A day after Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was removed as America’s top military commander in Aghanistan due to damaging statements made by him and his staff to Rolling Stone, some in the media have noted that McChrystal’s replacement, Gen. David Petraeus, won’t make the same mistakes.
In The Daily Beast, Ellen Knickmeyer calls Petraeus a “master of spin,” and notes his PR savvy:
He may not be gregarious but Petraeus wields a bony and ascetic charm which he combines with practical intelligence. And, unlike McChrystal, Petraeus has an unfailing grasp on his own spin-gifting reporters and analysts with bits of information that further his military points of view, and dashing off flatteringly fast responses to their emails.
Meanwhile, as TVNewser notes, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera seemed to blame the Rolling Stone reporter for this whole situation, not McChrystal and his staff.
Former national security analyst KT McFarland was on the segment with Rivera, but didn’t agree. “I’ve been a government official and you have to assume [what you say] will be repeated, twisted and everything else. You have to be very cautious,” she said. Petraeus “never would have made those mistakes,” she continued. Video at TVNewser.