Joe Scarborough knew nothing about Rolling Stone magazine’s profile of Gen. Stanley McChrystal until he was on the air Tuesday, asked to read a “tease” promoting the story as “Morning Joe” headed into its first commercial break after its 6 a.m. start.
That changed, very quickly. Off the air, he grabbed an Associated Press account of what McChrystal had said, asked if NBC’s Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski could be found to speak on it. He essentially made the magazine story and its implications the show’s chief topic moving forward.
Barely more than a day later, President Barack Obama fired the Afghanistan war’s top commander. More…