Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Mind Trickin'

Beware of Reporters

SANTA FE, NM-July 20, 2005 — Beware of those sneaky reporters and their mind-bending tricks. That's the warning officials are giving employees of New Mexico's Children, Youth and Families Department.

Agency spokesman Matt Dillman says "unscrupulous reporters" will use a "Jedi Mind Trick" to get information.

A memo from Dillman to state workers says they should refer all media questions to him. A union official says public employees are being intimidated.

But Dillman says his memo has been misconstrued. He says agency workers can talk to the media on their own time.

(Copyright 2005 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

[On a related note: was the phrase "Jedi Mind Trick" ever actually used in a Star Wars movie? I can't remember.]

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