Glenn Greenwald has been tirelessly cover the mainstream corporate media’s perpetual fear-mongering with respect to war with Iran. At a time when few people consistently hold the media elites accountable, Greenwald is one of the few that simply won’t let go of this- he is like a dog with a bone and we are much better off for it. Now if only pressure would build on the media to stop cheerleading for each and every war that comes down the pike.
In the run up to the Iraq War and during the initial stages of the Iraq War, the television media often used retired generals as military “analysts,” many of whom were still on the Pentagon payroll or were involved in defense contractor consulting work which made them a walking case study of a lack of journalistic and corporate ethics. NBC was the worst offender, never, ever telling viewers that these generals had a financial and political interest in the wars they were promoting.
One of the prime offenders was Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who was not only a member of the Pentagon’s propaganda program, but also, according to Barstow’s second stand-alone article, had his own “Military-Industrial-Media Complex,” deeply invested in many of the very war policies he pushed and advocated while posing as an NBC “analyst…”
Despite Barstow’s Pulitzer, neither Brian Williams nor anyone else at NBC News ever mentioned any of these groundbreaking stories to their viewers (even as Williams reported on other Pulitzer awards that year); the controversy over the Pentagon propaganda program was simply suppressed. And NBC continued to feature those same ex-Generals as “analysts” — including McCaffrey — as though the whole thing never happened.
Apparently, not only does NBC continue to present McCaffrey to its viewers as some sort of objective analyst, but NBC News executives use him as some kind of private consultant and briefer on the news. On January 12, 2012, McCaffrey presented a seminar to roughly 20 NBC executives and producers — including NBC News President Steve Capus — entitled “Iran, Nukes & Oil: The Gulf Confrontation.” We’ve obtained the Power Point document McCaffrey prepared and distributed for his presentation, and in it, he all but predicts war with Iran within the next 90 days: one that is likely to be started by them. The first page of the breathlessly hawkish document is entitled “Iran & the Gulf Creeping Toward War…”
While McCaffrey’s office failed to return several calls seeking comment — I was particularly interested to know whether any of his ample consulting clients would benefit from a war with Iran — Lauren Kapp, an NBC News spokeswoman, confirmed the existence of this meeting. She said: “We regularly host editorial board meetings with our editorial board staff,” and besides McCaffrey: “we have heard from top ranking current and former US Government officials” (she also says that they once heard from an Iranian ambassador to the U.N.). She added:
We are exhaustive in our conversation with people from various perspectives and expertise when we over a story of this magnitude. And we are confident in the level and breadth of the conversations we are having with representatives from all viewpoints.
Council for foreign relations, etc….
Not just current and former U.S. government officials and Generals, but also members of the “Council for foreign relations”: the diversity of viewpoints is staggering….
Go read Glennwald’s whole article, it’s worth a read, as is every other blog post he’s put up over the last month about the total hypocrisy of the United States’ posture towards Iran.