By: Geoff Metcalf
"Im not talking about confusion and inefficiency, which
to a certain extent are products of all wars, but about muddle-headed thinking,
cover-your-ass orders, lies and outright foolishness on the very highest levels."
---Cdr James Meacham, 1968
The fact that the Pentagon is overtly moving toward monitoring media is no real
surprise. That they will spend $20-million for a public relations contract is kinda odd.
Government has gotten good results with far less cost.
Peter Lance is a best selling author. His third 9/11 investigative work, Triple
Cross, is due out in October. Lance recently had his work spun and
manipulated by National
Geographic and feds attempting to rewrite history
The venerable National Geographic wanted to do a documentary on Lances book.
However, something happened mid production. The author was dealt out and his
work edited with a cleaver. They then replaced Lance with Jack Cloonan, one of the very
Feds that Lances research had found grossly negligent
very fox guarding
hen house stuff.
Viewers of the documentary "never saw any of this evidence critical of
the Feds because Nat Geo Channel, allowed the story of FBI failures in the Ali Mohamed
case to be told from the Bureau's point of view." Huh?!?
According to Lance, "It was like doing Schindler's List from Hitler's
Several years ago the temporary
outplacement of U.S. Army psyops personnel was confirmed. " The assignment
durations have been short-term up to one full year, depending on the mission." When
asked, "What were the missions?" responses varied from "No comment.",
"... need to know," to smiles, and, in one case, an obscene recommendation.
Meanwhile in a recent government solicitation, companies are being asked
to demonstrate how they will "provide continuous monitoring and near-real time
reporting of Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international, and U.S. media,".
This latest efforts comes in the wake of a White House effort to get more offensive
against critics of Iraq policy. It isnt a stretch to suggest similar efforts against
critics of other policies could occur.
Control of the news media isnt exactly a new concept. From Tokyo Rose to
Pravda, the dissemination of news, information and propaganda has been a robust concern.
The Catholic Church, Islam, Communist regimes, and American administrations (not to
mention our infamous yellow journalism phases) have all attempted to control
what was reported and how
perception becomes reality, and the first draft of history
is written in the news.
A few years ago I wrote TO KILL OR FEED A
MOCKINGBIRD in which I addressed "two mutually exclusive and under reported
stories". One was the obvious penchant for political operatives to leak classified
information. The other was a generational control of information dissemination by powerful
The left leaning mainstream media cabal enabled the Clinton administration big
time with spin, cover, and obfuscation. It may have been "more ubiquitous, and at
times even clumsy, but it was not unique."
and it was successful.
Operation Mockingbird was a program reportedly hatched by State Department
official, Frank Wisner. Wisner selected Philip Graham, then publisher of the
Washington Post to manage the program. According to Deborah Davis, author of
Katharine the Great, "By the early 1950s, Wisner 'owned' respected
members of the New York Times, Newsweek, CBS and other communications vehicles, plus
stringers, four to six hundred in all, according to a former CIA analyst."
Investigators digging into MOCKINGBIRD were flabbergasted to discover FOIA documents in
which agents boast (in CIA office memos) of pride in having placed "important
assets" inside every major news publication in the country.
This may sound like the stuff of Ludlum novels and conspiracy wackos, but not until 1982
did the Company finally concede that reporters on the CIA payroll have been
case officers to field agents.
The entire Valerie Plame/Joe Wilson fiasco (please
read Christopher Hitchens) reveals the sausage making aspect of political spin.
Peter Lance had years of work editorially bastardized by National Geographic and a
small gang of C.Y.A. federal officials. The rest of the story will come out
when his book is published in October. Those who read the book, Triple Cross,
or read the reportage of the book, will discover a far different story from the
whitewashed, sanitized, government approved version National Geographic aired.
The late Reed Irvine (a dear and missed friend) routinely took on America's biggest and
most influential journalists and media companies to account for their errors, and stick to
Ben Bradlee, when still at the Washington Post, called Reed (in a letter) a
"miserable, carping retromingent vigilante." I called Reed a hero
(I had to look up
Peter Lances righteous indignation will be validated as facts are revealed.
However, dont hold your breath waiting for the FBI to throw themselves on their
sword and admit to eschewing Duty, Honor, Country for personal C.Y.A.
Geoff is an author and talk show host.
He is a ninth generation commissioned officer in the U.S. Armed services, a former Green
Beret, and retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel. Geoff hunts down the stories the rest of
the media ignores and exposes them for public scrutiny. He is also Editor of CalNews.com.
He is a regular columnist for Ether Zone.
We invite you to visit his website at: geoffmetcalf.com
Geoff Metcalf can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Published in the September 5, 2006 issue of Ether Zone.
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