As Pentagon Cancels Rendon Group Contract, US-NATO Spokesman Defends Using Company to Profile Journalists

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Updated: Sept 3, 2009

Democracy Now!
Sept. 1, 2009

As Pentagon Cancels Rendon Group Contract, US-NATO Spokesman in Afghanistan Defends Using Company to Profile Journalists

The Pentagon is canceling its contract with the private public relations firm The Rendon Group to produce background profiles of journalists seeking to cover the war. One journalist profiled was Nir Rosen, who got a hold of his profile. The Rendon Group reported to the Pentagon that Rosen’s reporting in Afghanistan was “highly unfavorable to international efforts.” The Rendon Group profile also mentioned Rosen’s appearance on Democracy Now!, when he stated his belief that the war is unwinnable and that the US should withdraw. We speak with Col. Wayne Shanks, the public affairs officer for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

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Col. Wayne Shanks, public affairs officer for US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Nir Rosen, independent journalist who has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq since 2003. He is a fellow at the NYU Center on Law and Security. In July, he was embedded with the US military in Afghanistan.

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United States military cancels partnership with controversial public relations firm

RussiaToday
September 01, 2009

The United States military has decided to cancel its partnership with a controversial public relations firm after the story started hitting the news waves. U.S. public affairs officers have said that the PR firm would give a background check to reporters who wanted to embed with military units. The PR firm would categorize a journalists work depending on whether they put the United States in a positive or negative light. They said they were simply using the information to find out what kind of reporters they were dealing with, but many think there was more to it than just that.

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A CASE OF AMNESIA OR A CASE OF BOOTLICKING?

123 Real Change

by Mizgîn

Does anyone remember the Rendon Group?

If not, let me refresh your memory.The Rendon Group is a public relations firm that has specialized in creating propaganda for various US military interventions over the last few decades in places as varied as Panama, Haiti, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and Puerto Rico. Most recently, the Rendon group helped the US government to win hearts and minds for the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq. Because it has worked with the US government for a long period of time, it has been willing to justify US military actions for both Democratic and Republican administrations, although the Rendon Group’s founder, John Rendon, got his start in the propaganda business back in the 1970s as a campaign consultant for the Democratic Party.

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