|May 29, 2008|
|Threat Looms from Military-Industrial-Media Complex|
|By Kevin McCauley|
|The numbskull quote of the day comes from the mouth of Georgia Congressman Paul Broun [pictured], a supporter of the Pentagon’s now-suspended program to “prep” former military men turned media analysts. |
The Republican, who represents the good people of Athens, Augusta, Evans and Watkinsville, is unfazed by the Pentagon practicing the art of propaganda. “It’s a vital part of the mission of the U.S. to promote democracy and protect our country from harm,” he told the New York Times.
Former Presidential candidate Duncan Hunter (R-Cal) is just as clueless as Broun. He believes military analysts are “great assets” to the country when they spew talking points of the Defense Dept.
Every American should rejoice that Hunter's Presidential quest didn't pan out.
It’s a sad day when Congressmen support the U.S. Government spreading propaganda here, an activity that is against the law. The Government Accountability Office is looking into the legal aspects of the Pentagon’s military analyst program.
There is some hope in Congress for those who value the right to obtain information that it not tainted by government spin.
Freshman Congressman Paul Hodes (D-N.H) did the Granite State proud when he sponsored last week’s measure to ban the Pentagon from lining up talking heads to push propaganda. He is upset that TV viewers were hoodwinked by getting “insights” from people they assumed were independent military analysis. Hodes is tired of Americans being “spun by Bush Administration ‘message multipliers.’” That is why he sponsored the Amendment that now goes to the Senate for a vote.
Fellow New Englander Rosa DeLauro is another champion of a dynamic and free press. She has been an ardent foe of the Pentagon’s domestic propaganda effort and a critic of the media that went along for the ride.
The Connecticut Democrat, in fact, updated Dwight Eisenhower’s warning about the dangers posed by a “military-industrial complex.”
Taking a swipe at Big Media, DeLauro warns of a “military-industrial-media complex.” That’s a threat we all must take seriously.
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