The President, the op-ed warriors, the talk-show pundits, everyone who manages to publicize his opinion, all keep reminding us that our response to terrorism really is a new and different kind of war. They are right, of course. But there is a more familiar conflict that crops up at times like these and neither side seems to have learned much from past fights. Once again, government spin doctors have rushed to the barricades in a doomed effort to control the media. Once again, the media are firing back by whining about censorship and over-classification of information that ought to be in the public domain. It is high time that both sides got together and hammered out some rules of engagement.
Nobody Asked Me, But ... Pentagon versus the Media: Still at War?
By Lieutenant Colonel Richard Seamon, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (Retired)