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Wednesday, April 23

How can you know what to believe anymore?

Stories from
I see a pattern here.

Behind Analysts, the Pentagon's Hidden Hand
Hidden behind an appearance of objectivity in reporting about the occupation of Iraq is a Pentagon information apparatus that has used certain analysts in a campaign to generate favorable news coverage of the administration's wartime performance.
David Barstow, New York Times

Free Press Calls for Congressional Investigation into Pentagon Pundits
Government-sanctioned propaganda violates every conceivable standard of journalism. That it has been allowed to continue unquestioned and undisclosed for years is an indictment of both this White House and a docile American media.
Free Press

Pentagon's Media Manipulation on War Extended to Newspapers
What may go overlooked in the aftermath of the New York Times article about the Pentagon propaganda machine's control of TV news is that all of the leading newspapers also use the same cabal members.
Greg Mitchell, Editor & Publisher

New York Times Investigation Exposes Pentagon Pimps and Propaganda Operation
The New York Times used 8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records, accessed through suing the Pentagon, to expose the Pentagon's control over access and information.
Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation

Pentagon Propaganda & Antiwar Analysts
Detailing the massive, secret coordinated campaign by the Pentagon and all the leading television news channels to sell and defend the administration's Iraq policy is a critical piece of investigative journalism.
Ari Melber, The Nation

With a redesigned Wall Street Journal, mogul Rupert Murdoch is launching an old-fashioned newspaper war against the New York Times. Not since William Randolph Hearst took on Joseph Pulitzer have we seen such a fight.
Johnnie L. Roberts, Newsweek

Murdock is trying to turn NY red, I swear. What happened to the FCC rules? And it's not like this guy is even an American. sheesh.
Murdoch’s Newsday Deal Is Bad News for New York
WASHINGTON -- According to numerous press reports, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. is close to completing a $580 million deal to purchase the Long Island daily Newsday from Tribune Company. S. Derek Turner, research director of Free Press, made the following statement:

"Completion of this backroom deal between Rupert Murdoch and Sam Zell would give one company, News Corp., control of Newsday, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, and two TV stations in the New York market. And that doesn't even take into account Murdoch’s ownership of the Fox network, Fox News Channel, and all of his other holdings in cable TV, movies, local TV stations and newspapers worldwide. That’s too much power in too few hands.

“The sale of Newsday to News Corp. is a clear violation of even the severely weakened FCC limits on how much media one company can own in one market. This sale should not be permitted under any circumstances. New York, like the rest of America, needs more media choices, viewpoints and competition -- not more consolidation.”

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