Corporate Media Lose Their Favorite ‘Warrior Scholar’


There’s no doubt that the sex scandal that prompted CIA director David Petraeus’s sudden resignation late last week is a big story. New details–verified or not–seem to arrive almost by the hour. But the reason it seems to have shaken so many media figures is because Petraeus was uniquely beloved by many in the corporate media, who considered him both an accessible source and a war hero. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams called him (11/9/12) a “a man of such sterling reputation,” and confided on the air to one guest that “it is impossible to be a member of […]


NY Times Amplifies Pentagon’s Budget Worries

Today’s New York Times features a piece by Thom Shanker that dwells on suspected budget cuts at the Pentagon. As the headline tells us, “After Stimulus Package, Pentagon Officials Are Preparing to Pare Back.” The piece gives little reason to believe that there are any such plans afoot; Obama did not campaign on cutting the Pentagon budget, and in fact we learn further on that any suspected cuts won’t mean a total decrease in military spending: Even if overall spending is reduced, the official Defense Department budget may actually grow over last year’s spending plan, because billions of dollars in […]