When I was asked to appear on this panel, I asked myself: Why are we doing this again? How many panels have we had on the military and the media? I bring a little different view to this whole subject, and that is, if we haven't figured this out yet on the military side and on the media side, we're not half as smart as I think we are.
From the military perspective, there is something we need to understand. This is a democracy, and a free press is the fundamental underpinning of everything that we stand for, fight for, and believe in. Now, it doesn't make any difference then whether you like the media or you don't like the media—they're here to stay.
It's the same situation that I face now as the leader of a public company. I may or may not like the Wall Street analysts who cover our company, and I may or may not like the view that they take, which is sometimes short-term versus long-term, but, too bad. I can't change that. I have to deal with analysts because they are there and it's my responsibility to figure out how to deal with them.