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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Michael Hastings, R.I.P.

UPDATE  Rolling Stone has just added its own obitL.A. Times speculates on the accident--and carries details and photo of site--but they're not sure that's really it.  Ethics? Local TV covered the same crashUPDATE #2  LAPD sources now confirm that this was indeed the "fiery crash" that took Hastings' life.

Rachel Maddow's tribute tonight:



Earlier: The courageous journalist, formerly of Newsweek, more recently Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed, has died at the age of 33 in an auto accident in L.A., Buzzfeed reports tonight.  Much will be written about him.  I don't have much to add, except recalling that we exchanged several emails back in the days before he made such a fuss with his Stanley McChrystal scoop.  It was maybe six or seven years ago, and he was back from Baghdad, I was editing Editor & Publisher and writing almost daily stories on Iraq and the media and my book So Wrong for So Long, and he needed some advice...well, relatively few know about his first book, about his courtship and life with a woman (who worked for Air America), who both ended up in Iraq, where she lost her life.  The book was, I Lost My Love in Baghdad, and it was pretty much ignored until his later fame.  So here's a reminder.

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