The Pentagon and New Media: Joy
Aparently they're championing a "24-hour rolling news outlet" that would seek to change people's minds and assure them that Iraq isn't a disaster. Good call.
I like this bit:
Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has said media manipulation by enemies of the US is the only thing keeping him awake at night.
Well at least Rummy and I agree on something, though I doubt we agree that this enemy of the US is Donald Rumsfeld and a newly-created Pentagon propaganda machine, but such is life. But here's the kicker I mentioned before:
A spokesman said the unit would monitor media such as weblogs and would also employ "surrogates", or top politicians or lobbyists who could be interviewed on TV and radio shows.
Rummy: "No no, they're getting it all wrong. We're not losing the war. The Iraqi people don't hate us for killing a signifcant fraction of their population in an unjust invasion. Here...give me the keyboard. I'll fix it."
Yay for propaganda!
(Source: BBC News)