Stars & Stripes reports that the Rendon Group PR firm is screening journalists who request to be “embedded” with U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan. The Pentagon acknowledges Rendon rates the reporters based on their prior coverage of the military, but insists they’re not rejecting embed requests based on negative coverage. Journalism Professor Bob Zelnick, a former ABC News foreign correspondent, says only the news outlets should choose which reporter to embed.
“Any departure from this practice, such as screening the reporters on policy or ideological grounds, would be inexcusable.”
Contact Bob Zelnick, 617-353-5007, firstname.lastname@example.org