Investigate the Propaganda Pundits

From Free Press:

Dear Friend,

The Pentagon is infiltrating the media with pro-war propaganda.

The scheme reaches all the way to the Bush White House, where top officials recruited dozens of “military analysts” to spread favorable views of the war via every major news channel — without revealing they were working from Pentagon scripts and often lobbying for major military contractors looking to cash in on the war.

This is a violation of every conceivable standard of journalism — and possibly of federal law.

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Published in: on May 30, 2008 at 7:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Behind Military Analysts, the Pentagon’s Hidden Hand

In the summer of 2005, the Bush administration confronted a fresh wave of criticism over Guantánamo Bay. The detention center had just been branded “the gulag of our times” by Amnesty International, there were new allegations of abuse from United Nations human rights experts and calls were mounting for its closure.

Published in: on April 20, 2008 at 11:03 pm  Comments (1)  

The Power of Nightmares

BBC Documentary Power of Nightmares and Presidential Interpreter Fred Burks Expose Roots of War on Terror

The Power of Nightmares (view free)

Published in: on October 11, 2007 at 6:45 pm  Comments (1)  

White House Chooses Propaganda Over Protecting Homeland Again

Holding onto Power still more important to White House than Preventing Terrorism

Leak severs link to al-Qaeda’s secrets

Firm says Bush administration’s handling of video ruined its spying efforts

Published in: on October 9, 2007 at 10:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Four Myths Government and Media Use to Scare Us About ‘Dictators’

Fog Facts: The Bush White House calls Iran’s President Ahmadinejad a “dictator” when he isn’t — part of scaring the public into thinking preemptive war is a good thing.

Published in: on October 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

The waning power of the War Myth

As Iraq dies, Bush is falling back on his old standby: Patriotic blackmail. But this time it won’t work.

By Gary Kamiya

Published in: on September 1, 2007 at 1:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Another Rove Fake-Out?

I’m used to my readers ascribing all sorts of convoluted motivations to White House political mastermind Karl Rove But now several upstanding mainstream media outlets are raising the possibility that Rove’s attacks on Hillary Clinton are a colossal head fake.

Published in: on August 21, 2007 at 2:24 pm  Comments (3)  

Irrelevant Exuberance

Why the latest good news from Iraq doesn’t matter.
By Phillip Carter

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 1:38 am  Leave a Comment  

A surge of phony spin on Iraq

Bush’s backers are peddling a sunny view of the president’s strategy — despite Iraq’s political chaos and soaring death counts. By Juan Cole (more…)

Published in: on August 7, 2007 at 1:34 am  Leave a Comment  

Al Qaeda’s Best Publicist

Could al-Qaeda possibly have found a better publicist than President Bush?

By Dan Froomkin

At a South Carolina Air Force base[], Bush mentioned al-Qaeda and bin Laden 118 times in 29 minutes, arguing that the violence unleashed by the U.S. invasion in Iraq would somehow come to America’s shores if U.S. troops were to withdraw.

Published in: on July 28, 2007 at 3:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Misperceptions of the ‘War’ in Iraq

An NBC News correspondent—with longtime experience in Iraq—describes many other visions of the war now being fought.

The war in Iraq is not what it seems. In fact, there is no “war” in Iraq—there are many wars, some centuries old, playing out on this ancient land. But this is not what Americans are often led to believe. The perception portrayed by the White House and Iraqi government in Baghdad—and commonly reflected in the news media—is that the violence in Iraq is a fundamental struggle between two opposing teams: Freedom Lovers and Freedom Haters.

[T]his [is a] Manichaean and simplistic view of the fighting here [. . .]
[T]he reality is there are many wars within the war.

[Thx Larry M]

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 9:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Further Politicization of the U.S. Military’s Public Statements

“The Bush administration has long used the Rush Limbaughs and Sean Hannitys and Rich Lowrys and Brit Humes and other ideologically loyal minions as their primary interviewers and vessels for message dissemination, and this is now clearly the U.S. military’s media strategy as well. There is nothing in the Bush administration that is not politicized from top to bottom.”

by Glenn Greenwald

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 12:13 am  Leave a Comment  

How to Sell an Endless War

Buy Hard


The current Bush administration has sometimes been very frank about the need to sell the ‘war on terror’, and many of the elements used to sell that attack on Iraq–the intelligence dossiers, the unsourced revelations, the denigration of hard evidence, the cosying-up to prominent exiles–are now being used to sell an attack on Iran.

Published in: on July 22, 2007 at 10:07 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tony Snow told reporters yesterday that the administration has seen “a declining level in the overall pace of attacks” in Iraq.

The reality, of course, is far different

Published in: on July 21, 2007 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Invisible Government

In a speech in Chicago, John Pilger describes how propaganda has become such a potent force in our lives and, in the words of one of its founders, represents ‘an invisible government’.

by John Pilger

Published in: on July 21, 2007 at 4:29 pm  Leave a Comment  

Neocons on a Cruise: What Conservatives Say When They Think We Aren’t Listening

Ship of fools
Johann Hari, Independent UK

The Iraq war has been an amazing success, global warming is just a myth and Guantanamo Bay is practically a holiday camp. The annual cruise organized by the ‘National Review,’ mouthpiece of right-wing America, is a parallel universe populated by straight-talking, gun-toting, God-fearing Republicans.

Published in: on July 17, 2007 at 11:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

The New Hippocratic Oath

Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday … that he was ordered to mention President Bush three times on every page of his speeches.

Published in: on July 14, 2007 at 10:30 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush Plans To Stress Next Phase In Iraq War

GOP Dissent Spurs Change In Message but Not Course

Published in: on July 10, 2007 at 10:58 pm  Leave a Comment  

When Soldiers Protest at Propaganda

What our squaddies really think of having to serve in Iraq and be tools of Bush’s foreign policy

John Pilger
[Thx Pazooter]

Published in: on June 7, 2007 at 11:01 pm  Comments (1)  

CIA running black propaganda operation against Iran, Syria and Lebanon, officials say

Some intelligence sources more wary of covert Pentagon operations

by Larisa Alexandrovna

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 10:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush’s Killer Talking Points

George W. Bush cowed congressional Democrats into giving him another blank check for the Iraq War by brandishing talking points that accused war critics of abandoning the troops and aiding al-Qaeda. Though Bush’s rhetoric was enough to intimidate Democratic leaders, the old and new talking points don’t stand up to serious scrutiny. They remain a mix of non-sequiturs, half-truths and outright lies.
May 30, 2007

Published in: on June 1, 2007 at 12:17 am  Comments (1)  

Penguin Hates the Troops


Published in: on May 15, 2007 at 2:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

War vs. Democracy: Untold Stories from the Lynch / Tillman Hearing

What does it mean to be a nation at war? Is it possible to exercise democratic control over a wartime government that dismisses honest criticism as unpatriotic? What should citizens do when members of their military not only commit crimes — as happens during every war — but also rely on propaganda to hide mistakes and to embellish or even create victories, as happened in the cases of Army Ranger Pat Tillman and Private Jessica Lynch?

Published in: on May 13, 2007 at 1:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bill Moyers’ Journal: Buying the War

How the administration marketed the war to the American people has been well covered, but critical questions remain: How and why did the press buy it, and what does it say about the role of journalists in helping the public sort out fact from propaganda?

Watch “Buying the War,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the role of the press in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq, which includes interviews with Dan Rather, formerly of CBS; Tim Russert of Meet the Press; and Walter Isaacson, former president of CNN.

Two days later on April 27, BILL MOYERS JOURNAL airs at its regular timeslot on Fridays at 9 P.M. with interviews and news analysis of underreported stories across an array of beats, including: the environment, media, politics, the economy, arts and culture, and social issues.

Published in: on April 26, 2007 at 8:27 am  Comments (6)  

Iraqis Claim McCain’s Visit Account Not Reality; Propaganda

“They were just making fun of us and paid this visit just for their own interests,” he said. “Do they think that when they come and speak few Arabic words in a very bad manner it will make us love them? This country and its society have been destroyed because of them and I hope that they realized that during this visit.”

Published in: on April 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm  Leave a Comment  

Scientist accuses White House of ‘Nazi’ tactics

A government scientist, under sharp questioning by a federal panel for his outspoken views on global warming, stood by his view today that the Bush administration’s information policies smacked of Nazi Germany.

“This is the United States,” Hansen told the House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee. “We do have freedom of speech here.”

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 11:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

The White House website is getting scrubbed

Yes, it is 1984…

Published in: on February 27, 2007 at 12:24 am  Comments (2)  

Love Democratic Style?

National greeting card company carrying card with Pelosi, others in bondage

Published in: on February 14, 2007 at 11:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Troops lack Basic Equipment in Iraq

Bush Admin. launches anti-Iran propaganda campaign

…plus more from Juan Cole

Published in: on February 1, 2007 at 1:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Bush’s War on the Republic

From the beginning of the “war on terror,” George W. Bush has lied to the American people about the goals, motivation and even the identity of the enemy – a propaganda exercise that continued through his 2007 State of the Union Address and that is sounding the death knell for the Republic.

Published in: on January 25, 2007 at 11:15 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rev. Moon’s Anti-Obama Agit-Prop

By Robert Parry

If you’ve ever wondered how agit-propaganda works, you might take a look at the latest case study from the Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s media empire – a bogus story about Barack Obama attending a Muslim “madrassah” when he was six years old, a smear that was then attributed to operatives of Hillary Clinton.

Published in: on January 23, 2007 at 10:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Is There a Post-Abortion Syndrome?

“In America we have a big drug problem, and we don’t realize it’s because of abortion.”

“24”: Torture on TV

The show is much more successful than the White House at making the case for torture.

Published in: on January 20, 2007 at 2:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

War That Doesn’t Speak Its Name Rages in Brazil

January 10, 2007
International Herald Tribune

RIO DE JANEIRO Brazil is not for beginners. That was a line of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the musician who was the father of the bossa nova movement, wrote “The Girl from Ipanema” and knew that the languorous sensuality of his country that he captured in that song was only one aspect of the story.

Another has been on lurid display of late with the killing of more than two dozen people, including seven incinerated on a bus, since violence led by drug gangs erupted in Rio on Dec. 28. (more…)

Published in: on January 10, 2007 at 12:52 pm  Comments (3)  

“It’s A Wonderful Life” = Communist Propaganda?

FBI thought so in 1947

Published in: on December 28, 2006 at 1:31 am  Leave a Comment  

The GOP’s $3 Billion Propaganda Organ

When history tries to make sense of what happened to American politics in this era, it should take into account the extraordinary story of how a right-wing Korean cult leader, Sun Myung Moon, bought influence with the U.S. political class by pouring billions of dollars into conservative causes, including a daily newspaper, the Washington Times. Though Moon operatives have tried to hide the total price tag for this pro-Republican propaganda organ, a longtime Times employee has pegged Moon’s spending at more than $3 billion in cash. The other big question is where did all this money come from?

Published in: on December 27, 2006 at 2:47 pm  Leave a Comment