When the story came out that Afghanistan Commander General McCrystal was being forced to resign because of comments him or some of his staff made that ended up in a Rolling Stone article, I immediately smelled something fishy. Why?
Just over a year ago, The Rolling Stone published an article written by actor Ethan Hawke about Kris Kristofferson. In the article Ethan made up a story about an altercation between Kris and Toby Keith during Willie Nelson’s 70th birthday, where supposedly Toby said, “None of that lefty shit out there tonight, Kris.” with a verbal argument ensuing.
Problem is, the argument between Kris and Keith, and the quotes attributed to Toby never happened. They were flatly denied by Keith, which may not be so surprising, but they were flatly denied by Kris as well.
You can read more about the Ethan Hawke story by CLICKING HERE.
Even through overwhelming evidence of the story being false, Ethan Hawke and The Rolling Stone stood behind the article. Now it is coming out that A Military Official Disputes The McCrystal Rolling Stone Article, saying they included information that was off record. Why anyone at this point would take The Rolling Stone so seriously that it would lead to the forced resignation of the commander of the longest ever US war is beyond me.
Possibly the reason Ethan Hawke fabricated his story was to pander to Rolling Stone’s left leaning audience, who would supposedly hate Toby for his “Courtesy of the Red, White, & Blue” song. This would only further highlight Ethan’s ignorance of the situation, because at the time the article was published, Keith had publicly come out and endorsed Obama from President.
I’m not sure if Rolling Stone has a political agenda for their McCrystal article. What I do know is that all print media outlets are struggling these days with the digital age and the downturn in the economy. Apparently The Rolling Stone has resorted to misconstruing stories and making up others, as well as covering pop music instead of uncovering our generation’s greatest music as they used to do years before, in an attempt to stay afloat.
Just like country music and many elements of our culture, The Rolling Stone has ripped their roots out of the ground, and apparently, misplaced their moral compass. I would love for the Keith/Kristofferson article by Ethan Hawke to be true because it serves my interests. But Toby has plenty of other things to point and laugh at without lying. Lying to serve one’s own interest in the long run erodes all of your positions. Maybe The Rolling Stone didn’t cross a line with the McCrystal story. But until they take responsibility for printing Ethan Hawke’s fabrication and other questionable stories, it is only fair to ask.