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March 21, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Halliburton, the oil and defense services company that was headed by Dick Cheney before he became the U.S. vice president under George W. Bush, now requires any journalist seeking to interview one of its employees in front of a camera to sign a release in which the reporter agrees not to use “the media video in a manner which could cause damage, injury or impairment to Halliburton or to portray Halliburton in a negative light.” The company, of course, has been portrayed in a negative light in numerous broadcast and print reports and full-length books, which raises the question of whether it is now seeking to place a lid on such reporting. On Thursday, the Casper Star-Tribune brought the Halliburton release to the attention of Jim Romanesko, who writes a blog about the state of U.S. journalism. Opinion editor Jeremy Fugleberg attached a note stating, “I’ve previously worked as a reporter and editor covering business and energy. I’ve never seen a request like this, with such a requirement. It makes me wonder: what other media outlet has been asked to sign this? Who’s said yes?”