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FCC Wants to Know If Gov't Paid Military Officers To Sell War

The Federal Communications Commission today said it has launched a probe into allegations that the Department of Defense paid former military officers to present favorable view of the war in Iraq on television shows.

The allegations were brought to light by The New York Times in April, and key lawmakers such as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) have pushed for the FCC to investigate the claims.

The FCC last week sent letters to 19 former military officers and five TV networks, according to Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. FCC spokesman Clyde Ensslin confirmed the enforcement bureau sent the letters but didn't elaborate on details of the letters and didn't identify the networks and former military officers.

"The people have the right under the law to know whether someone espousing an opinion has been paid to do so or if they are giving independent judgment so that the public can evaluate the full picture," Adelstein said.

According to the Times story, the Department of Defense ran a program to use former officers as military analysts to act as "message force multipliers" or "surrogates" to deliver the administration's views on the war in Iraq and conditions at Guantanamo Bay. Many of those analysts were simultaneously representing more than 150 companies competing for billions of dollars in Defense contracts for the Pentagon.

Key lawmakers have expressed concern that such practices -- which included using Defense Department funds for commercial airfare on trips to Iraq -- violate sponsorship identification laws.

"When seemingly objective television commentators are in fact highly motivated to promote the agenda of a government agency, a gross violation of the public trust occurs," wrote Dingell and House Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.) in a letter to the FCC last May.

By Cecilia Kang  |  October 8, 2008; 5:20 PM ET  | Category:  Cecilia Kang
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WELL, GEE THE far right fundamentalist extremists ONES WHO PREACH ON and WANT TO make sure ARMAGEDDON HAPPeNS
GOT TOGETHER with the ONES WHO WANT TO PROFIT FROM OIL AND DEFENSE INDUSTRY.

And any one with an IQ OVER 90 DIDNT KNOW this is the
expected RESULT?

bush and cheney gang passing the torch to
mcain/palin

wink /pose/ smile/wave are YOU (still) fooled?

Posted by: macdoodle | October 9, 2008 10:57 AM

Faux News - fair and balanced.

The Bush/Cheney regime has a history of doing this; remember the fake news "report" videos they created and sent to "friendly" media outlets? Karen somebody was the "reporter" in some of them. The Bush/Cheney regime was exposed as being guilty of that too.

Yet for all their lies and failures, crimes and misdemeanors, they remain not only in office, but out of jail and off the gallows.

With the bar for accountability moved SO far down, how can America ever again hold any administration to account for its actions?

Posted by: LALA | October 10, 2008 1:00 AM

Not surprising in any way - this administration will do anything to help its cause. Let's not forget the cover up and misleading reports about the ex-NFL Ranger and how he was killed, or the girl from WVa who they made into a hero when it turned out she was lucky to survive and admited she didn;t to anything like what was reported. The propoganda machine is well oiled with Bush/Cheney!!

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 10:02 AM

This is B/S !
The NY Times, Washington Post , Al Jazzera, , Our The Main (nbc .msnbc )Stream Media and Red Creasant paid Anti American Pacifist agenda driven Journalist to find those ""Miltary anybody's " that had Problems with the War or who would say we are losing it .
Those PAID Socialit ... Obama , Biden , Reid , Polosi said we were Losing the Surge when we were winning it .
Investagate those Anti American Socialist and the FCC as well .
Men at War always are Positive on winning ... DEAD MEN ARE NOT !

Posted by: ReCon USMC | October 10, 2008 4:28 PM

THE FCC HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT OUR MILITARY SAYS OR DOES .

Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. The FCC is composed of five members, not more than four of whom may be members of the same political party, appointed by the president with the consent of the U.S. Senate. The commissioners are authorized to classify television and radio stations, to assign broadcasting frequencies, and to prescribe the nature of their service. The FCC has jurisdiction over standard, high-frequency, relay, international, television, and facsimile broadcasting stations and also has authority over experimental, amateur, coastal, aviation, strip, and emergency radio services; telegraph and interstate telephone companies; cellular telephone and paging systems; satellite facilities; and cable companies. The commission is empowered to grant, revoke, renew, and modify broadcasting licenses. It superintended the relations between AT&T and its successor phone companies and later promoted competition between long-distance phone companies. In the 1990s the FCC was involved in battles over the regulation of both pricing and content in the cable television industry. With the rapid development of telecommunications technologies, particularly mobile communications systems, and the blurring of distinctions between cable television and local and long-distance telephone companies, the job of the FCC continues to become more complex.

MORE LIBERAL B/S .....ANYWAY THEY CAN HURT OUR COUNTY OR TROOPS AT WAR ...THEY HAVE TO PROVE WHAT WAS SAID WAS WRONG OR A MISJUDGEMENT .NO CRIME THERE .... YOU KNOW LIKE OBAMA FOR 18 YEARS DIDN'T KNOW HIS BUDDY BILL AYERS WAS A TERRORIST WHO HATED AMERICA AND WAS A COMMUMINIST

Posted by: Anonymous | October 10, 2008 4:38 PM

Mr. or Ms. Macdoodle likes Mr. Osama...opps...that's too New York-sounding. I wonder if the he/she favors the unwanted attack upon and murder of 3,000 people in New York on "9/11"? I saw enough of you anti-American types over the past forty years.

Posted by: jdenver | October 11, 2008 1:46 AM

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