Seventy-five former military officers "inserted" into mainstream media
to be used as "message multipliers." No wonder the world is
an absolute mess. You didn't get off your beer-stained sofa to throw a
plutocracy-wrenching riot when the news broke.
The New York Times made headway in its penance for
reporting us into Iraq via Judith Miller-Chalabi by busting
story on Psyops operations that have infiltrated all the
major domestic TV networks with vested-interest generals to keep
America sold on the increasingly profitable (for a few) Occupation of
It read in part:
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.
relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers,
and sometimes not even to the networks themselves.
Only problem was that only Public Television would venture a serious telecast
on the topic. Representatives of all the network affiliates implicated
declined to appear with Judy Woodruff on the NewsHour and their
audience of, like, dozens.
JOHN STAUBER, Center for
Media and Democracy: Well, Judy, first of all, congratulations to the
NewsHour for doing this report. And it's a shame on the networks who
were duped this way that they didn't show up to defend or explain their
What happened here
was a psy-ops campaign, an incredible government
propaganda campaign whereby Donald Rumsfeld and Torie Clark, the head
of public relations for the Pentagon, designed a program to recruit 75,
at least 75 former military officers, as your report said, most of them
now lobbyists or consultants to military contractors, and insert them,
beginning in 2002, before the attack on Iraq was even launched, into
the major networks to manage the messages, to be surrogates.
And that's the words
that are actually used, "message multipliers" for
the secretary of defense and for the Pentagon. This program continues
right up to now.
JUDY WOODRUFF: And is
the essence of this that what they did was--what
the Pentagon did was illegal?
JOHN STAUBER: Yes,
what they did was illegal. Now, the Pentagon might
contest that, but we've had various laws on the books in our country
going back to the 1920s. It is illegal for the U.S. government to
propagandize citizens in this way.
In my opinion, this
war could have never been sold if it were not for
this sophisticated propaganda campaign. And what we need is
congressional investigation of not just this Pentagon military analyst
program, but all the rest of the deception and propaganda that came out
of the Bush administration and out of the Pentagon that allowed them to
sell and manage this war.