Extracts from the article by David Sirota, “What Happens When We Can’t Trust the Verifiers,” distributed by Chicago Syndicates on December 26, 2009.
In 2008, the New York Times’ David Barstow reported that 75 retired military officers regularly appearing on television “have ties to military contractors vested in the very war policies they are asked to assess on air.”
Collectively, the group represented “more than 150 military contractors either as lobbyists, senior executives, board members or consultants,” and here’s the kicker: “Those business relationships are hardly ever disclosed to viewers.”
Wired magazine reports that neoconservative think tankers who directly helped craft the Pentagon’s Afghan escalation are now appearing throughout the media as allegedly disinterested analysts of the escalation – again, without any mention of their concurrent work.
A British government report admitted this month that one of the major rationales for invading Iraq – the claim that Saddam Hussein could deploy weapons of mass destruction in 45 minutes – probably came from a cab driver.