Just in case you missed today's Kojo Nmandi Show (and well, for those outside of the DC area, there would - probably - be no reason to be listening to it, in the first place), I thought I'd highlight the special guest he had: Phil Strub, the Director of Entertainment Media at the Department of Defense. In short, Pentagon's "Hollywood Liaison", that Al Jazeera kept talking about all this time.
Quite an interesting discussion, I should say, especially given that he seems to be the guy behind the scenes, rarely in the limelight. Especially not on a radio talk show all the time.
Interesting points to emphasize:
- He did acknowledge, quite openly, the "marketing" and "recruitment" objectives of all the Pentagon-supported movies.
- He would not accept any suggestion about attempted manipulation or censorship of scripts...
- ... although he did acknowledge the need for the movies to represent the Pentagon in a positive light to receive any kind of support or guidance.
- While Strub would not say that "Act of Valor" was a "Pentagon-made" film, he did talk about the fact that the initiative came from DoD itself for the purposes of recruitment.
Manipulation? Not really.
Then, perhaps, "image management" (not to use the term "perception")...?