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RS: There Was More We Didn’t Publish

From The Hill:

Rolling Stone editor: There was more we didn’t publish

By Eric Zimmermann – 06/22/10

A top editor at Rolling Stone said Tuesday morning that his reporters gathered even more anecdotes and quotes from Gen. Stanley McChrystal that couldn’t be published because they were off the record

And we are supposed to believe that all the other smart-assed quotes, with all the ‘f-bombs’ and sophomoric humor were ‘on the record’? Sure, they were.

On Tuesday morning, Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates suggested that the magazine gathered even more devastating information that could not be published.

"They said a lot of stuff to us off the record that’s not in the story, so we respected all those boundaries," Bates told MSNBC’s "Morning Joe."

In case there were still any shred of doubt about the true motives of and the reporter involved. Here they are trying to suggest that they had much worse things, but are holding them back because of their concerns about decorum.

But don’t worry, if Rolling Stone had a more ‘damning material,’ they would have published it.

Just look at the subtitle of their article: “Stanley McChrystal, Obama’s top commander in Afghanistan, has seized control of the war by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”

A casual reader could mistakenly believe that was a reference to something said or at least strongly implied by General McChrystal or his staff. It is not. In fact, it is a purposeful and misleading lie.

Bates said the magazine has gotten zero pushback from McChrystal’s people.

"No. No, I haven’t heard that," Bates said when asked whether McChrystal has claimed the magazine misquoted him. "Didn’t hear that during the course of the story. I didn’t hear that in his apology."

If you read the article, there are very few damning direct quotes from Gen. McChrystal himself — or, for that matter, even from his aides. So what exactly is there to deny?

Most of the criticism in the article is actually directed at General McChrystal, the current ‘Rules of Engagement’ and the McChrystal/Obama Afghanistan ‘counter-intelligence’ strategy (COIN).

But when has our media ever let the facts get in the way of a high tech lynching?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “RS: There Was More We Didn’t Publish”

  1. bobbys

    I smell a Pulitzer Prize here,.

    Lets see they have articles about washed up 60s rock stars, Brittney spears, Lady Ga Ga, washed up 70s rock stars , Lindsey Lohan, washed up 80s rock stars, Near naked young girl singers on the cover, washed up 90s rock stars now the hit piece on a General speaking against the Chosen one.

  2. proreason

    This didn’t happen by chance, either on McChrystals side or the Moron’s side.

    The General isn’t so stupid that he didn’t understand what was happening. And to think the boy king wasn’t involved from the get-go would be the height of naïveté.

    Don’t be surprised if it turns out that they are in it together.

    Kabuki theatre……for your viewing pleasure.

    and oh, by the by, amnesty marches on. Kagan marches on. Crap and tax hasn’t slowed down an iota. B lago can’t get to page 20. Have you heard anything about Sestek lately? The initiatives to control the internet continue apace. The criminals are rewriting Obamycare with no legal authority. The oil spill is off the front pages. Iran’s centrigues are spinning. Israel is getting more marginalized…..well, you get the idea.

    Gotta run.

    I hear there are some good gladiator fights at the Coliseum.

    • wterrier

      Hey Pro,
      Totally agree 100% Kabuki Theater. Some reports even say the RS article had to be vetted, so McChrystal knew what was going to be published in advance. And a 4-star General (and his entire Staff!) engaging in Insubordination while a Rolling Stone (known anti-Military magazine) reporter takes notes?

  3. LarryG

    How commendable of Rolling Stone. I suspect most of what they published was off the record unlike the comments McArthur made during the Korean war. RS has done a nice smack down on America and our military and must just be just oozing with glee and pride. However, I do have an issue with the lack of judgement in letting these guttersnipes get that close. And the rickety bus just keeps wobbling on on its wobbly wheels.




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