Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
NY Times
23-Apr-2008 (3 comments)

PENTAGON CAMPAIGN Retired officers have been used to shape terrorism coverage from inside the TV and radio networks.

Hidden behind that appearance of objectivity, 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.


Media Military "Analysts": Pentagon Propaganda

by IRANdokht on

The New York Times has revealed that over 75 retired US military officers who have been frequent media commentators are being used as "message force multipliers" by the Pentagon to disseminate Administration talking points on the war in Iraq and the "war on terror" in an propaganda effort to manipulate US public opinion.

Many have serious conflicts of interest, since they work on behalf of defense companies seeking contracts from the Pentagon running into the billions of dollars. Yet, US television networks have portrayed them as independent commentators and failed even to reveal these conflicts of interest.

While the article focuses on TV stations, newspapers including the New York Times have also cited or published op-eds from these retired officers. The New York Times sets a standard for much of the media.



Are you surprised?

by Abarmard on

take a look at the history of the US only in the past 100 years. This is a country that has been 'blessed'! by wars.

It's unfortunate, that's why I just decided to leave work early and go have a beer in a nice sunny day. Sometimes ignorance is a bliss


It's all about bsuiness in the US - disgusting

by Mehdi on

The amount of unethical behavior in business in the US is reaching a disgusting level. Marketing and lobbying is allowed to sell anything to people, including wars! Incredible!