Saturday, December 15, 2012
Buried evidence--you don't have to read very closely to gather that this reporter is treading very, very lightly upon material that itself treads very lightly upon military influence in American mass media. Anyone who has read the international news in the papers for the last twenty or thirty years already knows that our intelligence services--especially in the branch services intelligence departments--has worked consistently to manipulate news media in foreign countries where Uncle Sam has a strategic or economic interest. Nothing new, right? What's new since Kosovo is that we're doing it here. But now the major papers won't write about it much, if at all. For the sake of quickly moving public opinion before an armed intervention, the Pentagon used a large cast of retired uniforms to spin the message. Normally, however, mainstream (corporate, commercial) media outlets are already message-managed from the inside by former military officers with ongoing intelligence missions.