$20 million to use Google

Ian Lurie

I typically keep this blog politics-free, and I’m not aiming this at any one party. I’m sure both sides of the aisle are equally clueless. But this story is too much:

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Pentagon Moves Toward Monitoring Media

The contract offers $20 million and ‘calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media’.


For $500,000 I’ll teach them to use Google. And maybe even teach them to use a blog for the ‘Arabic version of the multinational force’s web site’.

I can save the federal government $19,500,000 in one fell swoop. Long live internet marketing…

Ian Lurie
CEO & Founder

Ian Lurie is CEO and founder of Portent and the EVP of Marketing Services at Clearlink. He's been a digital marketer since the days of AOL and Compuserve (25 years, if you're counting). He's recorded training for Lynda.com, writes regularly for the Portent Blog and has been published on AllThingsD, Smashing Magazine, and TechCrunch. Ian speaks at conferences around the world, including SearchLove, MozCon, Seattle Interactive Conference and ad:Tech. He has published several books about business and marketing: One Trick Ponies Get Shot, available on Kindle, The Web Marketing All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies, and Conversation Marketing. Follow him on Twitter at portentint, and on LinkedIn at LinkedIn.com/in/ianlurie.

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  1. “The program comes during what has appeared to be a White House effort, before the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, to take the offensive against critics at a time of doubt about the future of Iraq.”
    I wonder if these are the critics they’re talking about?
    They could do it for free…
    All they have to do is look at their retired empoyees.
    Hi Ian!

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