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National Journal
Billy House
Feb. 12, 2014, 11:37 a.m.

A House Re­pub­lic­an is seek­ing a hear­ing in­to the Mar­ine Corps’ de­cision to move the Mar­ine Corps Times off prom­in­ent news­tands at the front of base com­mis­sar­ies and ex­changes, call­ing it “a blatant at­tempt to pun­ish” the pub­lic­a­tion for art­icles crit­ic­al of Corps Com­mand­ant Gen. Jim Amos.

Rep. Wal­ter Jones of North Car­o­lina sent a let­ter Monday blast­ing the Corps’ ac­tion as a “rep­re­hens­ible” ef­fort to make the in­de­pend­ent pub­lic­a­tion more dif­fi­cult to find. Jones sent the let­ter to House Armed Ser­vices Mil­it­ary Per­son­nel Sub­com­mit­tee Chair­man Joe Wilson and rank­ing mem­ber Susan Dav­is.

On Wed­nes­day, two days after Jones’s let­ter was sent, the Mar­ine Corps an­nounced it is pla­cing the Gan­nett pub­lic­a­tion back on its usu­al news­tands — at least tem­por­ar­ily.

But Jones, him­self a mem­ber of the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, said later on Wed­nes­day he still wants a hear­ing to look in­to the mat­ter.

“In Amer­ica, a free and open press is crit­ic­al to demo­cracy,” Jones wrote in Monday’s let­ter. “If you start to con­trol what our ser­vice mem­bers read, then we, as a na­tion, have a crit­ic­al prob­lem.”

A state­ment on the ser­vice’s of­fi­cial Face­book page ex­plained the re­versal Wed­nes­day: “Re­ac­tion to the Mar­ine Corps Times’ re­lo­ca­tion demon­strated a clear mis­un­der­stand­ing of in­tent; there­fore, the product will re­turn to its ori­gin­al loc­a­tion pending the out­come and com­mu­nic­a­tion of a more com­pre­hens­ive, pur­pose­ful plan based on our Com­mand­ant’s in­tent as it relates to an em­phas­is on pro­fes­sion­al­ism with­in our Corps.”

But a state­ment from Jones’s of­fice says that “While Con­gress­man Jones wel­comes this de­cision, he re­mains troubled that Mar­ine Corps lead­er­ship has im­plied an in­tent to again re­move the pub­lic­a­tion from its prom­in­ent store loc­a­tion in the fu­ture to cre­ate room for ‘health­i­er food and bever­age choices’ and ‘mil­it­ary lit­er­at­ure from the Com­mand­ant’s Read­ing List.’ “

“This at­tempt by the Mar­ine Corps lead­er­ship to stand in the way of a free and open press is un­ac­cept­able,” Jones said in a state­ment Wed­nes­day. “The Mar­ine Corps Times is a widely read pub­lic­a­tion among mem­bers of our armed forces, as it provides them with crit­ic­al in­form­a­tion re­lated to vari­ous as­pects of their em­ploy­ment and ser­vice to our coun­try.”

Jones has writ­ten a let­ter to the Corps’ deputy com­mand­ant for man­power and re­serve af­fairs, Lt. Gen. Robert E. Mil­stead, re­quest­ing fur­ther de­tails re­gard­ing the ini­tial de­cision to re­lo­cate pub­lic­a­tion with­in the ser­vice’s stores.

In its own story about the de­cision to re­lo­cate its place with base stores and com­mis­sar­ies, the Mar­ine Corps Times on Sunday in­cluded a com­ment from Peter Lun­dquist, the Mil­it­ary Times’ vice pres­id­ent and gen­er­al man­ager.

“For any re­tail­er to hide one of its best-selling products is just bad busi­ness. It ob­vi­ously will hurt our news­stand sales, but it also hurts rev­en­ues to the Ex­change,” Lun­dquist said. “But I’m told this isn’t about busi­ness. Mar­ine Corps Times helps Mar­ines and their fam­il­ies stay in­formed about their ser­vice and their live­li­hood. We be­lieve our in­de­pend­ence is an as­set to Mar­ines.”

“By what stand­ard is Mar­ine Corps Times not pro­fes­sion­ally ori­ented read­ing ma­ter­i­al, and who is set­ting that stand­ard for Mar­ines?” Lun­dquist asked.

The pa­per also noted that throughout much of the past year, it has pub­lished dozens of art­icles as part of an on­go­ing in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to al­leg­a­tions that the ser­vice’s com­mand­ant, Amos, ab­used his au­thor­ity to en­sure Mar­ines were pun­ished for an em­bar­rass­ing war-zone scan­dal.

“Nu­mer­ous re­ports have cap­tured the at­ten­tion of main­stream me­dia out­lets, in­clud­ing NPR, CNN, and Time magazine, among sev­er­al oth­ers,” the pa­per noted.

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