After this week’s devastating Rolling Stone profile of Stanley McChrystal, Jon Stewart imagined what was going through the general’s head when he agreed to the interview that cost him his job.
“I may be a four-star general and you may be a reporter for some hippie magazine, but I feel like I can trust you,” the “Daily Show” host joked.
Maybe the brash McChrystal had more in common with Rolling Stone’s “hippie” editors than one might expect.
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The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder reports that the hard-charging McChrystal not only voted for Barack Obama but is a “political liberal” and “social liberal.” Of course, not all military leaders are conservative, but popular lore since at least George Patton’s day has hard-charging generals on the ground leaning mostly to the right.
Ambinder adds that the general wasn’t a fan of the cable news network that appears most pro-military, boasting commentators like Sean Hannity and Oliver North.
“He banned Fox News from the television sets in his headquarters,” Ambinder wrote. “Yes, really. This puts to rest another false rumor: that McChrystal deliberately precipitated his firing because he wants to run for president.”
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