Die "Falsies" 2004 für Informationsumweltverschmutzer

--- Das Center for Media and Democracy hat den Falsies-Award ins Leben gerufen. Damit sollen die größten Verschmutzer der Informationsumwelt bedacht werden: To remember the people and players responsible for polluting our information environment, we are issuing a new year-end prize that we call the "Falsies Awards." The top ten finalists will each receive a million bucks worth of free coupons, a lifetime supply of non-fattening ice cream, an expenses-paid vacation in Fallujah, and our promise to respect them in the morning. Zu den Gewinnern gehören u.a. eine als Reporterin getarnte PR-Tante, Achmed Tschalabi und sein Iraqi National Congress, Bush-Ghostwriter im Wahlkampf sowie Wal-Mart. Ehrenvoll als Spin-Durchschauer werden u.a. bedacht: Tami Silicio and the Seattle Times brought the first images of U.S. military casualties to the American mass media in April 2004. Silicio, a Kuwait-based cargo worker whose photograph of flag-draped coffins of fallen U.S. soldiers was published in the Times, was fired along with her husband. Her employer, a private contractor, said it decided to fire her after receiving a complaint from the military about her violation of the Pentagon's ban on images of soldiers' caskets.