Rolling Stone Writer Denied ‘Embed’ with Troops in Afghanistan

Posted on August 3, 2010

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What’s amazing here is not that the writer was denied an embed with troops, but that after the fallout regarding his last story on General McChrystal, the guy would have the audacity to even ask to tag along again.

From the AP via Breitbart:

The author of the Rolling Stone article that ended the military career of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former top commander in Afghanistan, has been denied permission to join U.S. troops fighting in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said Tuesday.

Defense Department spokesman Col. David Lapan told reporters that freelance writer Michael Hastings was rebuffed when he asked to accompany, or “embed,” with American forces next month.

The rejection came as the Pentagon ramped up an internal investigation into the circumstances behind some of the most salacious material Hastings used in his article in Rolling Stone. The Army inspector general is interviewing current and former McChrystal aides, The Associated Press has learned.

The inspector general’s review began shortly after Rolling Stone published the article that torpedoed McChrystal’s three-decade Army career.

The inspector general, an independent investigator, is considering whether officers were insubordinate and how far up the chain of command responsibility for decisions involving the Hastings interviews extended, officials said. Defense officials outlined the investigation on condition of anonymity because it is ongoing and has reached no conclusions.

Hastings quoted McChrystal and his aides criticizing and mocking Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden. McChrystal was recalled to Washington and fired.

Lapan acknowledged that it’s “fairly rare” for the military to turn way a reporter who wants to embed with front-line troops.

There is no right to embed,” Lapan said. “It is a choice made between units and individual reporters, and a key element of an embed is having trust that the individuals are going to abide by the ground rules. So in that instance the command in Afghanistan decided there wasn’t the trust requisite and denied this request.” (emphasis mine)

I guess that about sums it up right there, doesn’t it?