Remember the PreserveRaptorJobs website? The one portraying the F-22 Raptor fighter jet as an economic engine; and one that seeks to mobilize people to write in for protection of the aircraft?

I’ve been emailing with the F-22 spokesman for Lockheed Martin, the jet’s manufacturer, a nice fellow named Rob Fuller, about the website. Asked what the deal with it is, he keeps coming back to this point: "The website was established to provide information primarily to this supplier base about the current F-22 program status and provide them with an opportunity to voice their support for continued production." While nothing on the site explicitly contradicts that, it sure looks like a mechanism for anyone, involved in the supplier base and not, to lobby for the Raptor. And there isn’t any mechanism on the site for the trading of information, unless one counts the presence of booster-y F-22 talking points that anyone involved in the supplier base would already have available.

And there’s nothing wrong with that, per se. People have the right to lobby for whatever they want. But why not call that what it is?

Crossposted to The Streak.

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman