ATF PR sends a memo to field agents
"Public Information Officers:
Please make every effort for the next two weeks to maximize coverage of ATF operations/enforcement actions/arrests at the local and regional level. Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week and upcoming events this week, the bureau should look for every opportunity to push coverage of good stories. Fortunately, the CBS story has not sparked any follow up coverage by mainstream media and seems to have fizzled.
It was shoddy reporting , as CBS failed to air on-the-record interviews by former ATF officials and HQ statements for attribution that expressed opposing views and explained the law and difficulties of firearm trafficking investigations. The CBS producer for the story made only a feigned effort at the 11th hour to reach ATF HQ for comment.
This week (To 3/1/2011), Attorney General Holder testifies on the Hill and likely will get questions about the allegations in the story. Also (3/3/2011), Mexico President Calderon will visit the White House and likely will testify on the Hill. He will probably draw attention to the lack of political support for demand letter 3 and Project Gunrunner.
ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF. The more time we spend highlighting the great work of the agents through press releases and various media outreaches in the coming days and weeks, the better off we will be.
Thanks for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any significant operations that should get national media coverage, please reach out to the Public Affairs Division for support, coordination and clearance.
Scot L. Thomasson
Chief ATF Public Affairs Division"
The last time the ATF wanted good press, they burnt a church down.
Posted by: Kristopher at March 6, 2011 10:47 AM
Posted by: Chuck at March 6, 2011 12:03 PM
Note to self: avoid churches or places with people who want to be left alone, at least until BATFE gets some better PR.
Posted by: Ken at March 6, 2011 12:35 PM
Wow, I just wrote a really good post about the ATF and it got blocked. I can't see any key word that might have caused it to be blocked. Let me try a couple of the words that I used a see if I can sneak this in. It will not be as profound as the one I took some time composing...
Some thing should be remembered, lest they be repeated.
merge with FBI DEA
OK...I'm going to try those words..if this makes it you can fill in the blanks
Posted by: Anonymous at March 6, 2011 02:57 PM
The "hidden" paragraph reads as follows:
"... So NOW would be a good time to find a church full of children, and burn them all alive!
Offices with smaller budgets may suffice by killing a teenager or two, their dogs, and -- should the opportunity present itself (dare we HOPE??!!) a head-shot on a nursing mother is always nice as well!"
Posted by: Dedicated_Dad at March 26, 2011 08:26 PM