Extremists Winning Media War

By AMY WESTFELDT, Associated Press Writer

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Amy Westfeldt (reporter at the New York meeting this afternoon) where Defense Secretary Rumsfeld gave a lecture at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, which outlined the serious:

..."unacceptable, dangerous deficiency," of the Western media, in responses, global communications, and effectability in responding adequately. Then comparing this with Extremists, who have...(as Amy quotes)...skillfully adapted to fighting wars in today's media age, but for the most part we — our country, our government — has not adapted."

The rest of article Quotations:

"Al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups have poisoned the Muslim public's view of the United States through deft use of the Internet and other modern communications methods that the American government has failed to master."

"The battle for public opinion is at least as important as the battles on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"In some cases, military public affairs officials have had little communications training and little, if any, grounding in the importance of timing and rapid response, and the realities of digital and broadcast media,"he said.

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