Thanks to Boing Boing for helping get the word spread around on this gem of stupidity:
Here is the original USA Today story from April 20: Misinformation campaign targets USA TODAY reporter, editor
WASHINGTON – A USA TODAY reporter and editor investigating Pentagon propaganda contractors have themselves been subjected to a propaganda campaign of sorts, waged on the Internet through a series of bogus websites.
Fake Twitter and Facebook accounts have been created in their names, along with a Wikipedia entry and dozens of message board postings and blog comments. Websites were registered in their names.
The timeline of the activity tracks USA TODAY’s reporting on the military’s “information operations” program, which spent hundreds of millions of dollars on marketing campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan — campaigns that have been criticized even within the Pentagon as ineffective and poorly monitored.
As Rob Beschizza said at Boing Boing:
Ever wondered why U.S. propaganda efforts abroad are such a joke? Now you can stop wondering.