August 4th, 2010
10:04 AM ET
12 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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  1. Frank in Valparaiso Indiana

    Well, so much for Freedom of the Press. Finally, after 9 years, embedding is finally outed as the mind control technique it was set up for. Too bad the press rolled over and played dead to be one of the boys.

    We might have seen what a farce this whole war really was.

    August 4, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. didn't feel the trust necessary

    a badge of honor, something to make me feel nostalgic for the Rolling Stone of old

    August 4, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  3. Bill

    You fouled your nest, Hastings. Don't expect any trust from anyone, especially those who have to lay their lives on the line. Trust has to be earned and you blew it. I just hope everyone remembers what you are willing to do for your fifteen seconds of fame.

    August 4, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
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