Pentagon's PR team uses TV military analysts to skew coverage

An analysis by The New York Times found that the Bush Administration's communications team used a group of "military analysts" that frequently appear as experts on a variety of TV networks to skew the media coverage in its favor post-September 11.

An analysis by The New York Times found that the Bush Administration's communications team used a group of "military analysts" that frequently appear as experts on a variety of TV networks to skew the media coverage in its favor post-September 11.

According to the Times, the group was designed to “exploit ideological and military allegiances,” but that “most of the analysts have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.” These relationships are rarely disclosed to the media. The Times claims that the Bush Administration - the Pentagon in particular - uses this power as “an instrument intended to shape terrorism coverage from inside the major TV and radio networks,” including CNN, ABC, Fox, NBC, and CBS.

News site Think Progress dives further into the Times article, stating that many of these analysts admit that they suppressed opinions about the administration's misinformation because they feared they could lose their access or contacts.

Meanwhile, conservative Commentary Magazine questions whether there is any news to the article, saying that all organizations use spokespeople to try to influence the media.

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