The U.S. Congress needs to stop passing laws outlawing what is already illegal. All they are doing is giving law-breakers ammunition to use in defending illegality. They will say that if it was clearly illegal before, why has the Congress passed legislation now saying it's illegal. It must not have been clear.
Using military propaganda domestically has been illegal since I don't know when.
Anyway, redundant law is no defense.
What Congress is supposed to be doing is following the laws already on the books. They have been playing games to avoid impeaching and removing the Bush-Cheney administration to protect themselves from what would come out. The Democratic leadership is also guilty.
House Votes to Ban Pentagon Propaganda: Networks Still Silent
Posted May 24, 2008 | 04:57 PM (EST)
You probably didn't hear about the House voting to ban Pentagon propaganda last Thursday — since the television networks have once again conveniently failed to cover the story.
But in a surprise move, a 2009 defense policy bill passed with an amendment, sponsored by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.), that outlaws the Defense Department from engaging in "a concerted effort to propagandize" the American people. The measure would also force an investigation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) into efforts to plant positive news stories about the war in U.S. media.
An April 20 front-page New York Times article first reported how the Pentagon cultivated and coached more than 75 former military officers who became regulars on Fox News, CNN, the broadcast networks, and even NPR. One week later, the Pentagon announced that it would suspend the "briefing" program pending an internal review, which is continuing. On May 13, watchdog Media Matters documented that analysts in the Pentagon's program appeared or were quoted in major outlets more than 4,500 times.
But at the end of the day, it is the television newsroom producers and "bookers" - and the executives who hire them — who decide who gets on TV and who doesn't. And the vast majority of them consistently turn to government officials, major politicians and party insiders. They seldom turn to dissenting voices, critical public interest advocates and fierce critics of government policy.
Two things are certain. First, consolidated, corporate media is failing to provide critical journalism, and is aiding and abetting government propaganda. Second, this is not the last time this media blight will rear its ugly head, and as long as it does, the American public will continue to be led by the nose to support disastrous wars, policies and politicians.