As anyone wqho follows my posts knows I am no fan of journalism, government communications or, with a few notable exceptions, the people who practice both;* but I agree with milnews.ca in both aim and execution:
1. Everyone, including journalists, is welcome here and we, members of the military family and other interested participants, should treat all members with the respect and courtesy the "house rules" demand. Journalists - those who come here to learn - are a bit more welcome than others and a bit more 'deserving' of our help because what they learn here, good and bad, can be, likely will be, used to inform other Canadians; and
2. Just as some members offer patient assistance to newcomers and would-be CF members in our recruiting threads, we should be no less patient and helpful, and above all honest, with journalists who may also have questions that appear ill informed;
3. Please, please pay attention to milnews.ca's admonition about remembering for whom you are entitled to speak: yourself, yourself only; you do not speak for me, or the other folks in your platoon or unit and, above all, you do not, you cannot speak for the CF - that's the CDS' job and he is better paid than you to do it.
* I have no brief for or against corporate communications - I do not expect corporations to be any more honest (with you and me) than the law requires.