EARLY BIRD GROUNDED
The Pentagon recently ended its widely read news clipping service known as the Early Bird, citing the availability of online electronic news outlets.
Army Col. Steve Warren, director of Pentagon press operations, stated in a memo disclosed by the Pentagon’s American Forces Press Service that canceling the clipping service after 48 years was based on the availability of online news.
“Early in our careers, there was no way to know what was being written in the major newspapers unless we had physical access to those publications. The Early Bird was our source of information,” Col. Warren stated. “Today, anyone can view anything written in real time from nearly any spot on Earth.”
Larry Di Rita, former assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said the cancellation is long overdue.
“It turned out to be easier to cancel outdated weapon systems and close unneeded military installations than it was to finally save the taxpayer some