Just days ago, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was lauded for his candor regarding the deplorable conditions at Water Reed Medical Center, saying he was "grateful to reporters for bringing this problem to our attention, but very disappointed we did not identify it ourselves."
Today we have this report from the front page of the Army Times which suggests the brass there have reacted differently...
Soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Medical Hold Unit say
they have been told they will wake up at 6 a.m. every morning and have
their rooms ready for inspection at 7 a.m., and that they must not
speak to the media.
"Some soldiers believe this is a form of
punishment for the trouble soldiers caused by talking to the media,"
one Medical Hold Unit soldier said, speaking on the condition of
Soldiers say their sergeant major gathered troops at 6
p.m. Monday to tell them they must follow their chain of command when
asking for help with their medical evaluation paperwork, or when they
spot mold, mice or other problems in their quarters.
One would assume that this 'crackdown' on media coverage would accompany a real effort to improve the conditions at Walter Reed. But then, if not for the media coverage, one wouldn't have assumed the conditions at Walter Reed were in need of improvement in the first place.