30 March 2010

How slanted is the premise of an article about DoD perception management?

http://www.aolnews.com/nation/article/defense-secretary-robert-gates-orders-review-of-pentagon-information-operations/19412792 by Sharon Weinberger, AOL News contributor

WASHINGTON (March 30) -- "Some eight years ago, a furor broke out over then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's plans to open an office dedicated to influencing foreign audiences. The Office of Strategic Influence was quickly shuttered after publicity of its existence led to accusations that it was a propaganda arm of the Pentagon."
"But the Pentagon's efforts to influence foreign public opinion are again being scrutinized as part of a new review. Defense Secretary Robert Gates last week ordered the two-week review of the military's information operations -- a term used to describe media and information campaigns targeted at foreign audiences but also sometimes referred to as propaganda."

Interesting metacritical dilemma that the author writes from the standpoint of trying to influence you that the DoD is trying to propagandize others.

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