Pentagon Orders Stars and Stripes to Stop Publishing This Month

Pentagon Orders Stars and Stripes to Stop Publishing This Month”

It also came out today that the Trump administration ordered the defunding of Stars and Stripes, a 159-year old daily newspaper for American troops. The order, in a recent memo to Stripes, follows the Pentagon's move earlier this year to cut the $15.5 million in funding for the paper from the Defense Department budget.

The Trump administration's 2021 budget cuts the $15.5 million in annual subsidies to the editorially independent newspaper to move elsewhere within the department's almost $700 billion budget.

Trump has been doggedly working to establish himself as the "law and order" president (by which I mean he attacks Black Lives Matter protesters whenever he can and tweets the words "LAW AND ORDER" in all caps a few times a week).

"If the president doesn't care about the quality of life of our service members and our families, which is quite evident at this point, Congress does, and we're going to make sure that that doesn't happen", Mr. Crow said.

In fact, the House approved earlier this summer explicitly overruled the decision to pull the plug on Stars and Stripes, restoring funding for the paper.

That $15.5 million annual subsidy is 0.002% of the Pentagon's proposed $740 billion budget for 2021. But if Trump now wants that money for the newspaper, the Pentagon would likely go along.

Trump's tweet came as he fought off new accusations that he called service members killed in World War I "losers" and "suckers" during an event in France in 2018.

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The House-passed version of legislation containing defense funding for next year contains additional funding to keep operating Stars and Stripes and the Senate hasn't released its defense appropriations bill, the lawmakers noted. Developed by Army Col. Paul Haverstick, acting manager of the Pentagon's Defence Media Activity, " the memo says intends to shut the newspaper are expected on September 15 along with also the previous paper will be printed on September 30.

A bipartisan group of 11 Democratic senators and 4 Republicans had requested the Division of Protection, led by Mark Esper, to proceed funding a publication that has greater than 1.3 million readers (between paper and digital). That funding accounts for about half of Stars and Stripes' budget and is primarily used to print and distribute the newspaper to troops scattered across the globe, including in warzones such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria.

Stripes ombudsman, Ernie Gates, told The Associated Press on Friday that shutting the paper down "would be fatal interference and permanent censorship of a unique First Amendment organization that has served USA troops reliably for generations".

Thus it is considered as a pride of America that is funded by the Defense Department.

The first edition of Stars and Stripes was published during the Civil War, but regular publication starting during World War I and it became a staple for active and former members of the armed forces.

Since becoming defense secretary, Esper has spoken to the press infrequently.

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