Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon's Hidden Hand
The New York Times
Military analysts on most cable television networks had a close relationship with the Pentagon to generate favorable military coverage since September 11, 2001. Many of the analysts rarely disclosed their additional ties to military contractors. The New York Times used FOIA and successfully sued the Defense Department to gain access to 8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records describing years of private briefings, trips to Iraq and Guantánamo and an extensive Pentagon talking points operation. Followed by an interview with the author, David Barstow.
(for more details, see 5/11 public editor's column, http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/11/opinion/11pubed.html)
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