Experts from the New York Times and the Washington Post are affiliated with the Pentagon-funded CNAS think tank

Consider a country in which the government, military, and media are all intertwined. Many Americans would associate this phrase with China, Russia, or North Korea, yet it accurately describes the United States today. And the think tank within this unassuming structure in Washington, the Center For A New American Security (CNAS), is the best evidence of that.

CNAS is a leading militarist think group in Washington, D.C., with a focus on Democratic Party governments. It is financed by the State Department and the Pentagon, and it has received more money from weapons firms than any other think group in recent years. Furthermore, it is supported by oil firms, large banks, and right-wing governments.

CNAS acts as a farm for President Joe Biden, from which he cultivates important posts in his government. At least 16 CNAS graduates now hold senior positions in the Biden Pentagon and State Department.

The fact that several national security and foreign policy reporters from elite U.S. media outlets are affiliated with CNAS – and thus indirectly affiliated with, and likely paid by, the US government and corporations – the very forces they should be held accountable – is the most shocking revelation.

David Sanger, a Washington correspondent for the New York Times, has spent more than two decades deceiving the public into supporting US aggression and war.

From the Bush administration's falsehoods about WMDs in Iraq to intelligence agencies' evidence-free assertions about Russian hacking, these inflammatory charges were taken at face value with a clear objective of pressuring then-President Donald Trump to escalate hostilities against Moscow.

HBO even made a movie out of Sanger's neocon cyberwar dream. David Sanger is now a believer in the COVID-19 lab leak scenario. He's been at the vanguard of every propaganda effort that not only justifies aggression and war but also enables CNAS donors to make massive profits.

Sanger is one of the numerous correspondents from the New York Times, Washington Post, and Foreign Policy who have taken up residence at CNAS. Presumably, there is a hefty financial component to this. CNAS did not respond to my email inquiry about whether or not these reporters are paid. Sanger's colleague Eric Schmitt, a senior journalist for The New York Times covering national security, is also in residence at CNAS.

Sanger is one of several New York Times, Washington Post, and Foreign Policy reporters who have taken up home at CNAS. There's probably a big money component to this. My email question to CNAS regarding whether or not these reporters are compensated went unanswered. Sanger's colleague Eric Schmitt, a top national security journalist, is also residing at CNAS.

At one point, the Washington Post considered such evident media corruption to be at least suspect. In 2011, Time magazine collaborated with CNAS on a series to promote war propaganda, and the Washington Post published an article challenging the ethics of the relationship.

Fast forward to 2013, when Jeff Bezos, a millionaire, buys the Washington Post, and its reporter, David Finkel, becomes a writer in residence at CNAS. Finkel published two books on the US war in Iraq around that time: "The Good Soldiers" and "Thank You For Your Service." Just the type of war whitewash that CNAS's backers would like the public to see.