Pentagon tightens rules on military interaction with media

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The Pentagon has created new rules governing the military’s interaction with the media, following Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s loose-lipped appearance in Rolling Stone. Yesterday, for the first time since the controversial new rules were announced, Defense Secretary Robert Gates faced the press.

Todd Zwillich went to the press conference to try and sort out the new policy. John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times (and former war correspondent) talks about what this means for journalists in the field and for the public who depends on the news during wartime.

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