We're not all stooges
The New York Times report Sunday on how the Pentagon used a group of former generals to buttress its claims about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has produced the usual denunciations of the Mainstream Media.
Some military commentators, however, weren't buying and didn't allow themselves to be bullied. See, for example, McClatchy columnist Joe Galloway's memorable account of a 2005 lunch with then-defense secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.
UPDATE: From Sen. Carl Levin's office ...
Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., has asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to investigate claims laid out by the New York Times on April 20 that the Pentagon gave special treatment to retired military personnel who served as TV analysts in support of the administration’s policies.
"While the media clearly have their own shortfalls for paying people to provide 'independent' analysis when they have such real and apparent conflicts, that doesn't excuse the Department’s behavior in giving both special treatment and valuable access to analysts who provide commentary in favor of DoD's strategy, while not offering similar access to some other analysts and cutting off access to others who didn’t deliver as expected," Levin wrote in a letter to Gates.
A copy of Levin's letter to Gates can be viewed here (.pdf format).