||Black propaganda is defined as “any form of communication ‘that purports to emanate from a source other than the true one’ in support of national objectives designed to influence the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of any group in order to benefit the sponsor, either directly or indirectly.”
From the New York Times: "The Pentagon announced on Friday that it was suspending its briefings for retired military officers who often appear as military analysts on television and radio programs."
Note that the Pentagon is suspending, not ending the program.
Here are a few more views on the Pentagon’s Stalin-like propaganda program.
Colonel Sam Gardiner on Democracy Now! said: "I think that there are
about four or five levels of problems here. The most profound and the most painful is their disdain of the Pentagon for democracy. I mean, think about it. What we have seen, this is a part of the campaign. They don’t believe in democracy. They don’t believe that the American people, if given the truth, will come to a good decision. That’s very painful.
"The second thing is about the military analysts themselves. They were being given these briefings, but none of them ever said that they were provided this inside information.
"And then, I think the third thing is the networks themselves. They wanted cheerleaders, and they could have—without knowing the background that the analysts were being given inside information, they wanted cheerleaders, and they knew that cheerleaders gave them access. So, I mean, there are really some serious problems from top to bottom on this."
Media Matters for America said the only program that reported on the Pentagon propaganda scandal and the GAO’s report "The United States Lacks Comprehensive Plan to Destroy the Terrorist Threat and Close the Safe Haven in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas," was Comeday Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.
Timothy Karr on the Huffington Post said, "Now, tens of thousands of Americans have urged Congress to investigate the Pentagon’s pervasive program to embed at least 75 "propaganda pundits" on every major news network. But the corporate media haven’t batted an eye — or said a word."
Josh Silver also on the Huffington Post informs, "On Sunday, a week after the Times story broke, Fox was still airing — without disclosure — exposed pundit Thomas McInerney. Last Wednesday, they aired another pundit, Robert H. Scales."
On Glenn Greenwald Salon’s blog had this analysis about NBC News anchor Brian Williams‘s defense,"The essence of Williams’ response: he did absolutely nothing wrong. Nor did any of the military analysts used by NBC News. Nor did his network. These are all honest, patriotic men whose integrity is beyond reproach."
Williams had this to say about two retired four-star Generals, Wayne Dowing and Barry McCaffrey, that NBC used, "these two guys never gave what I considered to be the party line. They were tough, honest critics of the U.S. military effort in Iraq."
However, both men were members of the "The Committee for the Liberation of Iraq," which was devoted "to advocat[ing] freedom and democracy in Iraq." That’s NBC idea of an "independent" news analyst.
On the Raw Story Eric Brewer gives the administration’s response.
Eric Brewer: Did the White House know about and approve of this operation?
Dana Perino: Look, I don’t…I didn’t know…look, I think you guys should take a step back and look at this op…look, DOD’s made a decision, they’ve decided to stop this program. But I would say that one of the things that we try to do in the administration is get information out to a variety of people so that everybody else can call them and ask their opinion about something. And I don’t think that that should be against the law. And I think it’s absolutely appropriate to provide information to people who are seeking it and who are going to be providing their opinions on it. It doesn’t necessarily mean that all of those military analysts ever agreed with the administration. I think you can go back and look and think that a lot of their analysis was pretty tough on the administration. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t talk to people.
Two other sites Crooks and Liars and Media Matters for America had more stories: "In Honor of the Lying Military Analysts for Cable TV" and "Networks again refuse to go on the record about NY Times’ military analyst expose" respectively.