Friday, September 01, 2006
Pentagon moves toward monitoring media
Terry's comment: The first thing a totalitarian Government does is monitor and attempt to control the press. Then the totalitarian Government uses ridicule and denunciation. If this does not work to their advantage they move to in the final stages. The totalitarian Government takes away all freedom of speech and the press using force.
Terry D. Barhorst Sr.
MATTHEW PERRONE, AP Business Writer
Thu Aug 31, 10:28 PM ET
WASHINGTON - The U.S. command in Baghdad is seeking bidders for a two-year, $20 million public relations contract that calls for monitoring the tone of Iraq news stories filed by U.S. and foreign media.
Proposals, due Sept. 6, ask companies to show how they'll "provide continuous monitoring and near-real time reporting of Iraqi, pan-Arabic, international, and U.S. media," according to the solicitation issued last week.
Contractors also will be evaluated on how they will provide analytical reports and customized briefings to the military, "including, but not limited to tone (positive, neutral, negative) and scope of media coverage."
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