Home News World Michael Hastings: Pentagon Press Corps is an extension of Pentagon

Michael Hastings: Pentagon Press Corps is an extension of Pentagon

[easyembed field=”code1″]

A year after a scathing article in Rolling Stone forced US Army general Stanley McChrystal out of his post in Afghanistan, journalist Michael Hastings reflects on the experience that ended up not at all like he would have imagined.

“I was somewhat surprised by the response,” Hastings told RT. His article, The Runaway General, made headlines after it outted McChrystal and other top-brass in the military for showing a lack of faith in the operation and the Obama administration’s command in Afghanistan. By the time the fallout subsided, McChrystal was removed and Hastings was a hero for his no-holds barred account of the war machine’s bureaucracy.

“I thought he was untouchable,” said Hastings.

Hastings learned a lot from his reporting, but aside from the realities of what words can do to a respected military general, the journalists said that perhaps most eye opening was how in cahoots the Department of Defense is with their own gang of reporters who are supposed to be documenting the United States’ involvement overseas.

“It’s called the Pentagon Press Corps, right?” asked Hastings. “So one would assume they have a watchdog function as to look after the Pentagon. But what it’s become is that the Pentagon Press Corp is just an extension of the Pentagon itself.”

Read the whole article…

Must Read

DARK IRISH COMEDY STAGED AT THE HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL

If you thought the American Civil War (1861- 1865)  would still be an emotional hot button issue between Northerners and Southerners 154 years after it...

DESERT ROSE PLAYHOUSE LAUNCHES THE ENTERTAINING CAMP COMEDY MUSICAL “RUTHLESS”

Desert Rose Playhouse of Rancho Mirage premieres a glitzy, glamorous, hilarious musical comedy production of the campy homage to Hollywood’s tortured, driven, divas of...

GEFFEN PLAYHOUSE LAUNCHES WORLD PREMIERE THRILLER “MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES”

Sherlock Holmes, the world’s greatest fictitious private consulting detective sprang from the fertile brain of English writer Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. Two years...

Advisory Council Considers Bringing Back Long-Banned Fishing Gear

SAN DIEGO – Conservation and sportfishing groups will pack a meeting Thursday of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Diego to try to...

18TH CENTURY FEMINIST COMEDY “LADIES” ON STAGE AT BOSTON COURT THEATRE OF PASADENA

Sometime it’s difficult to assign a genre to a play.  Is it a drama or is it a comedy or is it a little...
%d bloggers like this: