Ombudsman columns


New FOIA restrictions deserve 2nd look

Congress is on the verge of granting the Pentagon new rights to exclude from release certain information under the Freedom of Information Act. The measure, which is included in the Senate version of the 2017 National Defense Authorization bill, would exempt from release documents and files relating to military tactics, techniques and procedures, or TTP.


Is Stars and Stripes a liberal rag?

Does Stars and Stripes have an agenda? Is it a liberal newspaper? Is management advocating for Hillary Clinton?


Stars and Stripes can’t invoke FOIA, but it can get around that limitation

A newspaper should inform, entertain and, most important, watch out for its readers. Investigative reporting is at the heart of every newspaper’s First Amendment responsibility and mission. It’s how newspapers act as watchdogs for the communities they serve, questioning and probing policymakers, agencies and institutions.


Don’t rush to judgment on Stars and Stripes funding

The Defense Department is considering a proposal to stop funding Stars and Stripes. Such a cut would likely kill the newspaper. It must not be made in haste or in secret.


My mission: Protect Stars and Stripes’ freedom

About six weeks ago I joined Stars and Stripes as its new ombudsman. That means I’m a sort of outside investigator, both a reader’s advocate and an inspector general of sorts, one with a particular mission to protect Stripes’ press freedoms and to ensure it delivers a fair and balanced product.