Washington, DC - Media Matters for America today applauds the inclusion of language in the 2009 Defense Authorization Bill responding to criticism of the clandestine relationship among media military analysts, the Pentagon, and the defense industries. The bill was sent on Monday to President Bush, who has not yet taken action.
The legislative language -- sponsored by Rep. Paul Hodes (NH-02) and supported by Reps. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) and Peter DeFazio (OR-04) and Sens. Frank Lautenberg (NJ), Robert Menendez (NJ), Hillary Clinton (NY), Byron Dorgan (ND), and John Kerry (MA) -- was prompted by an April report in The New York Times. A subsequent analysis by Media Matters documented more than 4,500 appearances of military analysts in the media, many of whom worked for or had clients with companies that have an interest in obtaining Pentagon contracts.