Rolling Stone McChrystal Reporter Denied Embed Post
Writer's 'not trustworthy,' says official
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 4, 2010 1:58 AM CDT
Updated Aug 4, 2010 6:18 AM CDT
Gen. Stanley McChrystal speaks at a retirement ceremony at Fort McNair in Washington last month.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

(Newser) – The Rolling Stone reporter who got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired has been denied permission to join US troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon announced. "There is no right to embed," said Defense Department spokesman David Lapan. "A key element of an embed is having trust that the individuals are going to abide by the ground rules. The command in Afghanistan decided there wasn't the trust requisite and denied this request." Some officials have charged that reporter Michael Hastings failed to follow ground rules when they claim he printed "off the record" comments in which McChrystal viciously criticized Obama administration officials on the war.

Hastings, in turn, has called those claims lies, and pointed to the fact that he was about to get an embed position as proof that the Pentagon trusted him. "There's actually an embed that's waiting for me in Afghanistan," he said at a luncheon last week hosted by the American Society of Magazine Editors. The Pentagon has ramped up its investigation into the McChrystal interview, extending its probe to the former general's aides to determine what information they may have provided to Hastings, reports AP.

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vicpowers
Aug 4, 2010 11:37 AM CDT
i wouldn't give that "reporter" - and i use the term in the loosest sense of the word - the sweat off my ballsack... he schemed his way into their group and led them to where he wanted... eff off, effhead... hope you enjoy the view from some craphole "hotel" - again, i use the term in the loosest sense of the word - waiting for some poor HERO to talk to your sorry, unpatriotic, hemmeroidal ass about how HE went out and helped save the world that day... you don't DESERVE to be mentioned in the same breath with MEN such as them...
JoeQ
Aug 4, 2010 11:29 AM CDT
In the immortal words of George W Bush, "Fool me once, shame on — shame on you. Fool me — you can't get fooled again". http://politicalhumor.about.com/od/bushvideos/youtube/bushfoolme.htm
mockingbird
Aug 4, 2010 10:00 AM CDT
Dear Amy, I had a lovely, extended date with a girl the other day. This date ended with me kicking her in the head. She now seems to be avoiding my calls. What happened? - Confused in New York _____________________________________ While I think that McChrystal displayed idiocy unbefitting an Officer in being so candid with a reporter, anyone not expecting that this reporter would not then be blacklisted from embed is delusional.