Extra! Update June 2008

    Network News Blackout on Pentagon Pundits

    Weeks after the New York Times (4/20/08) broke the story that the Pentagon had been feeding talking points to TV military analysts, the broadcast TV networks have remained conspicuously silent about the issue. According to the Times, the Pentagon recruited over 75 retired generals to act as “message force multipliers” in support of the Iraq War, receiving special Pentagon briefings and talking points that the analysts would often parrot on national television, “even when they suspected the information was false or inflated.” The Times even noted that at one 2003 briefing the military pundits were told that “we don’t have ...


    Journalists Predict Scrutiny of McCain . . . Some Day

    It’s hardly controversial to point out that many in the corporate media have a fondness for presumptive GOP White House nominee John McCain. The prevailing journalistic attitude was expressed by Washington Post columnist David Broder (4/24/08): “In an age of deep cynicism about politicians of both parties, McCain is the rare exception who is not assumed to be willing to sacrifice personal credibility to prevail in any contest.” Over the past few months, however, many pundits and reporters have declared that despite the press corps’ feelings for McCain, he will nevertheless face tough scrutiny . . . some day. After ...


    SoundBites

    The Imperial Credo "The United States and its predominant economic, political and military power in the world have been the single greatest force for stability in the world such as it is now, certainly since the Second World War. If the outcome in Iraq were to destroy the credibility of American power, to destroy America's willingness to use its power in the world to achieve good, to fight back against totalitarianism, authoritarianism, gross human rights abuses, it would be a very dark day." --New York Times bureau chief John Burns (Charlie Rose, 4/9/08) Official Enemy vs. Official Stats Referring to ...


    NYT Iraq War 'Debate' Excludes Critics

    The New York Times’ “Week in Review” has now offered two panels of opinion on the Iraq War—one on March 16 pondering the fifth anniversary of the invasion, the other on May 4 commemorating George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” speech—that completely excluded the views of those who opposed the war in 2003. The March 16 Times explained to readers: To mark this week’s fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, the Op-Ed page asked nine experts on military and foreign affairs to reflect on their attitudes in the spring of 2003 and to comment on the one aspect of the ...