Pentagon Investigates Pentagon Pundits Scandal

On December 25, New York Times reporter David Barstow filed this update on the scandal that he broke back in 2008: A Pentagon public relations program that sought to transform high-profile military analysts into “surrogates” and “message force multipliers” for the Bush administration complied with Defense Department regulations and directives, the Pentagon’s inspector general has concluded after a two-year investigation. Those who don’t recall Barstow’s original story can catch up by reading this FAIR action alert (4/22/08): According to the Times, the Pentagon recruited over 75 retired generals to act as “message force multipliers” in support of the Iraq War, […]


Gingrich’s Gaffes and Wesley Clark’s

The New York Times’ Michael Shear has a piece today (5/19/11) reminding readers that presidential candidates often have early stumbles of the sort that Newt Gingrich has been having. He recalls several examples, most of which don’t really offer much hope for Gingrich. One is Wesley Clark’s brief 2004 campaign: In 2004, General Clark’s campaign was premised on his military credentials and his critique of President George W. Bush and the Iraq War. So when the general said, within days of announcing, that he might have voted to authorize the Iraq War, it was a big deal. That’s not exactly […]