August 4th, 2010
10:04 AM ET
4 years ago

Rolling Stone reporter denied embed after McChrystal piece

Washington (CNN) - The Rolling Stone magazine journalist whose article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal helped end the Afghanistan commander's career has been denied permission to embed with a military unit in Afghanistan, a Pentagon spokesman told CNN Wednesday.

"Embeds are a privilege, not a right. The unit decided they didn't feel the trust necessary for an embed. They declined," Pentagon spokesman Col. David Lapan said, not specifying which unit was involved.

Michael Hastings, the reporter, said via Twitter that his embed had earlier been approved, then was "disapproved."

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Filed under: issues • Pentagon • Stanley McChrystal
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Bob in Pa

    Good !
    Journalists routinely cross the line to create stories from non-stories in the name of notariaty.

    August 4, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  2. Anonymous

    This is not very surprising. I imagine the people in the unit were worried that if they let loose on personal opinions after a beer or two they would land up as front page news.... maybe they don't trust "off the record" stuff to stay off the record...

    August 4, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  3. g.i. jane

    Reporters should be kept out of war zones.
    Most of them lack common sense and have no loyalty
    to their country.
    A controversial story means much more to them than
    America does.
    If you don't believe it just look how many of them jumped
    on the ground zero mosque band wagon.

    August 4, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. NVa Native

    I can understand people in the government wanting to protect themselves from the scrutiny of the press, but this would have been a great opportunity to show they didn't need protection from the press.

    August 4, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  5. Oy Vey Az

    What a lucky guy.

    It's a dangerous place out there. All kinds of stuff could have happened to him.

    I am sure that the military would feel really badly if some mortal fate were to befall Rolling Stone's journalistic Hastings ... not.

    August 4, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  6. Gerry NH

    They should let the reporter embed with the unit. Then the unit should designate the reporter as point man.

    August 4, 2010 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. Veteran

    I'd let Stones Reporter Michael Hastings embed, and then I'd have him take the point and clear the land mines for the troops.

    If Hastings tried this junk in Vietnam, they'd still be looking for him in the jungles.

    August 4, 2010 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  8. Steve (the real one)

    Good! The war zone is a tough enough without having to baby sit a reporter that those who will protect him cannot trust him! Embedding is NOT A RIGHT!

    August 4, 2010 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    That's known as payback for irresponsible behavior.

    August 4, 2010 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  10. LIP

    He mistakingly thought he was a hero. It's wake up time for this dude. You don't rat out the military.

    August 4, 2010 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  11. Pragmatic

    A wise saying from my mother...

    "If you don't want to hear something a second time, don't say it the first time".

    August 4, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  12. Bill from GA

    Maybe they did it for his own safety. if I was Hastings, I'd stay away from the military for a while.

    August 4, 2010 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. Biased

    The military has enough enemy over there to fight and worry about. Why would they openly want to wake up one morning and see a snake in the grass as well.

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  14. Obama=trickle up poverty

    Good- That weasel needs to crawl back under his rock and stay there. Journalist isn't the word to describe him....weasel is.

    August 4, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  15. Reese

    He sure would not be welcome in my unit but its not up to me. Even when he does get embedded again casual conversation will not will not happen in his prescence. I would want him if he wants to be a decoy in a firefight.

    August 4, 2010 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Gale

    Anyone that deliberately set out to damage morale in our military, deserves no chance to further his own agenda. Wait, maybe it would be a good thing to have him over there embedded with all the troops that would love to get him alone!!!

    August 4, 2010 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  17. Oy Vey Az

    Better to leave him at home than to bury him as a result of a friendly fire accident.

    August 4, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  18. Lori in St Pete

    Good! who did that reporter think he was – what with reporting all that truth and stuff?! He should have KNOWN that his job is to toe the line and prevent the truth from EVER seeing the light of day!

    August 4, 2010 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. Ben

    Good! I'm glad the little punk was denied. He obviously hasn't earned the privilege.

    August 4, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  20. Rick in OP

    Let Hastings "embed" with the Taliban and see how long he will last.

    August 4, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. hypocricnnation

    You Can Also Call It The Big Payback!

    August 4, 2010 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  22. Karl in Charleston,SC

    And he's suprised they won't embed him???

    August 4, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  23. Four and The Door

    They should embed him on a bunker buster and see what he tweets on his way into a Northern Pakistan mountain cave.

    August 4, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  24. Kevin in Ohio

    Watch out...here comes the ACLU.

    This reporter lost all credibilty and respect, and he gets what he deserves.

    August 4, 2010 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    After tanking one officer's career by saying something like "Don't worry, this will be off the record" he expected to be allowed to do it again? This is why they need to teach ethics to journalism majors! Also, to anyone else out there thinking of granting an interview – always assume the microphone is ON! If you say something that causes you or your bosses embarrassment expect to pay the consequences!

    August 4, 2010 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
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