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Exclusive: Pentagon's domestic propaganda program may not have been terminated

Latest breaking news in Raw Story’s investigative series (read Part I and Part II):

Pentagon officials won’t confirm Bush propaganda program ended

The covert Bush administration program that used retired military analysts to generate favorable wartime news coverage may not have been terminated, Raw Story has found.

In interviews, Pentagon officials in charge of the press and community relations offices — which worked in partnership on the military analyst program — equivocated on the subject of whether the program has ended.

Last May, the Pentagon’s Office of Inspector General issued a memorandum rescinding a Bush administration investigative report on the retired military analyst program because it “did not meet accepted quality standards for an Inspector General work product.” The now-retracted report had exonerated officials of using propaganda and referred to the program as just “one of many outreach groups.”

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  1. If you haven’t already, Sam, be sure to read part I and II, too. We uncovered a lot of interesting stuff along the way and part IV, with more new revelations, is coming next week.

  2. Nope. Which sadly is why we’re starting to think that that’s why majority of the liberal blogosphere has been looking the other way on this so far. It underscores Obama embracing Bush propagandists in his own administration at a time when US public support for Afghanistan war is plummeting, just as it had for Iraq war in ’05…when the mil analyst program’s activities were stepped up with the guiding hand of Bryan Whitman, who’s still there…and Roxie Merritt, who’s still there…ready to step things up now to gain more support for staying in Afghanistan. So no, you will need a Tums; it will not make you feel better.