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Columnist Criticizes Media Approach That Led to 'Penta-Pundits'

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Columnist Criticizes Media Approach That Led to 'Penta-Pundits'

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Tribune Media Services writer Bob Koehler, in his column today, has an interesting take on the Pentagon's use of military analysts to sell the Iraq War on TV.

Koehler criticized the "Penta-pundits" -- whose less-than-impartial views were exposed last month by The New York Times -- but also said they're not the biggest problem when it comes to the "military-industrial-media complex."

He wrote: "Let's not kid ourselves. The four-star shills on the tube, most of whom, as the Times piece pointed out, represented companies that figured to profit from the war, are not the major problem.

"Their carte blanche appearance as 'analysts' on the networks, which didn't for the most part trouble themselves to look into possible conflicts of interest, are no more than a symptom of a far larger conflict of interest, which inculpates the entire corporate, a.k.a. mainstream, media: They are part of the war economy -- the military-industrial-media complex -- and serve their own interests far better as cooperative members of the team, not skeptical obstructionists who seriously challenge the government's case for war or give airplay or newspaper space to those who do. …

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