Ah, Propaganda

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.

Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand – New York Times

Of course, the word “propaganda” is first used on page 4 of the article, long after most people stopped reading. Not that I am surprised or shocked or anything, it was clear that all those military suits on the screen were spouting propaganda from the very beginning. They said the same things, used the same words, it was always well timed and planned, but apparently, no one in the media bothered to ask them about it. The media must have thought “very patriotic folks them, they wear a lot of lapel pins!”

I fail to see how this meticulously detailed story will have any impact on anything that happens in the States. What would John McCain’s reaction be to this news? Will anyone actually ask him if he would have done the same thing? Will there be any protests, calls for resignations, impeachments, court martials, media boycotts? Maybe a shocked letter to the editor or two, maybe a million blog posts like this one, nothing more.

God Bless America, it has lived up to all my expectations finally!! Pravda, Xinhua and Goebbels have nothing on these guys. It looks like all the president’s people and all the mass media colluded to sell this war to the American people and make each other very rich. Wonderful! Note that a small part of every dollar spent on cable and newspapers goes to support this war effort. Note that a small part of everyone’s taxes go to support this war effort.

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1 comment for “Ah, Propaganda

  1. April 20, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Hey! You are so right on. I share the bitter frustration with our current war, and the administration´s transparent lies and greed that caused it. That frustration extends to pretty much the bulk of U.S. foreign policy I´ve learned about. The worst of it is not knowing where to start in protesting or putting up a fight. Like Stephen Colbert said about our generation, ¨You don´t protest about it, you blog about it.¨ Heh…

    If anyone´s got any ideas of what to do, let me know! We´ve got voting! Woo hoo!

    Thanks for keeping in touch! You´re in my thoughts!