Truth Frequency Radio


Jul 30, 2015

The military is everywhere in our arts and entertainment looking for a way to promote its public relations agenda.

For example, there is this entry on American Idol, where a contestant with a military background is referred to as a PSYOP Specialist. Photo Credit: SpyCulture

Another covers how the military influenced the blockbuster hit The Avengers, providing input they said the producers were “very receptive” toward with respect to one character, Captain America, and his relationship with the Army:

Another covers how the military influenced the blockbuster hit The Avengers. Photo Credit: SpyCulture

Another talks about advising on the satirical series “Veep” (whose writer Armando Iannucci made the antiwar satirical film In The Loop):

Another talks about advising on the satirical series VEEP (whose writer Armando Iannucci made the antiwar satirical film In The Loop): Photo Credit: SpyCulture

Even video games made the cut, with one company reaching out to the military rather than the other way around:

Even video games made the cut, with one company even reaching out to the military rather than the other way around. Photo Credit:  SpyCulture

Secker’s takeaway from the FOIA results is that the military is virtually everywhere in our arts and entertainment looking for a way to promote its public relations agenda:

The sheer scale of the Army and the Air Force’s involvement in TV shows, particularly reality TV shows, is the most remarkable thing about these files. “American Idol,” “The X-Factor,” “Masterchef,” “Cupcake Wars,” numerous Oprah Winfrey shows, “Ice Road Truckers,” “Battlefield Priests,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Hawaii Five-O,” lots of BBC, History Channel and National Geographic documentaries, “War Dogs,” “Big Kitchens” — the list is almost endless. Alongside these shows are blockbuster movies like GodzillaTransformersAloha and Superman: Man of Steel.

Spy Culture goes on to note that the military quickly shreds documentation relating to these activities, noting that the rival Department of Homeland Security destroys documents from its entertainment office after six years.

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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