All the News They Want to Hear

by
Abby Zimet

In a dismaying echo of the Vietnam War's 5 O'Clock Follies, embedded
journalists covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may face screening
on their political viewpoints - courtesy of the P.R. firm that brought
us all the riveting news of non-existent WMD's. The background profile
by The Rendon Group will determine if reporters' past coverage of the
wars has been positive or negative.

"That's the government doing things to put out the message they want to hear
and that's not the way journalism is meant to work in this country," said Amy
Mitchell, deputy director for Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in
Journalism.

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