Never Forgotten, Michael Hastings (January 28, 1980 – June 18, 2013)

In June it will be four years since the world lost one if its gutsiest muckraking reporters of his generation. A man who obeyed journalism’s key rule of questioning power. Of looking behind the curtain and reporting the emperor’s lack of clothes. In a world that celebrates Mika Brzezinski and Sean Hannity, Michael Hasting’s work was the medicine we needed. A man who told us what we were and not what we wanted to hear.

Hasting’s effectiveness lay in his ability to challenge the reader. He challenged our view of military power, the people who govern it, the role of whistleblowers and the role of transparency, the media and the way it covers election campaigns, to issues of love and loss. In his relatively short career, Michael Hastings broke convention and


To celebrate the work and life of Hastings, I have posted the following links so that interested parties can enjoy many of his seminal articles and works and learn more about him. Enjoy.

* * * Key Articles* * *

The Runaway General, Rolling Stone – June 22nd 2010

Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter, GQ – September 20th 2008

King David’s War, Rolling Stone – February 2nd 2011

The Rise of the Killer Drones: How America Goes to War in Secret, Rolling Stone – April 16th 2012

The Spy Who Cracked Up in the Cold, Rolling Stone – Rolling Stone – March 28, 2013

America’s Last Prisoner of War, Rolling Stone  – June 7th 2012

Incidentally, Matt Taibbi scathing defence of Hasting’s critics and is a must read (Lara Logan You Suck)

* * * Books * * *

— The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan Noevember 2012

I Lost My Love in Baghdad: A Modern War Story February 2012

Panic 2012: The Sublime and Terrifying Inside Story of Obama’s Final Campaign (A BuzzFeed/Bl ue Rider Press Book)

* * * Video & Interviews * * *

  • Interview with Amy Goodman and Democracy Now!  1 Aug 2012
  • Interview on CBS 20 Jan 2012
  • Tribute from the progressive channel The Young Turks on news of Hasting’s death


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Never Forgotten, Michael Hastings (January 28, 1980 – June 18, 2013)


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