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Pentagon Accidentally Sends Reporter Spin On How To Mislead Public On Puerto Rico

The Pentagon accidentally sent misleading talking points on how to spin the crisis in Puerto Rico to Bloomberg reporter Christopher Flavelle.

The Pentagon accidentally sent misleading talking points on how to spin the crisis in Puerto Rico to Bloomberg reporter Christopher Flavelle according to Bloomberg.

Sept. 28: Eight days after Maria hit, coverage of the federal government’s response is getting more negative.

The Government Message: Pentagon officials tell staff to emphasize “coverage of life-saving/life-sustaining operations” and for spokespeople to avoid language about awaiting instructions from FEMA, “as that goes against the teamwork top-line message.”

Sept. 29: San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz criticizes Washington’s spin, calling Puerto Rico a “people-are-dying story.”

The Government Message: FEMA talking points ignore Cruz, instructing its officials to say that “the federal government’s full attention is on Hurricane Maria response.”

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