Aug 1 2013

Michael Hastings (1980-2013)

A bridge-burning journalist whose loyalty was to the public

Michael Hastings: "What does everybody know who's on the inside but no one's willing to say or write?"

You can tell what kind of reporter Michael Hastings was by the kind of reporter who hated him. “I think it’s very unfortunate that it has impacted, and will impact so adversely, on what had been pretty good military/media relations,” the New York Times’ John Burns told right-wing talkshow host Hugh Hewitt (FAIR Blog, 7/16/10). Burns was discussing Hastings’ Rolling Stone profile (6/22/10) of Stanley McChrystal that ended up costing the general his job running the occupation of Afghanistan—mainly because Hastings left in all the impolitic comments that McChrystal and his underlings assumed would be discreetly ignored. Burns expected that […]