McChrystal Reporter Michael Hastings Dead, at 33

Michael Hastings





Michael Hastings
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Michael Hastings, the fearless journalist whose reporting brought down the career of General Stanley McChrystal, has died in a car accident in Los Angeles, Rolling Stone has learned. He was 33.

Hastings' unvarnished 2010 profile of McChrystal in the pages of Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General," captured the then-supreme commander of the U.S.-led war effort in Afghanistan openly mocking his civilian commanders in the White House. The maelstrom sparked by its publication concluded with President Obama recalling McChrystal to Washington and the general resigning his post. "The conduct represented in the recently published article does not meet the standard that should be met by – set by a commanding general," Obama said, announcing McChrystal's departure. "It undermines the civilian control of the military that is at the core of our democratic system."

Hastings' hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power. While other embedded reporters were charmed by McChrystal's bad-boy bravado and might have excused his insubordination as a joke, Hastings was determined to expose the recklessness of a man leading what Hastings believed to be a reckless war. "Runaway General" was was a finalist for a National Magazine Award, won the 2010 Polk award for magazine reporting, and was the basis for Hastings' book, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan. 


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Comment by truth on June 20, 2013 at 8:24pm
Michael Hastings


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Comment by Petunia Skrebbles on June 19, 2013 at 9:12pm

Does anyone know what he was working on?   Also were there other cars following him?  I did not see any on the cam of that reporter.  So, tryng to piece this together...... one witness said there was an explosion and the car jacknifed and then hit the tree.   Another said he was speeding and hit the tree, but he was heavy on his english so I could not  understand parts of what he was saying.... so I don't know that what is being said is true or not.   Anyone hear anything since this happened? 

Comment by Maria De Wind on June 19, 2013 at 7:20pm


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Comment by truth on June 19, 2013 at 7:16pm

yea, so fishy

Comment by Joseph Camera on June 19, 2013 at 7:03pm

Hollyweed, Good point. That's why is would be important to find out what he was currently working on. Maybe Rolling Stone would be willing to share that with the public.

Comment by Frances Farmer on June 19, 2013 at 6:48pm

How did his engine end up 200 feet from the car? YAN sent this out a few minutes ago.

Comment by Frances Farmer on June 19, 2013 at 6:46pm


Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.

Comment by truth on June 19, 2013 at 12:23pm

a cameraman at the scene said the vehicle, a Mercedes, was being driven at a high rate of speed when the crash occurred. The car's engine ended up 200 feet away from the collision site, he said.

Comment by ĦƟǁÿWʘʘt! on June 19, 2013 at 9:05am

pure accident, no chicanery here.....gawwwwwwww

sorry but these "plots" are usually executed BEFORE the innocent victim does any threatening damage to the aforementioned...not 3 years after ;)

Comment by Christopher on June 19, 2013 at 8:56am

"Michael Hastings was killed, when his car hit a tree, and burst into flames"

How often do cars burst into flames?

He was not driving a 1965 FORD MUSTANG, which had a poorly designed and installed "exploding gas tank".

It was not a 1971 or 72 FORD PINTO, which also had exploding gas tanks.

"Older cars tend to be more likely to catch fire , said Officer Jason Wong of the Long Beach Police
Department. "The newer the car, the safer the car," Wong said - Cars have improved dramatically from the 1970s..."


"2. OCCURRENCE SITUATIONS.Most car fires are not the results of crashes or collisions. Only some 3% are from this cause. Many occur while the car is in normal use."


What type of car was Hastings driving?

Man dies in fiery Hancock Park crash


Comment by Truth Hurts on June 19, 2013 at 8:23am

As they say in intelligence circles when something like this happens, "There's no such thing as an "accident".....

Comment by Petunia Skrebbles on June 19, 2013 at 12:42am

Sounds like something was messed with, maybe like the gas pedal, or maybe he was drugged or a small explosion would jack knife a car.  In any case, the description by the witness makes it unlikely it was a normal accident.  Sounds like Mossad to me.

Comment by HOGSTER on June 19, 2013 at 12:19am

Was he murdered like so many other truth saying whistle blowers?

Comment by truth on June 18, 2013 at 9:32pm

RIP Michael Hastings, Investigative Journalist, Age 33. FTA: A witness described the accident... "I seen a car, like, going really fast and all of a sudden I seen it jackknife,” Luis Cortez said. “I just seen parts fly everywhere, and I slammed on my brakes and stopped and tried to call 911."


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