A lot of people write me expressing frustration and disgust with some blog commentary they've been reading about Iran, specifically commentary from the "Tea Party" variety that essentially boils down to racist Islamophobic rants, etc.
I just wanted to remind everyone that most of those blog comments are probably the work of government or government-funded public relations agencies and are not "genuine". Lets remember Operation Earnest Voice:
The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.
The Israelis of course have the same or better form of online propaganda operations and have a long history of recruiting people to promote their agenda. For example:
The National Union of Israeli Students (NUIS) has become a full-time partner in the Israeli government’s efforts to spread its propaganda online and on college campuses around the world.
NUIS has launched a program to pay Israeli university students $2,000 to spread pro-Israel propaganda online for 5 hours per week from the “comfort of home.”
These are just some examples which have been exposed. There are plenty more. God only knows what else is going on behind the scenes, but certainly bribing or otherwise influencing journalists to sell wars has a long, long, long history, and the rest don't need to be bribed because they inherently identify with power and are promoted by toeing the line of the status quo. This is standard stuff, and the subject of much academic study.
And, we all of course remember the Democracy Council's "Taash Network" plans, for creating a fake front in Europe to promote US propaganda under the guise of the "Green Movement", that were exposed on this very blog, right?