What did Glenn Greenwald expect?

Brian Williams’ “response” to the military analyst story

Williams argues that the two retired Generals whom he identified in particular — Downing and McCaffrey — voiced “harsh criticism of the Rumsfeld Pentagon and the war effort.” As proof, he cites a McCaffrey quote from 2006 — more then 3 years after we invaded Iraq — in which McCaffrey said there was a civil war there and that “it’s a very bad situation, and it’s getting worse.” He also said Downing was angry that we didn’t use more troops for the invasion.

That is the sum and substance of Williams’ response to allegations that these analysts were presented as “independent” despite having multiple political and financial ties which negated their independence. There is no indication that he has any plans to tell his viewers about the story. And he seems to think that this smug, dismissive response resolves the questions surrounding the behavior of NBC News. It doesn’t. If fact, Williams’ response — and his citation to these two specific retired Generals — raises far more questions than it answers.

So what does Glenn expect? NBC is owned by a defense contractor. The whole operation is a Potemkin show. General Electric buys a news operation, uses it to start a war, and sells weapon systems and supplies to the government. Brian Williams is just a cog in this system. As long as we keep talking about Williams we are missing the big picture.

On the other hand I would love to know more about the defense contractors those TV Generals worked for, were they General Electric subcontractors or partners? It would be pretty funny if their whole newscast were merely a showcase for their product line and I would not put it past them.

The logical answer is for General Electric to be compelled by its bondholders to spin off it’s many divisions, use the money to pay off the bond holders and have the resulting companies invest the remaining cash into products and services so they could make money. The present system serves no one but the interests of crony kleptocracy.

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