The Pentagon and Propaganda. Has it gone too far?
I came across another interesting article today about the pentagon and how they are spending 4.7 billion dollars to influence public opinion about the war and whatever else they feel is important.
What is seriously worrying to me is when it’s mentioned that this entire operation has become larger than many media companies and they are using shady methods to spread their propaganda. When I mention shady methods I mean they have people writing articles without disclosing the fact that they are being paid to spin stories in a certain manner. I see why they don’t do this though, who’d take an article with the subject “Why staying in Iraq is the best choice” or “Why we need to invade Iran” written by someone on the Pentagon’s payroll seriously, I think most people would discard it and it might lower the support for the cause.
If the pentagon really was interested in influencing public opinion it might be a far better idea to focus on methods to prevent innocent civilians from being killed, close the illegal prisons and ending torture. These are the things that will do far more than 4.7 billion dollars could ever do.
The worst part is the propaganda is not only being spread in countries like Iraq or Afghanistan, it’s being spent here at home (USA) which I think is crossing the line. The government spending money and failing to reveal when articles are published that the individuals who wrote them are getting paid to toe the government line is too much for me.
What are your guy’s thoughts?
Article Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29040299