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Special Report's Military madness

Reported by Chrish - May 31, 2005

Brit Hume hosted a military variety show today, Memorial Day 5/30/05, and the day's news was relegated to the ticker running across the bottom of the screen.

First Bret Baier did a 6+ minute segment on the military's handling of IEDs in Iraq. Next Major Garrett had a taped interview with war veteran and former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, who is promoting his new book "One Soldier's Story : A Memoir" (published by News Corp, Fox's parent company; relationship not disclosed.) That segment was almost 7 minutes. Next was Molly Hennenberg's 6 minute interview with Stephen Mansfield, author of "The Faith of the American Soldier."

After the headlines at the bottom of the hour, we saw an insider's view of the CIA's role in the war in Afghanistan. Guest Gary Schroen, also promoting a book, spoke with Greg Kelly for about 6 minutes about being "First In". The next segment was a series of interviews with survivors of and clips of Nazi concentration camps, with Major Garrett narrating, lasting almost 7 minutes. Finally we saw Jeff Birnbaum conducting a 6-minute taped interview of Kenneth Walsh, also promoting his new book "From Mt Vernon to Crawford", a history of presidential retreats.

Going to commercial breaks we saw beautiful shots of monuments and memorials in Washington DC and Arlington National Cemetery (with Ollie North paying tribute). Even the commercials were special for the day - Lockheed Martin, cherishing freedom, used Arlington and the WWII Memorial, and Boeing used veterans or actors posing as veterans to proclaim their gratitude. Three very large energy companies also had ad buys on the program, all with great photography of "Oh Beautiful". All in all very stirring, very much appealing to our emotions.

Comment: The show was choreographed to swell patriotic pride as defined by the right-wing. It offered a swell photo op of Bush and immaculate soldiers, a real war hero Senator (Republican, of course), a reinforcement of America as a Christian nation, ("no atheists in fox holes"), the terrific job done in Afghanistan (except that UBL guy), damnation of Nazi Germany and a moment's concern for the people in Darfur, and another photo op of Bush relaxed, "where he can be himself" (clearing brush, wearing his cowboy costume).

If this ain't propaganda I don't know what is.

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