McChrystal to Teach Media Relations, Loyalty

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Former General Stanley McChrystal, who was fired for denigrating President Obama during disastrously mismanaged interviews with Rolling Stone, will include lessons on media relations and "Loyalty, Trust and Relationships" in his forthcoming class at Yale.

McChrystal's full syllabus, reported by the Yale Daily News, does not appear to include lectures on irony or self-awareness. But it does assign, as mandatory reading for the very first class, the highly flattering 2009 New York Times Magazine profile of McChrystal. (The Atlantic's slightly less flattering profile does not make the cut.)

Wired's Spencer Ackerman reacts harshly:

Don’t get us wrong. We’re all for second acts. McChrystal served for 34 years in the hardest special-operations environments the Army could assign. He tried hard to reorient the Afghanistan war in a humane direction. The idea that his career ought to reduce to a few ill-advised remarks in a magazine profile is unfair on its face.

But McChrystal isn’t going to overcome his public fall-from-grace by structuring his seminar as an ode to his awesomeness. It only highlights the lack of judgment that took him from wartime command to pick-up work as a guest lecturer.

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