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FCC Probes Pentagon Analysts
US News ^ | 06 Oct 2008 | Paul Bedard

Posted on 10/07/2008 9:45:12 PM PDT by BGHater

The Federal Communications Commission has begun notifying several TV military analysts that it is probing congressional complaints that the pundits did not properly disclose their ties to the Pentagon when reviewing the war in Iraq on air. According to a copy of the October 2 FCC letter to one of the pundits, the probe was prompted by Reps. John Dingell and Rosa DeLauro, who filed a complaint with the agency after the New York Times reported that some of the pundits were working on or bidding on Pentagon contracts and had also taken free military trips to Iraq. "When seemingly objective television commentators are in fact highly motivated to promote the agenda of a government agency, a gross violation of the public trust occurs," the duo wrote to the FCC. Copies of their May 6 complaint, above, and the FCC letter were provided to Whispers. The Times story discussed the so-called military analysts program, where many former military officials were briefed about the war in Iraq by the Pentagon.

At issue is that some of them were also linked to Pentagon contracts, raising the issue of conflict of interest. In its letter signed by the chief of the investigations and hearings division enforcement bureau, the FCC suggests that TV stations and networks may have violated two sections of the Communications Act of 1934 by not identifying the ties to the Pentagon that their military analysts had. The FCC is so far reaching out to the analysts mentioned in the New York Times article and asking for each to respond to the allegations of wrongdoing within 30 days.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government
KEYWORDS: 110th; analysts; dingell; dod; fcc; pentagon; probe

1 posted on 10/07/2008 9:45:12 PM PDT by BGHater
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To: BGHater

So will this affect hussein and the dems as they actually give aid and comfort to the enemy?


2 posted on 10/07/2008 9:48:31 PM PDT by Eagles6 ( Typical White Guy: Christian, Constitutionalist, Heterosexual, Redneck)
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To: BGHater

These are the six they are talking about? I didn’t think think these six were very good in their analysis and from their comments to the NY Times I think even less of them now.


3 posted on 10/07/2008 9:54:38 PM PDT by PhiKapMom ( BOOMER SOONER -- VOTE FOR McCAIN/PALIN2008! LetsGetThisRight.com)
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To: BGHater

Two dingbat congress Dem clowns who think they have something here.


4 posted on 10/07/2008 9:57:28 PM PDT by Red Steel
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