Posts Tagged ‘Pentagon’

At Least They Asked

“The concern is that WikiLeaks as an organization should not be made more credible by having credible news organizations facilitate what they’re doing.” –Col. Dave Lapan, Pentagon spokesman (with a straight face…) The Pentagon, which devours about half of the US budget Defending our Freedom, has “asked” the news media if it would refrain from [...]

Pravda on the Potomac

Well, it’s about time.  In light of the McChrystal fiasco, the Pentagon has suddenly discovered that its 60,000 or so PR flacks must have been lying down on their multibillion dollar jobs, perhaps on Facebook or Craigslist, and has a new plan to prevent any more Rolling Stone episodes upsetting its most sacred moss, the [...]

Can a government own a newspaper and not exert political influence?

We’re very familiar with civilian publishers and the political slant they force on their staffs. There are many foreign governments, especially in the East who totally control their papers, not ones they own, but all papers. When I was stationed in Korea 1970-71, President Park Chung Hee would not let any Korean papers print a [...]

Mr. President: When are you going to stop beating your wife?

How did such a smart guy fall for that centuries old question with no safe answer when it was used by the US military and CIA while Obama was deciding whether or not to release some 2,000 detainee torture photos?  I have no way of knowing if this tricky question was used on him before [...]