American Proscenium

The Dan Rather Diversion

The “mainstream” media, we often hear, isn’t covering the real stories—it shies away from controversy and supinely bends under pressure from government officials, corporate sponsors, and warmongering demagogues.  All of this may be true, but what we don’t hear is what happens when the media does do a little investigative reporting, especially when the resulting story violates the unwritten but universally enforced strictures of political correctness.  What happened when CBS News reported that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) colluded with neoconservatives in the Pentagon to pass classified information to Israel is telling.

On August 27, Lesley Stahl reported that “the FBI has a full-fledged espionage investigation under way and is about to—in FBI terminology—‘roll up’ someone agents believe has been spying not for an enemy, but for Israel from within the office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon.”  The suspected mole: Larry Franklin, a 57-year-old Iran specialist and Defense Intelligence Agency officer working out of the office of William J. Luti, deputy undersecretary for Near Eastern and South Asian affairs.

It was Luti’s office, a branch of the Department of Defense policy shop headed by Undersecretary Douglas Feith, that “stovepiped” ersatz intelligence—often provided...

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