"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tony Carr Sold His JQP Blog to a Corporation in Exchange for Cash and Stock

At least according to this press release from several months ago.  Assuming it's legitimate, why did Tony Carr sell his blog to a corporation back in February?  What does it mean when a person claiming to spread truth out of concern for security and the nation and airmen and such, sells their blog to a giant media corporation?  Isn't that some kind of conflict of interest?

It raises some questions.

First, does Tony need the money?  Is his retirement check not enough?  Or does he need more money for future planned expenditures?  Perhaps to run a campaign despite claiming several times that he has no plans for political office (which is what all politicians say, but we can believe Tony because he's not like other politicians).  According to the press release from "BRIGHT MOUNTAIN ACQUISITION CORPORATION," Tony founded his blog and they purchased it stating that the "acquisition was made through a combination of stock and cash."

Second, does having stock in a media company that owns your blog have any influence on your *ahem* journalism?  According to the corporation's press release, Tony will "continue writing for the publication for the next five years."  But what about incentives now and beyond those five years?  Are those financial incentives any kind of conflict of interest?  Are we witnessing the main-stream-media translation of his *snicker* alternative media that he loudly claims is a model for our mainstream Air Force?  Does this news explain why he attacks Air Force Public Affairs?  Does a private corporation that appears to specialize in military media have any kind of reason to want to take on taxpayer media sources?

Third, since the "BRIGHT MOUNTAIN ACQUISITION CORPORATION" claims to own various military media sources, is there any chance it owns Duffel Blog or Doctrine Man or perhaps some media sources in Arizona that might have been vocal in the A-10 debate?  What about Business Insider?  Perhaps the Gannett company that owns the Air Force Times?

I don't know what they own, I'm too busy flying airplanes to look deeply into this issue in order to pierce a corporate veil.  But I certainly have my suspicions.  It's much easier to manufacture a "majority" view and then manufacture consent when you own not one media source, but several others that appear to be independent.  Of course I don't know if that is the case here.

Readers can view the press release where Tony Carr sold his claimed "journalism" for a long term financial stake.

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