Peter Myers for Congress

I'm Peter Myers, the Green Party candidate for the 15th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Congress. On this blog, you can read about the campaign and the issues, and offer me feedback as well. I hope you enjoy reading the blog, and I hope you'll join the campaign for change.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pentagon fed talking points to TV stations' military analysts

Under the Bush administration, the Pentagon has recruited a group of former military men to repeat the administration's talking points on news networks, according to an article in today's New York Times:

Many [analysts] also shared with Mr. Bush’s national security team a belief that pessimistic war coverage broke the nation’s will to win in Vietnam, and there was a mutual resolve not to let that happen with this war.

This was a major theme, for example, with Paul E. Vallely, a Fox News analyst from 2001 to 2007. A retired Army general who had specialized in psychological warfare, Mr. Vallely co-authored a paper in 1980 that accused American news organizations of failing to defend the nation from “enemy” propaganda during Vietnam.

“We lost the war — not because we were outfought, but because we were out Psyoped,” he wrote. He urged a radically new approach to psychological operations in future wars — taking aim at not just foreign adversaries but domestic audiences, too. He called his approach “MindWar” — using network TV and radio to “strengthen our national will to victory.”

The Bush administration is not the first to use the media in order to affect Americans' perception of war, nor will it be the last. American citizens do not naturally desire war; the assumption that a military solution is the best option is a message that the Pentagon systematically sends out through as many media as possible.

The American people deserve a voice in Congress that stands up against the military propaganda, and the 15th District has a chance to elect that voice in November.

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