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Dem Senators Introduce Bill To Block Military Propaganda Campaigns

Democratic Sens. John F. Kerry, Robert Menendez, Byron Dorgan and Frank R. Lautenberg introduced legislation on Monday that will prohibit the Department of Defense from using money for “propaganda.”

It would also require the DoD Inspector General and the Government Accountability Office to deliver related reports to Congress within 90 days. The bill is a companion measure to a House effort by Rep. Paul Hodes (D-N.H.).

“[T]he American people should not have to wonder whether the purportedly nonpartisan expert analysis they see on television might have been shaped by a government propaganda campaign,” said Kerry, referring to a New York Times expose detailing administration efforts using retired generals to sell the war.

“There is no need for paid cheerleaders to support an argument,” said Menendez.

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