WATCHERS: Feds paid man $9,000 a month to “MONITOR MEDIA” for negative media coverage — Now trying to cover it up

New Orleans man was paid by U.S. to rate news coverage of oil spill cleanup, AP, September 14, 2010, 6:16 PM

[T]he Coast Guard… [paid]  $9,000 per month for two months to John Brooks Rice of New Orleans, an on-call worker for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, under a no-bid contract to monitor media coverage from late May through July.

Rice told the AP that he compiled print and video news stories and offered his subjective appraisal of the tone of the coverage. “From reading and watching the media I would create reports,” he said. “I reported either positive coverage, negative coverage, misinformation coverage.”

The Coast Guard provided the AP with a copy of two of Rice’s printouts of news stories but didn’t respond to a request for copies of his reports rating the tone of news stories. Rice said he had already deleted them. The AP requested copies of all Rice’s reports under the Freedom of Information Act but hasn’t received them. …

The Coast Guard said it didn’t ask for competitive bids because it urgently needed the work done. In the newly released federal data, the government didn’t disclose Rice’s name, instead misidentifying him as “miscellaneous foreign contractors.”

Read the report here.

4 comments to WATCHERS: Feds paid man $9,000 a month to “MONITOR MEDIA” for negative media coverage — Now trying to cover it up

  • Shocking! The US Government is monitoring the media for negative coverage. IMHO $18,000. was a bargain at that price; Rice must have been half asleep to have accepted such a meager sum. And besides, I thought Soros had bought all news sources within the United States over the past several years. This includes even small rural papers.

    FEMA is not a ‘help-the-people’ arm of the government. Hurricane katrina proved that: Trap humanity in a huge cage and shoot the vermin if they try to escape.

    FEMA is concerned with government owned property, and making more of it available to profit from. In the meanwhile, people who cannot afford to leave are breathing in their early death. BP is surely counting on it.

    May God embrace and protect each of you.

  • The story also said that PR Firm experts stated that for the services indicated in the story, 2 t 4 thousand would have been a price for that with a good firm. What the Coast Guard paid for would buy a lot more.

    No one is wondering why the search engines suck so bad lately? Or why FB is being trolled to death at anti-Boycott sites?

    Why local Gulf News hardly makes it out through MSM outlets but hits the blogosphere first?

    18,000 is a lot of claims for just an analysis of news.

  • The $2000-$4000 referred to would serve as a retainer, not as payment in full.

    Also, AP pays $1000 per day per person for their news coverage.

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