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Last April, the New York Times revealed that retired officers serving as military analysts on television news shows had regularly been briefed by the Pentagon and supplied with pro-war and pro-administration talking points.
The program was "temporarily suspended" by the Pentagon a week later. Now four senators have introduced legislation to prevent it from resuming.
Senators Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), John Kerry (D-MA), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Byron Dorgan (D-ND) have introduced S. 3099, titled "A bill to prohibit the use of funds by the Department of Defense for propaganda purposes within the United States not otherwise specifically authorized by law."
"This Administration has a history of pushing propaganda on the American public," Sen. Lautenberg explained. "The American people expect our federal government to tell the nation the truth."
"There is no need for paid cheerleaders to support an argument," added Sen. Menendez.
...use of funds by the Department of Defense for propaganda purposes within the United States not otherwise specifically authorized by law...