The military–industrial–media complex is an offshoot of the military–industrial complex. Organizations like Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting have accused the military industrial media complex of using their media resources to promote militarism, which, according to Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting's hypothesis, benefits the defense resources of the company.
General Electric is a subcontractor for the Tomahawk cruise missile and Patriot II missile, both of which were used extensively during the Persian Gulf War. GE owned a controlling stake in NBC until 2011, divesting their remaining stake in 2013. General Electric also manufactures components for the B-2 stealth bomber and B-52 bomber and the E-3 AWACS aircraft which were also used extensively during the conflict. During the first Gulf War, General Electric received $2 billion in defense contracts related to weapons which would be used in Gulf War and the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation of Iraq by Coalition Forces. As FAIR observed, "when correspondents and paid consultants on NBC television praised the performance of U.S. weapons, they were extolling equipment made by GE, the corporation that pays their salaries."
- Dadge, David; Danny Schechter (2006). The War in Iraq and why the Media Failed Us. Praeger Publishers. ISBN 0-275-98766-3.
- Der Derian, James (2001). Virtuous War: Mapping the Military-industrial-media-entertainment Network. Basic Books. ISBN 0-8133-9794-4.
- Lee, Martin A.; Norman Solomon (1990). Unreliable Sources: A Guide to Detecting Bias in News Media. Lyle Stuart. ISBN 0-8184-0521-X.
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