The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The government gears up to “get the truth out” about Afghanistan... and look who they hire!

Nov 5, 2001

At the end of October, U.S. and British officials established “Coalition Information Centers” in Washington, D.C., London, England and Islamabad, Pakistan. They say they want to explain what “really happened” every time the news media reports that U.S. bombs hit houses, hospitals and recently even Red Cross facilities in the city of Kabul. Bush assigned Charlotte Beers to head up this get-out-the-truth effort.

Who is Beers? Before her recent appointment as Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, she was a leading Madison Avenue advertising executive. Her trade was to convince us to buy products – many worthless, defective or even dangerous ones – with truths, half-truths or sometimes outright lies. It didn’t matter so long a we bought the products.

By appointing this Madison Avenue slick-talker, Bush is giving us a pretty good idea of what he means by “getting the truth out” about the war.