A few more meta-McChrystal-media notes …
Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi weighed in on the still-simmering McChrystal saga, coming to Michael Hastings' defense and slamming the appearance by CBS News' Lara Logan on CNN's "Reliable Sources" over the weekend.
Actually, "slamming" is not quite right. Taibbi absolutely eviscerated Logan.
Here are a few key sections from his post, entitled "Lara Logan, You Suck":
"Anyone who wants to know why network television news hasn't mattered since the seventies just needs to check out this appearance by Logan. Here's CBS's chief foreign correspondent saying out loud on TV that when the man running a war that's killing thousands of young men and women every year steps on his own dick in front of a journalist, that journalist is supposed to eat the story so as not to embarrass the flag. And the part that really gets me is Logan bitching about how Hastings was dishonest to use human warmth and charm to build up enough of a rapport with his sources that they felt comfortable running their mouths off in front of him. According to Logan, that's sneaky — and journalists aren't supposed to be sneaky."
"If I'm hearing Logan correctly, what Hastings is supposed to have done in that situation is interrupt these drunken assholes and say, "Excuse me, fellas, I know we're all having fun and all, but you're saying things that may not be in your best interest! As a reporter, it is my duty to inform you that you may end up looking like insubordinate douche bags in front of two million Rolling Stone readers if you don't shut your mouths this very instant!" I mean, where did Logan go to journalism school – the Burson-Marsteller agency?"
Logan, it's probably worth noting, "married a State Department contractor she met while covering the Iraq War."
Read Taibbi's entire, essential diatribe here.
Meanwhile, Hastings appeared — in studio — on Monday's "Colbert Report":