Commanders should think of journalists as they do the weather—not try to control what they report.
Recently, I received an email from a senior enlisted man with whom I'd served in Iraq. He wanted to know if I would be returning soon to cover the war. He expressed disappointment after I told him I was busy with other projects. "Short of Ollie," he said, referring to retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North of FOX News, "you are one of the very few journalists we can trust." 1