I've posted about the press several times recently but THIS post seems to jump to mind. More particularly, this quote from General W.T. Sherman, penned in a slightly different context, yet apropos:
“They encumber our transports, occupy state rooms to the exclusion of officers on duty, they eat our provisions, they swell the crowd of hangers on, and increase the impedimenta. They publish without stint positive information of movements past & prospective, organizations, names of commanders, and accurate information which reaches the enemy with as much regularity as it does our People. They write up one class of officers and down another, and fan the flames of discord and jealousy. Being in our very midst, catching expressions dropped by officers, clerks, and orderlies, and being keen expert men they detect movements and give notice of them. So that no matter how rapidly we move, our enemy has notice in advance. To them more than to any other cause do I trace the many failures that attend our army. While they cry about blood & slaughter they are the direct cause of more bloodshed than fifty times their number of armed Rebels. Never had an enemy a better corps of spies than our army carries along, paid, transported, and fed by the United States.”And, yes, I know, the sainted watchdogs at the Wapo are claiming that the purpose of the story is a desire to reduce redundancy and waste across government agencies by application of sunlight.
We'll see about that..
Stay tuned for the story early next week.
Doesn't matter what administration it is, what century it is, what wars are being waged.
Constant as the sun moon and stars in the sky.