Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Pentagon Propaganda: who cares?

It seems that few care about the 1984 style manipulation of information by the Pentagon. The Huffington Post has been on the job though. It even gave them a chance to criticise the New York Times for going soft on their own exposé. In Pentagon Suspends Military Media Analysts Program Jason Linkins argues that

...the Times has done little to advance its blockbuster story since it was first reported.
Their other bloggers, Robert F Kennedy jr and Brendan Demelle use far more colourful rhetoric:
In a sophisticated propaganda effort that would make Joseph Goebbels and Edward Bernays green with envy, the Pentagon had turned some fifty former officers, posing as independent experts, into hand puppets mouthing pro-war talking points on Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report
Media Matters preferred to contrast the Pentagon sideshow with the real Planet Hollywood news:
Since The New York Times reported on the hidden ties between media military analysts and the Pentagon on April 20, ABC, CBS, and NBC have still not mentioned the report. By contrast, during their April 28 evening news broadcasts, all three networks reported on the Vanity Fair photo of Miley Cyrus.
Apparently, Miley is the star of Disney Channel's Hannah Montana. You learn something important everyday.

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