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Wednesday, December 29, 2004

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 Pentagon cuts out media "middleman"

As if Fox "News" wasn't sufficient, the Pentagon has created its own 24-hour television channel to "cut out the middle man — the national media — in covering news."

This new propaganda vehicle is being funded with $6 million in your tax dollars:
[Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Allison] Barber said the Pentagon Channel makes every effort to avoid propaganda charges by, among other practices, offering live coverage of such events as press conferences from beginning to end, while commercial networks will pick up only the sections they deem newsworthy.

"It would be propaganda if we tried to spin it," she said.

Riiiight... it will not be used for propaganda. That's why, in Barber's words, "the Pentagon Channel was a result of Mr. Rumsfeld's progressive plan to broaden and improve the Defense Department's public-affairs arms, both internally and externally."

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