The Patriot Files Forums  

Go Back   The Patriot Files Forums > General > General Posts

Post New Thread  Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 05-06-2008, 05:21 AM
David's Avatar
David David is offline
Administrator
 

Join Date: Aug 2001
Posts: 46,796
Distinctions
Special Projects VOM Staff Contributor 
Default Pentagon suspends controversial briefings

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The secretary of defense will no longer brief retired military officers-turned-network television analysts, the chief Pentagon spokesman said Friday.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Robert Hastings said he suspended the program this week amid media scrutiny of the practice.

An article in the Sunday New York Times alleged that the analysts were used to push the Bush administration's messages topics including the war in Iraq and what was going on in the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The report also claimed that some of the analysts were involved in business contracts with the Pentagon -- information the newspaper said was rarely or never disclosed, even to the networks.

The briefings were started by then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2003, during the buildup to the war in Iraq.

Hastings said that since his arrival at the Pentagon this year, the group of analysts has not met with Defense Secretary Robert Gates. But he was unclear whether the analysts had ever met with Gates, who took over the post in December 2006.

The New York Times said that some analysts "echoed administration talking points, sometimes even when they suspected the information was false or inflated. Some analysts acknowledge they suppressed doubts because they feared jeopardizing their access."

Other analysts said they did not push the Pentagon talking points or allow their business interests to get in the way of their on-air analysis, the Times said.

Hastings said he suspended the program indefinitely until a group independent of the Department of Defense public affairs office can perform a review.

He did not say how long the review would take.
sendpm.gif Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Iran suspends talks with US on security in Iraq David Iraqi Freedom 0 05-05-2008 06:11 AM
Bush suspends summer troop pullouts from Iraq David Iraqi Freedom 0 04-10-2008 12:44 PM
Base-closure panel to get first briefings HARDCORE General Posts 7 05-06-2005 06:37 PM
Pentagon Wars II HARDCORE General Posts 0 04-26-2003 11:22 AM
The Pentagon?s New Map thedrifter General Posts 1 03-11-2003 02:04 PM

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 09:55 PM.


Powered by vBulletin, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.