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StarsandStripes.com: US military terminates PR contract for background checks on journalists

Following its story that the US government is using a PR firm to run background checks on journalists sent on embedded assignments with the US military, Stars and Stripes now reports that the contract will be cancelled.

“The U.S. military is canceling its contract with a controversial private firm that was producing background profiles of journalists seeking to cover the war that graded their past work as ‘positive,’ ‘negative’ or ‘neutral,'” Stars and Stripes has learned.

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Stars and Stripes: US to screen journalists for ‘positive coverage’ before embedding

August 28th, 2009 | 2 Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

Story from the beginning of this week – the US government is using a PR firm to run background checks on journalists sent on embedded assignments with the US military.

“Rendon examines individual reporters’ recent work and determines whether the coverage was ‘positive’, ‘negative’ or ‘neutral’ compared to mission objectives, according to Rendon officials. It conducts similar analysis of general reporting trends about the war for the military and has been contracted for such work since 2005, according to the company,” reports Stars and Stripes.

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