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Marine HQ makes jihad on Marine Times

I think public institutions always look bad when they try to suppress or punish publications that have been critical of them — in this case, Marine Corps leaders vs. the Marine Corps Times. It makes it look like the Marine Corps commandant can’t take the heat.

Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans/ Marine Corps
Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans/ Marine Corps
Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans/ Marine Corps

I think public institutions always look bad when they try to suppress or punish publications that have been critical of them -- in this case, Marine Corps leaders vs. the Marine Corps Times. It makes it look like the Marine Corps commandant can't take the heat.

I think public institutions always look bad when they try to suppress or punish publications that have been critical of them — in this case, Marine Corps leaders vs. the Marine Corps Times. It makes it look like the Marine Corps commandant can’t take the heat.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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