Remember Jessica Lynch... the myth of the girl who went down shooting and had to be rescued in a daring operation by American soldiers to retrieve Jessica from the "location of danger" in an Iraqi hospital.
Turns out... the entire thing was a propaganda operation by the Pentagon.
"The Truth About Jessica" - the Guardian
- the construction of the myth, the role of Hollywood, the reality of the "location of danger" (in that, there was none)http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/may/15/iraq.usa2
In 2003, Jessica accused the Pentagon of using her for "propaganda purposes":http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/3251731.stm
Lynch was used for propaganda, just as Tillman was. The Pentagon has a long history of employing media propaganda, and especially in the past decade. The Pentagon even surmounted a media propaganda campaign in the lead-up to the Iraq war, where they used dozens of former generals and military officials to relay Pentagon talking points to the media, who were interviewing these men as "independent military analysts".
"Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand"
The New York Timeshttp://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/20/us/20generals.html
Back in 2002, it was reported that the Pentagon was "toying with the idea of black propaganda" as "the military is thinking of planting propaganda and misleading stories in the international media." They even created a new department to handle war propaganda within the Pentagon, "with the Orwellian title of the Office of Strategic Influence."http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/1830500.stm
Think this changed with the Obama administration? Think again. In the second month of Obama's presidency, the Pentagon announced that it would be stepping up its propaganda offensive against the American people - the "hearts and minds campaign." As the AP reported, "the Pentagon is steadily and dramatically increasing the money it spends to win what it calls "the human terrain" of world public opinion. In the process, it is raising concerns of spreading propaganda at home in violation of federal law." Further, propaganda aint cheap:"the money the military spends on winning hearts and minds at home and abroad has grown by 63 percent, to at least $4.7 billion this year, according to Department of Defense budgets and other documents. That's almost as much as it spent on body armor for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2004 and 2006."http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29040299/
American and international audiences are subject to massive propaganda efforts by the military-industrial complex and its all-too-willing cohorts and compatriots in the highly centralized corporate media (some of which, like General Electric (owner of MSNBC and all its affiliates), also manufacture military hardware sold to the Pentagon for its war machine and imperial projects overseas. Not simply the Pentagon, but also the CIA play a large role in propaganda.