Think-tanks like the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) and Project for the New American Century (PNAC) have considerable influence on US intelligence -- from data gathered in the the field on up to decisions in the Pentagon.
This Letter to the Editor (not published) protesting a freebie worth thousands of dollars to Senator Joe Lieberman from The Hartford Courant, was sent over a month ago. This freebie cost thousands of dollars as a paid advertisement. All letters protesting this questionable gift were sensored.
This listener had to turn instead to the UK Indymedia site and to The Guardian to find the other side of this breaking story. NPR has proven once again how flawed it truly is as a reliable source for news on the public airwaves