Profile image
By Freedom Bunker
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:

Propaganda is really expensive

Monday, October 10, 2016 13:54
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

The federal government spends more than $1 billion each year producing propaganda to promote everything from Obamacare to the Post Office. But the most significant portion of taxpayer funds used for propaganda goes to the Pentagon.

That’s according to a new report out from the Government Accountability Office, which reveals that the Pentagon accounted for a whopping 60 percent of government public relations spending between 2006 and 2015.

Of the 5,000 public relations professionals employed by the federal government, about 40 percent work for the Pentagon.

The new GAO report is light on details about the Pentagon’s specific PR expenditures— but other recent news items provide an idea of where all the PR money goes at home and abroad.

Reports last week revealed that the Pentagon paid a British PR firm more than half a billion dollars to run a propaganda program in Iraq.

As The Daily Beast reported:

Bell Pottinger’s output included short TV segments made in the style of Arabic news networks and fake insurgent videos which could be used to track the people who watched them, according to a former employee.

The agency’s staff worked alongside high-ranking U.S. military officers in their Baghdad Camp Victory headquarters as the insurgency raged outside.

Bell Pottinger’s former chairman Lord Tim Bell confirmed to the Sunday Times, which has worked with the Bureau on this story, that his firm had worked on a “covert” military operation “covered by various secrecy documents.”

Bell Pottinger reported to the Pentagon, the CIA, and the National Security Council on its work in Iraq, he said.

Bell, one of Britain’s most successful public relations executives, is credited with honing Margaret Thatcher’s steely image and helping the Conservative party win three elections. The agency he co-founded has had a roster of clients including repressive regimes and Asma al-Assad, the wife of the Syrian president.

And back in 2008, The New York Times revealed that the military “experts” interviewed on major cable news channels are often paid Pentagon stooges.

The post Propaganda is really expensive appeared first on Personal Liberty®.


We encourage you to Share our Reports, Analyses, Breaking News and Videos. Simply Click your Favorite Social Media Button and Share.

Report abuse


Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Total 1 comment
  • Anonymous

    That would mean they are taking tax money from the sheeple and then turning around and using our money against us.
    How is this not Organized Crime?

Top Stories
Recent Stories



Top Global


Top Alternative




Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.