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Rolling Stone fact checker sent McChrystal aide 30 questions

President Obama removes McChrystal as commander of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan on Wednesday after remarks he made in a magazine interview about top administration officials.

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Rolling Stone magazine sent an aide to Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal a list of 30 questions to check facts in a profile of the commander. The questions contained no hint of what became the controversial portions of the story.

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The magazine's executive editor, Eric Bates, denied that Michael Hastings, the author of the story, violated any ground rules in writing about the four weeks he spent with McChrystal and his team.

Fact Checking Questions:

1.) The reporter writes that during Gen. McChrystal's trip to Paris this past April, Gen. McChrystal was traveling with a staff of 10 people. Is that accurate?

THAT SOUNDS ABOUT RIGHT FOR THAT TRIP IF YOU ARE INCLUDING THE COMMUNICATIONS (SIGNALS) GUYS

2.) Are the following people on McChrystal's staff, and, are these titles correct:

a. Col. Charlie Flynn, McChrystal,s chief of staff -- NO,CHARLIE IS HIS 'XO' OR EXECUTIVE OFFICER

b. Brig. Gen. Bill Mayville, McChrystal,s chief of operations--NO, MAJOR GENERAL, DEPUTY CHIEF OF STAFF, OPERATIONS

c. Gen. Mike Flynn, McChrystal,s second-in-command -- NO, MAJOR GENERAL, DIRECTOR OF INTELLIGENCE

3.) The reporter doesn,t name the following people, but he does give a list of vague descriptions for other people on McChrystal's team. Can the following be found on McChrystal's team: FINE, NO NAMES PREFERED

a. A Navy SEAL (TWO NAVY SEALS)


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