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Friday, December 27, 2002
  FEDS ENLISTING CREATIVES (Variety)

Back in Washington, the U.S. State Dept. is rushing to put its spin on world events, enlisting its own cadre of creative types.

Earlier this month, the State Dept.'s International Information Programs put out a pamphlet featuring essays written by 15 well-known authors, including Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford.

The "Writers on America" publication won't be seen at bookstores in this country, since federal law forbids the dissemination of government-sponsored information domestically. The law was enacted in the late 1940s to shield Americans from U.S. propaganda.
 
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