Thursday, August 27, 2009

Pentagon is Profiling Reporters

The Pentagon has been rating the reporting of journalist on their coverage of the war efforts in the Middle East.
Contrary to the insistence of Pentagon officials this week that they are not rating the work of reporters covering U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Stars and Stripes has obtained documents that prove that reporters’ coverage is being graded as “positive,” “neutral” or “negative.”

Moreover, the documents — recent confidential profiles of the work of individual reporters prepared by a Pentagon contractor — indicate that the ratings are intended to help Pentagon image-makers manipulate the types of stories that reporters produce while they are embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

I especially like this part....

Several professional journalists’ groups as well as media ethicists criticized the Pentagon’s attempts to rate and manipulate reporters.

First of all, the media has ethicists? Who knew? Second, how do they feel when the President manipulates them?

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