Thursday, January 25, 2007

The Raw Story | Raw obtains CENTCOM email to bloggers

The Raw Story Raw obtains CENTCOM email to bloggers: "An email sent by United States Central Command (CENTCOM) to bloggers about the 'global war on terror' (GWOT) has been obtained by RAW STORY.
CENTCOM announced earlier this year that a team of employees would be '[engaging] bloggers who are posting inaccurate or untrue information, as well as bloggers who are posting incomplete information.'
The email was not addressed to RAW STORY.
'The main interest is to drive their readers to our site,' Maj. Richard J. McNorton, chief of CENTCOM 'engagement operations' said in a March release.
In the same announcement, McNorton said that the emails have a 'viral effect,' as many bloggers then link to the CENTCOM website, driving Internet news consumers to CENTCOM's Web site.
'Now [online readers] have the opportunity to read positive stories. At least the public can go there and see the whole story,' he insisted. 'The public wants to hear these good stories.'"

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