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‘Daily Show’: McChrystal’s Balls

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Posted on Jun 24, 2010
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What was Gen. Stanley McChrystal thinking when he allowed Rolling Stone reporter Michael Hastings the kind of access that several other members of the media can only marvel about obsessively in this “Daily Show” clip? Speaking of talking heads, Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson reveals that she harbors some serious delusions of grandeur as she compares her own job to that of our nation’s president.  —KA

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By D.R. Zing, June 27, 2010 at 8:53 pm Link to this comment

That one journalist/talk-show host commenting about how the Rolling Stone reporter obviously wasn’t concerned about having access in the future says it all. 

Journalism is absolutely terrible because of this wink wink nudge nudge relationship between reporters and the people they interview about what is on the record and what is off the record —all based on the journalist wanting to make it big and the politician eying a spot on cable news when the political gig is up. 

People like David Gergen are ruining journalism, a government employee one day, a talk-show analyst the next. They go to parties with government officials. They play golf with government officials.  They then make a living pretending they’re giving the inside view when what they’re really doing is giving an inside screw to you and me. 

But, yes, the general was fired for giving an interview with Rolling Stone. Everyone should actually read the article (  It points out how stupid the war is. It gives logic to that argument. It quotes academics who buttress the argument. That’s why the general was relieved of command.

There’s an unwritten rule in journalism, particularly television journalism, from PBS to Fox, that no one can give a good argument against the war. They can talk about public opinion. They can express their views on the strategy and whether the tactics supporting the strategy are good or bad.

But no one can come right out and say the war is bullshit, give good arguments for ending it, and cite sources to support the argument—not if they want future appearances on PBS and Fox News. 

The general gave an international forum to a publication that wants the war to end and puts forth a good argument for ending it. 

Bad general.

Insinuating a text message is like piss running down your leg is one thing.

Acknowledging the Afghanistan war is wrong and bad is quite another.

It could lead to a staff infection.

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By Spooky-43, June 26, 2010 at 7:14 am Link to this comment

What I do is like being president of the US.  I play golf every other day, go to at least one party a week, spend money like hell, and get virtually nothing done around the house.

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By iconoclast.o.matic, June 25, 2010 at 9:02 am Link to this comment

Oh come on, now!
What she does is JUST LIKE being the president of the United States (well, maybe during the last administration).

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By mkent, June 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm Link to this comment

Do any of these Faux people at Faux news ever stop playing make-believe?  What a complete bimbo.

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