July 12th, 2010
03:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Pentagon memo outlines military, media interaction in Afghanistan

Washington (CNN)– A Defense Department memo obtained by CNN Monday outlines "consensus recommendations" on how the U.S. military should interact with members of the media in relation to the war in Afghanistan.

Among other things, the memo includes a recommendation of weekly briefings for Pentagon press by military officials in the field. It also calls for "consistent media engagement by our most credible interlocutors."

It cites a "need to more effectively explain and sustain public understanding of [the Afghan] mission, goals, complexities and direct relevance to national security."

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  1. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    Hey, the 'Five O Clock Follies' all over again. Lets just call it, Vietnam 2: The Empire Strikes Back. We all know how that ended, right?

    July 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    In other words, they are going to the propaganda side.

    July 12, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. Rick in OP

    My son found out the hard way as a young lieutenant in Iraq that the "news media" can be almost as hazardous as an IED or an RPG.
    Soldiers should keep the following in mind with regard to the mainstream media:

    The news media is not your friend.

    The news media probably does not like you.

    The news media will screw you just to get a story.

    Just ask General McChrystal.

    July 12, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  4. jeff, alabama

    Keep the media out of the war zones.
    That ought to work just fine.

    July 12, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. Malty

    Just like Obama, control the information.

    Of course, our media 'watchdogs' have been sleeping for well over 2 years now–that includes CNN.

    July 12, 2010 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    ...and no referencing cabinet-level civilians or above with terms pertaining to intimate behavior between two consenting adults ( i.e., Vice President Bite Me ), even when in an unofficial capacity where intoxicating beverages may be shared with said media representatives.

    July 12, 2010 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  7. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    The new agenda should only allow Penthouse Play Boy and Mad Magazine .

    July 12, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    I am a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army serving two tours in Vietnam and Desert Storm. I tell you if all the GIs would turn their weapons on the media far more could get done on the front. Consider them as enemies. For they are not there to do you a favor. They will sensationalize any story that will degrade the American Fighting man. Plus if they can find out you attack maneuvers and when it will take place they will blare it to the moon. They are not patriotic to America only to themselves and how much money they can make with a scoop. I personally am sick of them for they cost many, many American lives in Nam.

    July 12, 2010 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |