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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Maybe she should try blogging

Basing itself on an article in the San Francisco Examiner, Editor & Publisher reports that in the aftermath of last summer's war in Lebanon, US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice could not get an op-ed published.
A few months ago, she decided to write an opinion piece about Lebanon. She enlisted John Chambers, chief executive officer of Cisco Systems as a co-author, and they wrote about public/private partnerships and how they might be of use in rebuilding Lebanon after last summer's war. No one would publish it.

Think about that. Every one of the major newspapers approached refused to publish an essay by the secretary of state. Price Floyd, who was the State Department's director of media affairs until recently, recalls that it was sent to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and perhaps other papers before the department finally tried a foreign publication, the Financial Times of London, which also turned it down.

As a last-ditch strategy, the State Department briefly considered translating the article into Arabic and trying a Lebanese paper. But finally they just gave up. "I kept hearing the same thing: 'There's no news in this.' " Floyd said. The piece, he said, was littered with glowing references to President Bush's wise leadership. "It read like a campaign document."
Maybe she should get a blog like the rest of us.


At 12:03 AM, Blogger Soccer Dad said...

Or join Hamas.


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