BuzzFeed reporter and Rolling Stone contributing editor Michael Hastings died in a car accident early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. He was 33. Perhaps best known for his 2010 Rolling Stone profile of General McChrystal, which cost McChrystal his job, Hastings was also the author of two books, including last year's The Operators.
When Beltway bright-boy David Petraeus left public service in disgrace last year, Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings threw down a gauntlet, detailing how his industry had gone soft on the ex-general for too long. This morning, Hastings' boss at Buzzfeed picked up that gauntlet and took a long, sugary piss in it.
Rolling Stone is trying to add another general to its head count: Michael Hastings, the reporter who dispatched Gen. Stanley McChrystal last year, is reporting that Gen. William Caldwell, who is in charge of training Afghan forces, used Army psychological operations troops to try to influence VIP visitors, including U.S. senators.
Stephen Colbert petitions to join Simon and Colbert, lauds the work of Terry Richardson and General Petraeus, and asks Michael Hastings where he got the audacity publish the article that lost General McChrystal his job.
On Friday at a little after 5 p.m., the New York Observer posted up a 131-page book proposal by Michael Hastings, a Newsweek Baghdad correspondent. The memoir is about his time overseas and the death of his fiance. The Observer post promptly disappeared. Besides the obvious copyright issues with making the whole shebang available, there was another reason mega-lit agent (and poet!) Andrew Wylie wanted the proposal disappeared from the internet: it was going to get people killed in Iraq.