Brass orders Marine Corps Times be moved from checkout lanes

Marine Corps Times

The independent Marine Corps Times will no longer be available in the checkout lanes of exchange stores on bases, Lance M. Bacon reports. Paid newspapers will only be available in the back of such stores. The paper has investigated "allegations the service’s commandant, Gen. Jim Amos, abused his authority to ensure Marines were punished for an embarrassing war-zone scandal," Bacon writes.

Spokesmen for the commandant’s office would not answer questions about whether Amos or his staff were aware of or involved in the decision to relocate the newspaper, but a source with knowledge of the new directive said it was approved with the commandant’s knowledge.

“It is no secret [in the Pentagon] that the commandant does not like Marine Corps Times,” the source said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The COO for the service's Semper Fit and Exchange Services Division told Bacon the Times "is not consistent with the Marine Corps 'brand.' "

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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