NYT: Propaganda, Military Analysts and News Manipulation Exposed

Finally, an in depth examination of the concerted military propaganda campaign employed by the Pentagon on behalf of the Idiot in Chief and in collusion with out corp. media.

This one's gonna sting for a long, long time.

From the NY Times:

The Pentagon has groomed “military analysts” in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the Bush administration’s wartime performance.


To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as "military analysts" whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, though, is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used those analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance, an examination by The New York Times has found.

The effort, which began with the buildup to the Iraq war and continues to this day, has sought to exploit ideological and military allegiances, and also a powerful financial dynamic: Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

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SusanG's (Daily Kos) reaction and whose title I borrowed rather than using the Times' because, well, bloggers do it better:
And the next time traditional media wonders why its marketing share is going south and its reputation sucks, just point to this article. When objectivity and facts were most needed, our vaunted "neutral" media either actively colluded or looked the other way as they spoonfed propaganda to the public. They betrayed not just their profession, but this country, in the most despicable way imaginable.

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