View Full Version : Post Delayed Publishing McChrystal Report for One Day at Pentagon's Request

09-22-2009, 08:43 PM
"A Report from a General asking for more troops in a war theater delayed by the Liberal White house ? "Sounds like Censorship to me !

To Bob Woodward, it was the modern-day equivalent of the Pentagon Papers. But to Obama administration officials, the classified assessment of the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan represented, if published by The Washington Post, a potential threat to the safety of U.S. troops.
The result was that The Post agreed to a one-day delay in publishing the report by Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, and that the paper's top editor engaged in a lengthy discussion Sunday with three top Defense Department officials in a meeting at the Pentagon. The Post published the report, which Woodward had obtained, on Monday.
Woodward said in an interview Tuesday that four White House and administration officials strongly objected to publication of the full report, telling him, Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and a Post lawyer in a conference call on Saturday that "if we publish it as-is, it could endanger the lives of troops."
After the Pentagon meeting with Brauchli, Woodward and Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, administration officials "did a wholesale declassification of 98 percent" of the document, Woodward said, while The Post agreed to withhold certain operational details.

That, Woodward said, "made it easier" for the newspaper to proceed with publication without risking criticism for disclosing classified information.


09-22-2009, 08:47 PM
Interesting - I doubt that they would have done the same just one year ago though . . . . Seems there are things that will sway them.