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Wednesday, February 9

The Pentagon Channel: Uncensored US Propaganda

Wow. The US Military has decided to skip the embedded journalists and broadcast its own media, free of charge, around the globe.

Example

The Pentagon Channel broadcasts military news and information for the 2.6 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces through programming including:

* Department of Defense news briefings
* Military news
* Interviews with top Defense officials
* Short stories about the work of our military

In addition to enhancing Department of Defense communications with the 1.4 million active duty service, the Pentagon Channel will provide the 1.2 million members of the National Guard and Reserve and the 650,000 civilian employees of the Department of Defense more timely access to military information and news.

The Pentagon Channel television service is distributed 24/7 and is available to all stateside cable and satellite providers; via American Forces Radio and Television Service, overseas; and via webcast worldwide right here at pentagonchannel.mil.


Antiwar:

I'd like to thank the Pentagon for providing yet another in a seemingly endless string of great material on which to comment. The Nazis had Leni Riefenstahl to make their propaganda, and now the US has ... The Pentagon Channel (I didn't make that name up; that's what they're calling it). That's right, the symbol of US Empire is now going to be broadcasting to millions of US homes free of charge!
The channel is marketed thusly; "Dish viewers will be kept up to date with current military news and information including Department of Defense news briefings, military news, interviews with top defense officials, and short stories about the work of military people."
Yes, I can see how that might be necessary. The Fox/CNN cretins don't do much of that, do they? We need BALANCE against those anti-war forces!


I'm sure they picked up a few tips on propaganda from their stint in 2000 at CNN. As Project Censored has found:

U.S. Army psychological operations personnel worked at CNN

In 1999, as NATO's war in Kosovo was ending, five interns went to work at CNN's Atlanta headquarters. These interns weren't college students looking to pad their résumés – they were United States Army propaganda specialists.

The troops were members of the Third Psychological Operations Battalion, charged with spreading "selected information" to the public. And working at the world's largest news network, they had a chance to do just that. "They worked as regular employees of CNN," an army spokesperson told Abe de Vries, a reporter for the reputable Dutch newspaper Trouw. "Conceivably they would have worked on stories during the Kosovo war. They helped in the production of news."


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