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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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Report: Gen. Petraeus is ‘Master of Spin’

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A day after Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal was removed as America’s top military commander in Aghanistan due to damaging statements made by him and his staff to Rolling Stone, some in the media have noted that McChrystal’s replacement, Gen. David Petraeus, won’t make the same mistakes.

In The Daily Beast, Ellen Knickmeyer calls Petraeus a “master of spin,” and notes his PR savvy:

He may not be gregarious but Petraeus wields a bony and ascetic charm which he combines with practical intelligence. And, unlike McChrystal, Petraeus has an unfailing grasp on his own spin-gifting reporters and analysts with bits of information that further his military points of view, and dashing off flatteringly fast responses to their emails.

Meanwhile, as TVNewser notes, Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera seemed to blame the Rolling Stone reporter for this whole situation, not McChrystal and his staff.

Former national security analyst KT McFarland was on the segment with Rivera, but didn’t agree. “I’ve been a government official and you have to assume [what you say] will be repeated, twisted and everything else. You have to be very cautious,” she said. Petraeus “never would have made those mistakes,” she continued. Video at TVNewser.

Rolling Stone Editor on Bombshell McChrystal Interview: ‘The PR Person Is Always The First To Go’

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Rolling Stone executive editor Eric Bates has been making the rounds after a bombshell story published by the magazine this week on Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who is currently meeting with President Obama to discuss remarks made by him and his staff in the story criticizing the administration and the Afghan war.

While it remains to be seen if McChrystal will keep his job, the PR person who set up the interview, Ducan Boothby, has already resigned. Said Bates of the move:

I don’t know if that is really the issue. It is not like McChrystal and his team didn’t know who is in the room and how much time was spent with them.

He added, “The PR person is always the first to go.”

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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