DeLay Launches New Iraq Web Site

Posted October 17, 2003 at 4:07pm

Continuing the House GOP effort to spread positive stories about Iraq, Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) will unveil a new Web site designed to be a clearinghouse for information about the situation on the ground.

Starting today, the site will be live at www.freedom.gov. That address was used by DeLay’s predecessor as Majority Leader, ex-Rep. Dick Armey (R-Texas), as a vehicle for hawking his flat-tax plan.

DeLay’s office has retooled the site and stocked it full of photos, press releases, links to military sites and streaming video from Baghdad.

“The idea is to have one-stop shopping for people interested in an unfiltered look at what is happening in Iraq, for the general public and for the media,” said DeLay spokesman Stuart Roy.

Since major combat operations in Iraq ended, many Republicans have argued that the media has presented a distorted view of the reconstruction effort, focusing only on negative stories rather than positive developments.

In an effort to counter that, the House Republican leadership has encouraged as many lawmakers as possible to take part in Congressional delegations to Iraq and report back on all of the progress being made there.

The House Republican Conference has hosted multiple press briefings with Members who recently returned from the Middle East, and DeLay’s site features photos of many of those trips as well as testimonials and travel diaries from Members. The site will be continually updated as more lawmakers take trips.

The site also features links to a handful of published news stories about the situation, including one from Insight Magazine titled “How Media Deceive You About Iraq.”