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Jack O’Dwyer on Gen. McChrystal’s Former PR Guy: ‘They Should Find a Nice Big Job for Him’

PRNewser was trading emails with O’Dwyer’s founder Jack O’Dwyer about Duncan Boothby, the former O’Dwyer’s staffer turned political PR consultant, who resigned from working with Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal last week after the now infamous Rolling Stone profile that brought down the general.

What did O’Dwyer have to say about Boothby?

…he’s laying low for the moment. I think they should find a nice big job for him. He’s the fall guy. Duncan, a neighbor of mine in Greenwich, worked for us several years ago when he was between jobs.

O’Dwyer also pointed to a debate about Boothby on his site, and noted, “Some think it’s his fault and others think he’s a hero.”

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Gen. McChrystal’s PR Consultant Is Former O’Dwyer’s Staffer


Here’s an interesting side note in relation to today’s Rolling Stone bombshell profile that may force the resignation of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the top commander in the Afghanistan war.

McChrystal’s PR guy, Duncan Boothby, who set up the interview with Rolling Stone and has since resigned, used to be a staffer for PR trade publication O’Dwyer’s.

“Clearly the days of being a low-profile national security flack are over,” he told the publication today.

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Afghanistan General Summoned to D.C., PR Consultant Resigns After Damaging Rolling Stone Profile

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The Obama administration is furious over a soon to be published Rolling Stone profile of Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, titled “The Runaway General.”

According to the Daily News, the profile says McChrystal took control of the war, “by never taking his eye off the real enemy: The wimps in the White House.”

Another source is quoted as calling National Security Adviser Gen. (Ret.) Jim Jones a “clown.” McChrystal has already issued an apology, and is now scheduled to appear in Washington D.C. to defend himself on Wednesday.

The communications consultant who set up the Rolling Stone interview, Duncan Boothby, has already resigned.

Giving Rolling Stone access doesn’t always lead to trouble, we should note. When PRNewser interviewed Siemens Corporation VP, communications and marketing Jim Whaley this past fall, he told us that as director of communications for the United States Military Academy at West Point, he gave a Rolling Stone reporter complete access to the facility, which turned into a popular story and bestselling book, Absolutely American: Four Years at West Point.

Our sibling blog FishbowlNY has a list of people who may not have been “pissed off” the Rolling Stone profile

McChrystal’s apology statement after the jump.

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