Obama administration reportedly wants TV networks to censor ISIS footage
The Obama administration wants the media to stop using ISIS footage during newscasts, according to Politico, because it's inaccurate.
"We are urging broadcasters to avoid using the familiar B-roll that we've all seen before, file footage of ISIL convoys operating in broad daylight, moving in large formations with guns out, looking to wreak havoc," Emily Horne, a spokeswoman for retired Gen. John Allen, the State Department's special envoy leading the fight against ISIS, told Politico.
"It's inaccurate — that's no longer how ISIL moves," she added.
The administration has reportedly began contacting networks one-by-one to suggest news sources switch to using more U.S.-friendly videos, such as Iraqi army soldiers being trained, or footage from coalition airstrikes.
Officials are also concerned that much of the video comes straight from ISIS-propaganda, allowing the terror group to have too much control over the message.
ISIS is playing television "like a fiddle," Col. Steven Warren said
But the media hasn't been the only group disseminating these images. Politicians are using propaganda videos, too. Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton both used the footage in campaign ads.
But is there any way to stop the flow of ISIS propaganda from appearing on screens?
"We live in a tremendously visual age, and we see this all the time, if you can't have images to illustrate your journalism be it video images or photo images, you hit a bit of a dead wall," Agence France-Presse editor-in-chief Phil Chetwynd told Vice.