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21 April 2008

US News Media's Latest Disgrace, Robert Parry

On the off chance any of you missed this article on April 20th, a very good day to publish an article on military-industrial-media complex propaganda offensives.

Gotta love those PR firms, TV "news" networks, and the over-riding fact that this was painfully obvious to anyone outside of elite media long before the Bush regime standardized the system. The Times is shocked -- shocked! -- to find gambling going on in this establishment! However, it is nice to see it in black-and-white, especially since the Times, via Judith Miller and Michael Gordon, was playing the same game in the run-up to Iraq, and Gordon has been a loyal "troop" in the run-up to Iran. The subtextual message, in this article about a message machine, is that somehow the Times (1) doesn't do such things, and (2) is thus a superior news source to its competitors. I leave that to y'all to judge.

Update: Ah, I see Greg Mitchell of Editor & Publisher points out the equal guilt of the print media.
And -- for anyone who watches such things -- please let me know when Hillary, McCain, and especially Obama state clearly and unequivocally that they will cancel, roll back, and never again institute a propaganda campaign such as this one in any department of the executive branch, and that they will prosecute anyone caught doing such already illegal acts to the fullest extent of the law.

I won't be holding my breath.

See here for a petition to Congress to do something about this, like, you know, investigate and stuff; click the link above to read Parry's take on it, from which the following blurb is taken:
"After prying loose 8,000 pages of Pentagon documents, the New York Times has proven what should have been obvious years ago: the Bush administration manipulated public opinion on the Iraq War, in part, by funneling propaganda through former senior military officers who served as expert analysts on TV news shows."
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