"Before the media goes overboard extolling the virtues of Bob Gates as the replacement for Don Rumsfeld, it is important to look back at Gates' record and reputation. Gates has some "splaining" to do. The press has forgotten that Bob Gates, during his time at CIA, acquired a reputation for trying to tailor intelligence to satisfy political masters in the Reagan White House. In addition, Bob Gates, a man of enormous intellect and a photographic memory, conveniently forgot salient facts and meetings surrounding the Iran Contra scandal."
"CNN has a profile of Gates up on its web site. It's nothing special -- just the standard bio of a career securiticrat. But the story includes not one word about Gates' role in the Iran-Contra scandal, which back in the day was actually considered rather newsworthy. In fact it's about the only incident in Gates' long career in the secret government that's even worth mentioning. But apparently it's been dropped down the CNN memory hole.
The brilliant thing about having a semi-official instead of an official press is that you can train it to censor itself."
update - starroute has lots more downstairs in the comments, including:
I haven't had a chance to really dig into this, but what Parry says about Gates -- combined with Gates' alleged role in the October Surprise -- tends to link him to the Ledeen/Clarridge gang, who were so tied to the idea of the Soviet Union as the source of all terrorism.