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Octafish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-07-06 01:02 PM
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20. Chicago Tribune: U.S. pays PR guru to make its points
Gee. There's big bucks involved.



U.S. pays PR guru to make its points

-- Firm's Pentagon work is lucrative, and top secret


By Stephen J. Hedges
Washington Bureau
Chicago Tribune
12 May 2002

http://www.chicagotribune.com/templates/misc/printstory.jsp?slug=chi%2D0205120237may12
http://www.antiwar.com/latest.html

WASHINGTON -- When U.S. troops go into a war zone, John Rendon is rarely far behind.

He was in Panama in 1989 for the brief invasion that toppled strongman Manuel Noriega. He was in Kuwait when allied forces took it back from Saddam Hussein in 1991, making sure that citizens had little American flags to wave for the conquering troops and television cameras. He has worked in Haiti and in the Balkans, and is now fully engaged in the war against terrorism.

But John Rendon is not a military officer, government adviser, diplomat, spy or journalist. He is, to use his own words, "an information warrior and a perception manager."

Rendon makes images, manipulates scenes and manages news. He advises politicians and spreads propaganda.

Rendon and his public-relations firm, The Rendon Group, have many clients, but none bigger--or more loyal--than the U.S. government.

Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the Pentagon gave Rendon a $100,000-a-month contract to track foreign news reports and offer advice on media strategy. Rendon also worked for the Defense Department in the Balkans, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

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http://cndyorks.gn.apc.org/news/articles/usprguru.htm



Who'd a thought journalists could be paid so much?

Is is possible for honest ones to get that kind of money?
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