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How Revisionist Reporting Hurts Everyone

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Published: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Media lapdogs are marked by stenographic tendencies, sympathetic frames and a reliance on industry jargon. Politico’s latest report about Congressional Republicans working to undo looming defense cuts meets all three criteria. The piece is accurately headlined “GOP eager to scuttle defense cuts,” and nowhere in the article is any reference to data disputing the Republicans’ [...]


No Success in Iraq — Unless You’re a War Profiteer

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Published: Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Nothing about the Iraq fiasco should be called a success, despite President Obama’s attempt to provide closure to the troops misused and abused since the launch of that war. We must remember the truth about this catastrophic, unpopular, vicious war, and we must fight the strong national impulse to salvage our self-image in platitudes. If [...]


Will Blackwater Ever Do Right?

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Published: Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

It’s was like a meaningless coda, as the war contractors at Blackwater USA changed its name again, two weeks after delivering Katy Helvenston-Wettengel with another insult. For the last eight years, Helvenston-Wettengel has been fighting for justice and accountability for the preventable death of her son, a Blackwater employee named Scott Helvenston, in Iraq. “Child [...]


Job Creation at Home Requires Peace Abroad

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Published: Friday, December 9th, 2011

As more Americans sour on our 10-year-old national nation-building experiment in Afghanistan, there’s a growing community of policy mandarins, activists and elites uniting to expose the myriad of ways war spending and military contracting have plunged our nation into a jobs crisis. The existing counter insurgency operation in Afghanistan is hurting the American economy, and [...]


After the Deficit Committee, A New Propaganda Push from the War Profiteers

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Published: Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Since the deficit committee officially failed to produce a plan as of last week, expect the war profiteer spin to hit the fan. Here’s an early warning of what to expect, courtesy of Reuters last week: Failure of a special congressional committee to strike a deficit-reduction deal is expected to unleash desperate lobbying by U.S. [...]


Top 5 Taxpayer Turkeys Fattening War Industry CEOs

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Published: Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Congress departs for the Thanksgiving holiday having left us a gift. With the deficit committee failing to produce a plan to cut the deficit and with across-the-board cuts now the default, there remains a real chance for us to untie the Congressional straightjacket and refocus the national conversation on sustainable and constructive job creation. The [...]


The Myth of Military Contracting

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Published: Saturday, October 29th, 2011

The war industry stood back with glee when it released a shoddy study that produced the sought-after deceptive headlines about defense spending, the magic sauce of job creation. There was no balance to these reports, and the War Industry should know, because they funded it! A cursory or peer review of its content would’ve demonstrated [...]


Meet the 0.01 Percent: War Profiteers

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Published: Thursday, October 27th, 2011

There’s the top 1% of wealthy Americans (bankers, oil tycoons, hedge fund managers) and there’s the top 0.01% of wealthy Americans: the military contractor CEOs. If you’ve been following the War Costs campaign, you already know that these corporations are bad bosses, bad job creators and bad stewards of taxpayer dollars. What you may not [...]


Bursting Leon Panetta’s Spending Spin Bubble (VIDEO)

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Published: Saturday, October 15th, 2011

Leon Panetta becomes Defense Secretary and suddenly he forgets his experience as a professor and environmentalist: military spending costs jobs compared to other ways of spending the money. Still, Panetta pressures Congress to slash other spending that actually creates jobs rather than trimming a bloated war budget that’s strangling our economy. Yesterday, Panetta defended the [...]


Stenography Masquerading as Journalism

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Published: Friday, October 14th, 2011

Yesterday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta brought his song and dance show to Congress. He was invited to speak by Congressional Republicans about routine defense subjects, but it quickly turned into a well thought out media ploy. Exhibit A: GOP Lawmakers, Secretary Leon Panetta Ring Alarm Bells on Defense Budget Cuts In an era when news [...]


  

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