Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?; Plus, Profile on Paul Vallely, Steve Forbes, Bret St
May 12, 2008
Embedding the Analysts: Modern-Day Propaganda?
By Bill Berkowitz
An investigative exposé by the New York Times has revealed part of the Pentagon’s “information dominance” apparatus, through which it manipulated perceptions about the conflict in Iraq. Throughout the Iraq War, the Bush administration gave private briefings to selected military retirees, who then made public appearances as independent military experts. The brains behind this program belong to former Pentagon public affairs officer Victoria Clarke, who now works for one of the same TV networks that had been hoodwinked by her program. Read full story.
A right-wing radio talk show host and retired general who supports a number of militarist policy groups, Vallely is also one of nearly 75 retired military men who were given Pentagon talking points before making media appearances as supposedly independent analysts.
Steve Forbes, the former “flat tax” presidential candidate, heads the Forbes publishing empire and supports the work of a number of militarist policy groups, including the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
A rising media star who oversees the Wall Street Journal’s foreign policy editorials, Stephens argues that people who criticize the influence of the “Israel lobby” contribute to growing antisemitism.
A defense industry executive and missile defense proponent, Kupperman is associated with a number militarist think tanks and policy forums.
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