- Oct 18, 2009
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/homeland-security-to-compile-database-of-journalists-media-influencers/ar-AAvzs68?li=BBnb7KzThe Department of Homeland Security posted a contract request this week for "Media Monitoring Services," which will compile a database of hundreds of thousands of journalists, bloggers and "media influencers" for the federal government.
The work request also seeks the ability to build lists of journalists based on beat, location, outlet type/size and journalist role. Creating an online "media influence database" is also included.
DHS spokesman Tyler Q. Houlton tweeted that "despite what some reporters may suggest," this is "standard."
"Any suggestion otherwise is fit for tin foil hat wearing, black helicopter conspiracy theorists," Houlton wrote.
Seriously? Compiling a database of journalists doesn't sound quite "standard" in our country. Something's not kosher in Denmark.