American reporter Michael Hastings has died in a car accident aged 33.
The BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone Magazine journalist was critically injured yesterday in an incident in Los Angeles. Hastings in his career brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal via a report in Rolling Stone Politics.
Hastings was determined to expose the recklessness of a man leading what Hastings believed to be a reckless war. – Rolling Stone magazine tribute.
Hastings continued to refuse to ‘lick up’ to those in power. In May he had very harsh words for President Barack Obama when appearing on NBC News. (pictured)
Ripping into Obama’s national security speech he noted:
If you compare this speech to the speech he gave in Cairo, in 2009 or his Nobel Prize speech, you see almost a total rejection of the civil rights tradition that President Obama supposedly came out of… and just an embrace of total militarism,” – Michael Hastings
A contributing editor to Rolling Stone, Hastings leaves behind a remarkable legacy of reporting, the publication notes, including an exposé of America’s drone war, an exclusive interview with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at his hideout in the English countryside, an investigation into the Army’s illicit use of “psychological operations” to influence sitting Senators and a profile of Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl, “America’s Last Prisoner of War.”
Great reporters exude a certain kind of electricity, the sense that there are stories burning inside them, and that there’s no higher calling or greater way to live life than to be always relentlessly trying to find and tell those stories. I’m sad that I’ll never get to publish all the great stories that he was going to write, and sad that he won’t be stopping by my office for any more short visits which would stretch for two or three completely engrossing hours. He will be missed. – Rolling Stone managing editor Will Dana
BuzzFeed also paid tribute:
We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone. Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians. He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold. Michael was also a wonderful, generous colleague and a joy to work with. Our thoughts are with Elise and and the rest of his family and we are going to miss him. – Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief
Full Rolling Stone Magazine Tribute can be found here
UPDATE: Reports suggest that the writer was ‘murdered’ following strange CCTV footage of the ‘accident’ however no official information has yet been confirmed back this allegation up. More on this can be found in the video feature below by The Corbett Report..