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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-06 12:31 PM
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16. TV Guide: Military Interns Booted From CNN, NPR
Of curse, the MI-Complex wouldn't do any domestic propaganda. Would they?

Military Interns Booted From CNN, NPR

How Did Army Officers Get Into The News Business?

TV Guide April 15-21, 2000
The Robins Report By J. Max Robins

Top executives at CNN and National Public Radio were more than a bit surprised when they learned that their organizations had used interns from a rather nontraditional source-the United States Army's Psychological Operations unit (PSYOP).

"We have interns from all over the world, but they are accredited journalists or studying ," says Eason Jordan, CNN president of news gathering and international networks. "But those interns had no business being here."

Both internship programs were ended shortly after top management learned of their existence.

A highly specialized unit of the military, PSYOP personnel are often trained in the production of videos as well as television and radio programming used to advance American policy abroad. "In Somalia, we broadcast on radio and shortwave," says Lt. Col. Paul J. Mullin. "We've helped countries in South America produce antidrug public-service announcements."

According to CNN executives and military officials, the intern program began last June and ended in March. A total of five PSYOP sergeants were assigned to the network's Atlanta headquarters-two at the Southeast bureau, two at CNN Radio and one at the satellite department. At NPR's Washington, D.C., base, three PSYOP personnel worked for periods ranging from six weeks to four months from September 1998 through May 1999 on such programs as All Things Considered and Morning Edition.


That would be wrong. Wouldn't it?
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