O noua fila in incercarile fasciste ale Administratiei Bush a a
control mass-media: acum angajeaza jurnalisti care "sa stie sa taca" 
pt propaganda. 



Wanted: Journalists who can keep quiet
The Hill

The Bush administration is hiring more reporters. Only this time, it
wants them to keep quiet.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) last week placed a
help-wanted listing on journalismjobs.com, an employment website. 

After the furor over federal payments to conservative commentator
Armstrong Williams, the administration is emphasizing that its new
journalism job is different.


The posting, which has since been taken off the site, sought
applicants who can write copy for an online news service "reporting
events within the exercise for an audience of exercise participants."

The ad follows the disclosure that two other federal agencies had
hired conservative commentators Armstrong Williams and Maggie
Gallagher to back administration proposals. Those contracts brought
rebukes from media ethicists who said they blurred the line between
journalism and propaganda.

"You must NOT be currently employed by a real news organization and
will be required to sign a nondisclosure agreement barring you from
writing about this in the future," the job posting stated.

"We want them to act like reporters and to push the story forward,"
Short said. The exercise would help public-relations officials better
respond to any real terrorist attack, he said.

In January, USA Today reported that the Education Department paid
conservative commentator Armstrong Williams $240,000 to promote
President Bush's "No Child Left Behind" education program. Tribune
Media Services dropped distribution of Williams's weekly column in
response.

Subsequently, it was discovered that the Department of Health and
Human Services paid Gallagher, a syndicated columnist, $21,500 to help
develop materials related to the president's marriage initiative.

Bush later said that federal agencies should not employ journalists to
advocate his administration's policies.

Tom Rosenstiel, who directs the Project for Excellence in Journalism,
a Pew-funded group that helps critiques media coverage, said that it
isn't unusual for journalists to interact, on a voluntary basis, with
the entities they cover.

But paying reporters is trickier territory because it raises potential
future conflicts even if the reporter doesn't now cover the
governmental entity writing the check, Rosenstiel said.

"There is a whole industry called public relations staffed with people
who used to be journalists" who could do the work, he said.


The reporters will be expected to start "around March 14." The job
would last for three to four weeks. Journalists will receive
"competitive pay rates," according to the job ad.






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