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October 27, 2006

Pentagon Announces New Front In War On Terror

Via Instapundit, StrategyPage reports that the U.S. military is opening a new front in the War on Terror against one of terrorism's most insidious allies... the mainstream media:

The U.S. Department of Defense is now taking its requests for corrections public through a website known as For the Record (located at http://www.defenselink.mil/home/dodupdate/index-b.html). Here, the Department of Defense is openly calling for corrections from major media outlets, and even noting when they refuse to publish letters to the editor.

The most recent was this past Tuesday, when the DOD published a letter, that the New York Times refused to run, which contained quotes from five generals (former CENTCOM commander Tommy Franks, current CENTCOM commander John Abizaid, MNF Commander George Casey, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers, as well as his successor, Peter Pace) that rebutted a New York Times editorial. This has been picked up by a number of bloggers who have been able to spread the Pentagon's rebuttal and the efforts of the New York Times to sweep it under the rug across the country.

The DoD site has specifically challenged the New York Times, Newsweek, and the Weekly Standard.

It's good to see our military is finally willing to start fighting the War on Terror on the media front as well.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at October 27, 2006 09:49 AM | TrackBack
Comments

Long overdue. It's called fighting subversion.

Posted by: jay at October 28, 2006 04:37 PM

This post rasies a question that I'd like folks to answer, if they want to:

Is it ever okay for a newspaper to come out against a nation's war effort? Even on the op/ed page?

Is it ever okay for a newspaper to reveal secret government information? (Note that I'm not talking legal here--I'm talking about being okay with you.)

Posted by: Doc Washboard at October 28, 2006 04:47 PM

Is it ever okay for a newspaper to come out against a nation's war effort?

Is it ever okay for a newspaper to reveal secret government information?

Yes.

Yes.

That was easy. Next question.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at October 28, 2006 06:47 PM

the way my daddy raised me, if you'd be ashamed to see it in the paper, don't do it.
Read this NYT article: 1)if al queada is so dumb they don't realize we're gonna look at their bank transactions, they ain't too scary. 2) law sez they gotta have a warrant. They dint, and they dint get permission to do it without a warrant. 3)a temporary program that's FIVE YEARS OLD? Govt's a damn sight scarier'n the terrorists. So yeah, the reporter ought to point this out, yeah.

Posted by: dzho at October 29, 2006 02:14 AM

No warrant is required for accessing records of non-citizens at banks in other countries...you maroon.

And the reporter should be jailed along with his editor.

Posted by: iconoclast at October 29, 2006 05:50 PM