incorrect facts which could have been easily checked; the portrayal of my embed as an information operation; and equating U.S. military information operations with al-Qaeda propaganda efforts.
But, apparently the disinformation on Middle East reporting by the Washington Post is not an isolated episode with Iraq only.
Blogger “Freedom for Egyptians” has a problem with Egyptian riot police knocking women unconscious with teargas and rubber bullets who were waiting to vote and has a problem with the Washington Post having one of the regime’s supporters on it’s payroll.
In “Ending the Silent War in Egypt”, by Hala Mustafa, Freedom for Egyptians comes away disturbed and confused. FFE has problems with the author, Hala Mustafa, a self described democracy activist:
The Writer (Hala Mustafa) who claims to be a democracy supporter is a member of the regime’s National Democratic Party NDP that rigged the presidential and the parliamentary elections. The thugs of the NDP rapped women, attacked opposition groups in demonstrations and recently helped the ministry of the interior kill 12 Egyptian citizens in the last parliamentary elections. Where is her democracy writings? She likes to play the anti-freedom messenger on the US papers.
“Freedom for Egyptians” continues:
All I want to say that I felt disgusted after reading the article and I felt deeply disturbed that the Washington Post is promoting such figures on its website. I wonder whether the Post understands that it was manipulated or not?
It revolts me to see that the Washington Post promoting and giving space to the supporters of tyranny and dictatorship that the Bush Administration is trying to curb their evil. The paper is not helping to build confidence with the Egyptians or Middle Eastern readers but rather causing confusion. I beg the American press to stop hosting tyrannical regimes’ figures and aides!
From printing disinformation to printing a regime’s talking points… not a good week so far for the WaPo!
Glenn Reynolds has a roundup of reaction to the WaPo’s Mideast reporting.