For John, BLUF: "Eternal vigilance", as President Thomas Jefferson told us. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From blog of The Oregonian we have this headline—"Forest Service says media needs photography permit in wilderness areas, alarming First Amendment advocates". This appears, to me, to be a blatant Government effort to control news. Here is the link. A license is $1,500.♠
It reminded me of a recent Washington Post article, "Reporters say White House sometimes demands changes to press-pool reports". This is a "biting the hand that feeds you" on the part of The Wash Post. The Post must be concerned about this practice.
Hat tip to the Instapundit, who wants these folks "tarred, feathered, and booted from the civil service".
Regards — Cliff
♠ Strangely, the fine for violating the rule is only $1,000.