Plane Crash Begets Military Budget ‘Booster-Baloney’

News reports on a March 25 F-22 crash in Mojave, Calif., that “contained some strange assertions about the cost of the F-22” have budget myth-buster Winslow Wheeler (, 3/28/09) decrying the “utter hogwash” that reporters printed “possibly based on the price asserted in the Air Force’s ‘fact‘ sheet on the F-22 that was linked to a Pentagon ‘news’ story on the crash.” Wheeler demonstrates how the uncritical dissemination of the assertion therein–that “the cost per aircraft was typically described in many media articles as about $140 million”–means that “the tragic event was apparently used to disseminate some booster-baloney”: The latest […]