Saturday, September 5, 2020

Pentagon to Shut Down Military Newspaper Stars and Stripes; Trump, Not On My Watch

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Pentagon to shut down military newspaper Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon has ordered Stars and Stripes, the military’s century-old independent newspaper, to shut down at the end of September, after slashing its budget earlier this year.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper decided to cease publication as part of his department-wide budget review, according to a memo signed by Army Col. Paul Haverstick, acting director of the Pentagon’s Defense Media Activity.
Plans to shut down the newspaper are due on Sept. 14 and the final issue will be on Sept. 30.
The move comes after the Pentagon earlier this year cut the $15.5 million in funding for the paper from the Defense Department’s budget — which members of Congress have objected to for months. --->READ MORE HERE
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Trump says he won’t allow Stars and Stripes newspaper to fold:
President Trump on Friday said the government-owned Stars and Stripes military newspaper won’t close on his watch after a Pentagon memo ordered the long-running paper to cease operations.
“The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch. It will continue to be a wonderful source of information to our Great Military!” Trump tweeted.
Earlier Friday, news outlets published a memo that ordered the paper’s publisher to develop a plan that “dissolves the Stars and Stripes” by Sept. 15 and includes “specific timeline for vacating government owned/leased space worldwide.”
Stars and Stripes, created during the Civil War, receives $15.5 million annually from the government. --->READ MORE HERE

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