The Pentagon, not Metallica, The Master of Puppets

The New York times today reports that a Pentagon campaign using retired officers has been used to shape terrorism coverage from inside the TV and radio networks.

I note from the screen shots Rupert Murdoch’s Fox features heavily.

The Pentagon information apparatus has used these analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration’s wartime performance.

Most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.

Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to the viewers, and sometimes not even to the networks themselves. But collectively, the men on the plane and several dozen other military analysts represent more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants. The companies include defense heavyweights, but also scores of smaller companies, all part of a vast assemblage of contractors scrambling for hundreds of billions in military business generated by the administration’s war on terror. It is a furious competition, one in which inside information and easy access to senior officials are highly prized.

Records and interviews show how the Bush administration has used its control over access and information in an effort to transform the analysts into a kind of media Trojan horse — an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks.

From a May 16, 2006, e-mail message about "Taking groups to Iraq/Afghanistan"

Source: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand – New York Times

Address : http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/washington/20generals.html?hp

Murdoch’s Trash Media fly in the face of public opinion.

The Murdoch media is covering the return of David Hicks as if they are employed by the Howard government. Ooops – they are – well sort of, they all work for Murdoch. Anyway… The Herald Sun is all upset that Hicks, ‘a confessed terrorist’ (which he never confessed to) traveled first class from Guantanamo Bay.

While 80% of “The Age” readers in an opinion poll today say David Hicks is no threat, the front page of the Herald Sun read:

Herald Sun Front Page

and the content of the articles in the paper, of which there were many, sounded like they were written personally by Phillip Rud-dick. The Editorial headline read: “A Dangerous Fool Returns“, whereas The Age’s editorial read “Hicks was no innocent abroad, but it’s right that he’s home“. The Age’s editorial even made sense! Actually, it is a very good read, take a look.

They (The Age) also featured an opinion piece by Tim McCormack, who, according to the footer of the article: is the Australian Red Cross professor of international humanitarian law at the Melbourne Law School. He attended the proceedings against David Hicks in Cuba in March as an adviser to the defence team on law-of-war issues.

It is ALSO a great read. Read it here: David Hicks’ trial was a political fix by two governments -much more accurate than the shit churned out by the Herald Sun.