Cable News Military Experts Are on Defense Industry Dole

US Army armored humvees and MRAPs driven by soldiers from 1-506 Infantry Division patrol in Paktika province, situated along the Afghan-Pakistan border, on November 27, 2008. Afghanistan is not in a security crisis and disillusionment and recriminations about its situation should be avoided, a UN Security Council team said Thursday at the end of a three-day assessment tour.   AFP PHOTO/DAVID FURST (Photo credit should read DAVID FURST/AFP via Getty Images)

Jim Naureckas, an editor at Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting, or FAIR, a progressive media watchdog, said such conflicts of interest put a premium on potential atrocities over existing ones. “The imaginary future bloodshed of the Taliban has so much more emotional weight in the coverage than the actual people who have been killed by the U.S. in the last 20 years,” he said. “There’s a symbiotic relationship between media outlets who need sources, the weapons industry that needs favorable news coverage, and the former military officials who need jobs, and it all works out together.”

Source: Cable News Military Experts Are on Defense Industry Dole

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