Since his passing, Colin Powell has been lauded as a statesman, patriot, and trailblazer for Black Americans. As a journalist, I saw another dimension to him: He was a model official in his respect for the First Amendment, and the information he provided to reporters, much of it on the record. You would never hear him deploring “fake news,” even when the reporter got something wrong. Colin saw briefing the press as one of his responsibilities, and he never misled us intentionally.
In my first face-to-face meeting with Gen.