Honestly, sometimes I think Krugman just misses the point.
I’m pretty sure that the CIA’s admitted habit of embedding employees (or those highly sympathetic to the agency) into major media outlets never really went away. The only basis we have for believing it ever stopped? Because then-CIA director George H.W. Bush promised Congress it would, cross my heart and hope to die, stick a needle in my eye.
We were “shocked” by the news that the retired generals who appeared on cable news to rubberstamp the Iraq and Afghanistan wars were actually molded by the Pentagon, and coincidentally were collecting fat checks from military contractors.
Should we believe that they somehow drew an ethical line here, and held it?
Don’t we all know how this works by now? Can we stop pretending that the corporate interests of the media don’t dovetail with the rest of the military-industrial-media complex?