The UFW refutes allegations that it exploits the legacy of Cesar Chavez. Update No. 1: Read how it took three phone calls from a congressman and a former cabinet secretary before the L.A. Times would meet with the UFW. Update No. 2: Check out an executive summary of the UFW’s charges. Update No. 3: Marc Cooper on the UFW’s threat to sue him over a negative column he wrote. Update No. 4: The L.A. Times prints several corrections to the story.
“There is no U.S. footprint” is the proud boast of one of the Pentagon’s propaganda contractors, and it prompts the questions: Why not? What are they ashamed of? One thing is that most of us in this democracy did not know we were paying for this vast official propaganda operation until we read it in Jeff Gerth’s excellent investigative piece in The New York Times. A truly free press is our most valuable export, and its reputation should not be undermined by the Bushies’ addiction to government propaganda.