Pentagon Delivers Order for ‘Stars and Stripes’ To Shut Down: Report

After a run that stretches back continuously to World War II, the iconic military newspaper Stars and Stripes is set to be shut down this month.

In a memo, the Pentagon wrote, “The last newspaper publication (in all forms) will be September 30, 2020,” according to USA Today.

The newspaper dates to all the way back to the Civil War, when Union soldiers printed the first edition in 1861. An editor of the Stars and Stripes later when on to found The New Yorker.

The paper is delivered to soldiers across the world, even to soldiers on the front line. They maintain bureaus around the world, including in the Middle East. In 2019, they distributed over 7 million papers in the United States, and their website, Stripes.com, had 38 million page views.

On Wednesday, a bipartisan group of senators called on Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to continue funding for the paper.

They wrote, “The $15.5 million currently allocated for the publication of Stars and Stripes is a only a tiny fraction of your Department’s annual budget, and cutting it would have a significantly negative impact on military families and a negligible impact on the Department’s bottom line.”

The senators noted that, though funding for Stars and Stripes is not in the president’s budget request, the House-passed appropriations act “contains additional funding not requested by the Administration to continue operating Stars and Stripes.”

They said that there is a “real possibility that Congress may not agree with the proposal to eliminate this funding.” The senators also noted that it is the policy of the government to act on the funding allotted in the previous year’s bill.

Esper has defended cutting the newspaper, which is largely nonpolitical. In February, Esper said, “We trimmed the support for Stars and Stripes because we need to invest that money, as we did with many, many other programs, into higher-priority issues.”

Responses

  1. In an act of contrition, after he slapped the military’s face “strongly”, yesterday,

    “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!” King Donald The Loser

  2. The confused one quotes another biased poll. Surprise!! What a dolt. Someone wants to cut the Stars and Stripes. Silencing another voice. Must be Democrat slugs.

  3. Don’t take MY word on this. Please, don’t. I beg you not to.

    militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/08/31/as-trumps-popularity-slips-in-latest-military-times-poll-more-troops-say-theyll-vote-for-biden/

  4. We are winning Bob. America is in the best hands it could be in at this time in history with President Trump. Don’t let the nutty General get to you. That’s just what he is trying to do with his nonsense. Keep the faith.

  5. You are a lying piece of shit general confuction. The last poll I read was 80% conservative and 20% communist/fascist. The military has supported republicans forever and it is the same this election. You are a typical lying, deceitful piece of shit for your communist/fascist party. You and your party are the losers asswipe.

  6. The recent Military Times poll has Joke Biden at 41% vs King Donald The Loser at 37%. 12% favor “third party”.

    This time arount, Biden has the nod from the military brass and His Majesty has the favor of the grunts.

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