The Rolling Stone profile of General Stanley
McChrystal, in which the general and his men appear highly critical of
the White House, has already resulted
in a formal apology from McChrystal and a summons to Washington. Many are calling
for McChrystal to be fired, while others are making the case
for keeping him.
video of Rolling Stone editor Eric Bates being interviewed on CNN isn't
likely to calm the waters. Bates says McChrystal was in the room when
his men made some of the harshest reported remarks about
the Obama administration. He also notes that since the article went through
rigorous fact-checking, McChrystal could hardly have been unaware what was coming. The subtext seems to be this: it's hard to paint this
as all a big misunderstanding or a mistake.
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