Pentagon Clamps Down on Media After McChrystal

Tuesday, 06 Jul 2010 03:51 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
WASHINGTON – The Pentagon acknowledged on Tuesday confusion over new rules guiding the U.S. military's engagement with the media but said they would not create an "iron curtain" curtailing reporters' access at a crucial moment in the unpopular Afghan war.

The rules, issued by Defense Secretary Robert Gates in a July 2 memo and first reported by the New York Times over the weekend, follow the June 23 firing of the top U.S. general in Afghanistan over an explosive Rolling Stone magazine article.

Pentagon officials said the rules were in the works long before the publication of the article about General Stanley McChrystal, in which he and top aides made disparaging remarks about President Barack Obama and his civilian advisers.

But they acknowledged that the McChrystal debacle was an example of what Gates, in his memo, called a "lax" approach to engagement with the media.

Under the new rules, U.S. military and civilian defense officials must contact Gates' public affairs office "prior to interviews or any other means of media and public engagement with possible national or international implications."

The Pentagon would be able to advise against engagements, officials said, raising concerns in the media that the rules would ultimately curtail access.

"It will not have a chilling effect. It will not be an iron curtain. It will not change substantially how people deal with the media," said Colonel David Lapan, a Pentagon spokesman.

Lapan said his office was also working to address uncertainty within the U.S. military over the new rules.

Pentagon public affairs officials say the Defense Department was given virtually no advance notice about the McChrystal article, which resulted in the biggest military shake-up of Obama's presidency.

In the article, McChrystal made belittling remarks about Vice President Joe Biden and the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Richard Holbrooke. His aides were quoted calling White House national security adviser Jim Jones a "clown."

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Mali's Islamists Withdraw Cease-Fire Pledge

Friday, 04 Jan 2013 13:06 PM

Tens of thousands of Fatah supporters rallied in the Hamas stronghold of Gaza on Friday for the first time since they we . . .

Fmr. CIA Director Hayden: Iran Nuclear Crisis Gets 'Scarier'

Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 18:11 PM

 . . .

Join Fmr. CIA Director for Special Iran Briefing, Assess the Danger

Friday, 13 Jul 2012 12:27 PM

 . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved