The BBC’s website today published a report that the Pentagon is paying close attention to the content of any videos posted online by military personnel. Though there’s no specific policy forbidding such posts, the report says, there is some concern among the top brass that graphic images of carnage and destruction might send the, um, wrong message.
The BBC has not been able to confirm that contractors are scouring the internet for inappropriate material from the military.
But US Central Command — which is responsible for troops in Iraq and Afghanistan — does have a team reading blogs and responding to what they consider inaccuracies about the so-called war on terror.
And a longstanding military public affairs officer in Iraq said the Pentagon is also worried about some of the images that are appearing online.
“There’s continuing concern about the use of these videos and stills being used by our enemies to propagate the false notion that our military members are barbaric, warmongers — which is unequivocally not the case.”
Glad that’s settled. Can somebody let Jimmy Burns know?