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An Embedded Reporter’s Thoughts On His Own Background Report

tobia.jpgToday, FishbowlLA points to a True/Slant blog post by P.J. Tobia, a journalist who has been embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan. In his post, Tobia writes about his background check by the Rendon Group, which he had obtained.

Earlier this week, an article in Stars & Stripes about such background checks raised questions in the journalism community. (It was even a topic on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.) So Tobia’s insight as someone scrutinized by the Rendon Group is worth reading. He also posts excerpts of his own report.

Although Tobia admits that he doesn’t think the reports are a violation, he called them “creepy,” and said the military should be honest about them:

“Most troubling by far is that when S&S asked the military about Rendon, they denied the existence of these reports. I’m holding one of these reports in my hand right now, trust me, it exists. I’ve also met people who work for The Rendon Group in Kabul. In conversations, they deny that there is any nefarious objective to what they do.”

You can read all of Tobia’s thoughts here.

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