The simple reason why the entire Republican Party, and most of the Democrats, aren't run out of the government by now, is the fact that the corporate media are in bed with the corporate government.
I'm not sure who first coined the phrase, but it is becoming more accepted as the new reality. We are living under the rule of a Military/Media/Industrial Complex.
The recently revealed, and largely ignored, evidence is the disclosure by the New York Times of a calculated corporate/military propaganda incursion into national news media. High ranking retired military plants posing as "analysts" were insinuated onto the nation's TV screens to polish the stained and tarnished image of the Decider's disastrous wars and barbaric methods of detention.
I guess it was none of our business that most of these cheerleaders for Bush's war were also executives, lobbyists and board members of companies with military contracts.
And it would be no surprise that Chief Puppet General Petraeus would be tight with this group.
The April 20, 2008 New York Times story provides a revealing picture.
"But The Times successfully sued the Defense Department to gain access to 8,000 pages of e-mail messages, transcripts and records describing years of private briefings, trips to Iraq and Guantánamo and an extensive Pentagon talking points operation.
These records reveal a symbiotic relationship where the usual dividing lines between government and journalism have been obliterated.
Internal Pentagon documents repeatedly refer to the military analysts as “message force multipliers” or “surrogates” who could be counted on to deliver administration “themes and messages” to millions of Americans “in the form of their own opinions.”
One of the first items of business was delivering the good news about Club Gitmo.
“The impressions that you’re getting from the media and from the various pronouncements being made by people who have not been here in my opinion are totally false,” Donald W. Shepperd, a retired Air Force general, reported live on CNN by phone from Guantánamo that same afternoon.
The next morning, Montgomery Meigs, a retired Army general and NBC analyst, appeared on “Today.” “There’s been over $100 million of new construction,” he reported. “The place is very professionally run.”
In January 2007, as Bush was preparing to launch his escalation, I mean "surge" in Iraq, retired Army Colonel and Fox "analyst" John C. Garrett e-mailed the Pentagon for instructions.
“Please let me know if you have any specific points you want covered or that you would prefer to downplay."
And then there's this little item for all you fair and balanced types.
"Pentagon officials helped two Fox analysts, General McInerney and General Vallely, write an opinion article for The Wall Street Journal defending Mr. Rumsfeld".
Rumsfeld was obviously excited with his new propaganda tool. He wrote a memo urging them on to greater glory.
“Focus on the Global War on Terror — not simply Iraq. The wider war — the long war.”
“Link Iraq to Iran. Iran is the concern. If we fail in Iraq or Afghanistan, it will help Iran.”
Message Force Multipliers. Now there's a great tag for a deliberate psyops campaign directed at the American people.
As we hear the war drums and saber rattling getting louder and louder for war with Iran, we can be secure in the knowledge that great efforts are being made for the brainwashing of America. We Americans must never be allowed to think that our wars are for power and profit.
Herr Goebbels would be proud of them all.