April 18, 2011

From the Dept. of Better Late Than Never, I Suppose

From the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — An inquiry by the Defense Department inspector general into
a magazine profile that resulted in the abrupt, forced retirement of
Gen. Stanley
A. McChrystal has cleared the general, his military aides and
civilian advisers of all wrongdoing.


Pentagon investigators said they were unable to confirm the events as
reported in the June 2010 article in Rolling Stone, and the inquiry’s
final review challenged the accuracy of the profile of General
McChrystal, who was the top commander in Afghanistan. ...


“Not all of the events at issue occurred as reported in the article,”
the inspector general’s review stated. “In some instances, we found no
witness who acknowledged making or hearing the comments as reported. In
other instances, we confirmed that the general substance of an incident
at issue occurred, but not in the exact context described in the
article.” ...


The Pentagon inspector general’s team had invited Mr. Hastings to meet
with investigators to provide his views. He declined, and pointed to
previous statements and the article, according to the inquiry. Mr. Bates
provided some clarifying information in an e-mail, the investigative
report stated.


In looking at specific incidents reported in the article, Pentagon
investigators found contradictory or inconclusive information on the
statement disparaging the vice president.

Let's take bets on the page number of the Times in which this article will run? A16? And while we're taking bets, what are the odds, between this investigation and the now discredited article on Gen. Caldwell, that Rolling Stone will conduct its own internal investigation into these stories?