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Pentagon Analysts

GAO: Pentagon Didn't Break Propaganda Rule

AP | RICHARD LARDNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon did not violate a federal prohibition on propaganda by using retired military officers to tout the Bush administration...

Pentagon Boosts Spending On PR Efforts, Raises Propaganda Concerns

AP | CHRIS TOMLINSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — As it fights two wars, the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human ter...

Jason Linkins

NBC Defends Its Embrace Of Military Flack In Email

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

I just get lost in wonderment when I peruse the email obtained by Salon's Glenn Greenwald from NBC News' Allison Gollust to David Barstow over his recent front page piece detailing how Pentagon/private-sector flack Barry McCaffrey appeared on NBC News forever and ever without news consumers ever once receiving details on his many entanglements and conflicts of interest.

Jason Linkins

Rumsfeld On 2006 Election: "The Correction For That...Is An Attack"

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An ongoing exploration of the documents related to the Pentagon's "message force multipliers" program has unearthed a clip of former Defense Secretary...

Jason Linkins

'Message Force Multiplier' Scandal: Networks Assailed For 'Deafening Silence'

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Michael Calderone and Avi Zenilman run down the ongoing effort to get network and cable news outlets to come clean on their use of "message force mult...

Why Big Media is Mum about Its Propaganda Habit

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Timothy Karr

The Bush administration's propaganda wouldn't have spread far if it weren't for its cozy relationship with media outlets like Fox, ABC, NBC, CBS and CNN.

Shameful Days: Why Won't The Media Pursue the Pentagon Propaganda Scandal?

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The near-complete blackout on the Pentagon propaganda story, self-imposed by the culpable news organizations, is a despicable abdication of their role as a constitutionally protected check on our government. Read More Probing a Political Paradox: Why the Discredited Right Still Sets the Agenda and Dominates the Debate How is it that the 28 percent of the population that continues to support George W. Bush no matter how many bodies pile up in Iraq, how many jobs disappear overseas, or how high gas prices get, continues to dominate our politics? Read More Watch Arianna On: Good Morning America, 20/20, Charlie Rose, Real Time, The Situation Room, AC 360, CNN's Election Center, and MobLogic TV

Military Propaganda Pushed Me Off TV

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

The major TV networks were not hoodwinked by a Pentagon propaganda scheme. No government agency forced MSNBC to repeatedly feature the hawkish generals unopposed.

Jason Linkins

Times Let 'Pentagon Pipeline' Story Die On Its Front Page

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The aftermath of the story, for the Times, has been one of scant follow-up, lost scoops, and poor comparison when set alongside similar journalistic efforts.

Pentagon Suspends Military Media Analysts Program

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

AFP reports: The Pentagon has suspended a public affairs program that has come under fire for using retired military "media analysts" as surrogates t...

Since No One's Making Any Noise About the Pentagon Sock Puppets...

Max and the Marginalized | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Max and the Marginalized

The networks in question have all but refused to make any noise about this, so we did.

The Latest Proof that the Karl Rove Playbook Has Become the MSM's Bible

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Arianna Huffington

The mainstream media seems intent on confirming that it has so internalized the Right's framing and messages they have now become part of its DNA. The first of the latest round of exhibits proving this was offered into evidence during last week's ABC debate. This was followed by the New York Times' epic revelation of the unseemly complicity between the Pentagon and the media in delivering the Bush administration's talking points on Iraq via "a kind of Trojan media horse" -- Pentagon-approved, prepped, and financially-enriched "military analysts" dutifully parroting the Bush party line, with nary a raised eyebrow from the TV stations and newspapers offering these highly-decorated sock puppets their prestigious platforms. And it's not just the media. Witness Hillary Clinton repeating the Rove-promoted lie that MoveOn was against intervention in Afghanistan after 9/11.

The Pentagon's Spin Machine

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

As far as too many networks are concerned, retired senior officials with no experience in the current conflicts are more credible than the troops who actually fought in the wars.