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Pentagon Pauses Propaganda Program

Since the build-up to Iraq, retired US military generals, presented as independent mediate analysts, were in fact part of an extensive Pentagon program called "Message Force Multipliers."

The New York Times reported last week that the experienced personnel, appearing to want nothing more than to help Americans assess a post-9/11 world, were actually part of a carefully organized Pentagon information apparatus used to disseminate a message favorable to the Bush Administration.

The effort began with the build-up to Iraq, and television stations continued to use these retirees, who also had extensive and current military contracts, until yesterday when the Pentagon suspended the program.

The Pentagon's spokesman said that the media-infiltration operation was being reevaluated due to criticism that the retired officers offered Pentagon talking points as their own.

Who do you think is more to blame for this dishonest representation —the Bush Administration, or the willing television networks ready to use war for ratings? Do you think they collectively and gravely deceived the American public, or should it have been obvious to viewers that the "analysts" were puppets of the Pentagon? Is this fraud? Treason? Or politics as usual?

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ghostgrrl ghostgrrl 8 years
The media is supposed to be the 4th estate. They are supposed to objectively report about the activities of the government so that citizens can make informed decisions when they vote.I think the action of the Pentagon is worse than "liberal bias" in the media because the Pentagon was using our own tax dollars to pay these people. When the government takes money out of my paycheck, I don't want to see it spent on anything that is designed to mislead me, or give me anything other than straight, objective information about the activities of the government.If some people want to support the war, that's fine... but I don't want to pay somebody to make your argument for you. I am also very offended that these people were on the public payroll but that that information was kept secret. If these folks are working for the Pentagon, I want to KNOW they're working for the Pentagon. I don't pay my government to trick me.
ghostgrrl ghostgrrl 8 years
The media is supposed to be the 4th estate. They are supposed to objectively report about the activities of the government so that citizens can make informed decisions when they vote. I think the action of the Pentagon is worse than "liberal bias" in the media because the Pentagon was using our own tax dollars to pay these people. When the government takes money out of my paycheck, I don't want to see it spent on anything that is designed to mislead me, or give me anything other than straight, objective information about the activities of the government. If some people want to support the war, that's fine... but I don't want to pay somebody to make your argument for you. I am also very offended that these people were on the public payroll but that that information was kept secret. If these folks are working for the Pentagon, I want to KNOW they're working for the Pentagon. I don't pay my government to trick me.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
"If not, how should Americans get crucial information? ... blogs? " Shameless plug!! ;)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
"If not, how should Americans get crucial information? ... blogs? "Shameless plug!! ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
*positive news on the war, I meant.
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"war ='d more $$ for cable news"Definitely. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that positive news is reported less, as some other people here have pointed out :)People do have to be more critical, I agree."If not, how should Americans get crucial information?"That's the challenge of the 21st century for some of us :D
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"war ='d more $$ for cable news" Definitely. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that positive news is reported less, as some other people here have pointed out :) People do have to be more critical, I agree. "If not, how should Americans get crucial information?" That's the challenge of the 21st century for some of us :D
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Are you guys so sure the television networks were simply naive? In fact Fox News was <a href="http://www.freepress.net/node/39000">still using</a> the "analysts" after they were exposed in the NY Times. I think it's dangerous when media outlets tie their interests so close to the government's. Do you not think that war ='d more $$ for cable news? Has anyone seen this story saturating the news since it broke? I wonder why . . . Can we expect the media to act on the average citizen's interest, instead of corporate interests? Television is a business. If not, how should Americans get crucial information? ... blogs? ;-)Perhaps one solution is for American viewers to be a little more critical of what they hear on TV.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
Are you guys so sure the television networks were simply naive? In fact Fox News was still using the "analysts" after they were exposed in the NY Times. I think it's dangerous when media outlets tie their interests so close to the government's. Do you not think that war ='d more $$ for cable news? Has anyone seen this story saturating the news since it broke? I wonder why . . . Can we expect the media to act on the average citizen's interest, instead of corporate interests? Television is a business. If not, how should Americans get crucial information? ... blogs? ;-) Perhaps one solution is for American viewers to be a little more critical of what they hear on TV.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
I am sitting here laughing myself silly. LOLOLOLOL. The MEDIA didn't do their homework and find out who their "expert commentators" really were. Hey, the Media doesn't do much homework anyway. They go with the easiest way. You know, the DAN RATHER way. Blame the Media for being so gullible and for not checking out who they were using as commentators. LOLOL.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
I am sitting here laughing myself silly. LOLOLOLOL.The MEDIA didn't do their homework and find out who their "expert commentators" really were.Hey, the Media doesn't do much homework anyway. They go with the easiest way. You know, the DAN RATHER way.Blame the Media for being so gullible and for not checking out who they were using as commentators. LOLOL.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I always read it as that too!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I always read it as that too!
syako syako 8 years
I read it as "Main Street Media" :rotfl:
syako syako 8 years
I read it as "Main Street Media" :rotfl:
em1282 em1282 8 years
Re: global warming not being an imminent danger...personally I'm kinda sick of the whole "let's not do anything until it's 10000% proven that it's going to be a problem". I don't really think it takes a lot to be environmentally conscious, and a few things to change harmful habits now will not hurt us at all. Back on topic (sorta)--I just kind of like the term "message force multipliers". I think I've just found myself a cool band name. Also, to whomever has to sit around and come up with some BS terms? I salute you.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Re: global warming not being an imminent danger...personally I'm kinda sick of the whole "let's not do anything until it's 10000% proven that it's going to be a problem". I don't really think it takes a lot to be environmentally conscious, and a few things to change harmful habits now will not hurt us at all. Back on topic (sorta)--I just kind of like the term "message force multipliers". I think I've just found myself a cool band name. Also, to whomever has to sit around and come up with some BS terms? I salute you.
LibertySugar LibertySugar 8 years
No worries! Main Stream Media's identity crisis drives me crazy on a regular basis!
syako syako 8 years
(I hope citizen and lib didn't take offense to that comment, I was referring to daily newspapers and cable news wanting to have blogs and everything that could fall under the new media category) I love you guys :hug:
syako syako 8 years
(I hope citizen and lib didn't take offense to that comment, I was referring to daily newspapers and cable news wanting to have blogs and everything that could fall under the new media category)I love you guys :hug:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"screw facts, we want FLASH!" That's infotainment for ya ;)
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"screw facts, we want FLASH!"That's infotainment for ya ;)
syako syako 8 years
I think they laid off that department and added "bloggers" and "new media professional" screw facts, we want FLASH!
syako syako 8 years
I think they laid off that department and added "bloggers" and "new media professional" screw facts, we want FLASH!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Does anyone fact check anymore??
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