McChrystal's Rolling Stone Blunder Becomes an Army Case Study

Officers worry incident hurt military-media relations.

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The Army hasn't swept Rolling Stone's damaging story about retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, which got him fired, under the rug. Instead, it's become a case study on how to work with the media and keep the public's faith in the military system. In the new issue of the Army's Military Review, two officers cite the article in their piece on the Army ethic. They say, specifically, that officers must respect civilian control over the military and that the military must resist fighting with the press despite a sometimes hostile relationship. "Negative fallout based on the skewed perceptions from the Rolling Stone article has the potential to reverse significant progress made" between the press and Pentagon since the Vietnam War, the officers fret.

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