Do you remember the old saying, “Corruption finds a dozen alibis for it’s evil deeds” ? Well those words have never been more pertinent. The New York Times  in an indepth investigation is reporting the Pentagon has been recruiting and planting war pundits to curb descent and spread a favorable view of the administration’s war policy as well as events in Iraq. These war pundits were everyday fixtures in the nation’s news media, appearing on most major networks, cable, radio and print news media. But painting a pretty picture of the war in Iraq wasn’t the only goal of these paid war  propagandist, the Pentagon had another goal in mind, to link the war in Iraq to Iran. 

To the public, these men are members of a familiar fraternity, presented tens of thousands of times on television and radio as “military analysts” whose long service has equipped them to give authoritative and unfettered judgments about the most pressing issues of the post-Sept. 11 world.

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.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized.

Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.

Analysts have been wooed in hundreds of private briefings with senior military leaders, including officials with significant influence over contracting and budget matters, records show. They have been taken on tours of Iraq and given access to classified intelligence. They have been briefed by officials from the White House, State Department and Justice Department, including Mr. Cheney, Alberto R. Gonzales and Stephen J. Hadley.

Read the full story from the New York Times here and if you are as angry as I am over this matter you can do something, support an investigation. This violation of public trust in the media has got to stop, Now!  Watch the video below for more details.  

 

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