Journalist Michael Hastings, 33, has died in a car accident taken place in Los Angeles. He was a brave journalist whose bold reports took down General Michael McChrystal’s career.
In 2010, Hastings made a report about McChrystal entitled ‘The Runway General’ in the ‘Rolling Stone’. At that time, McChrystal was the U.S. supreme commander in the war effort in Afghanistan. The report pointed toward how he made fun of his civilian commanders in the White House.
The report sparked much controversy that ended up with President Barack Obama’s recalling the general to Washington and the latter’s resignation. At that time, Obama said that the McChrystal’s behaviors undermined one of the cores of America’s democratic system, which is the civilian control of the military.
That report of Hastings won Polk award in 2010 for magazine reporting. He also wrote a book on the basis of that report.
He worked as a contributing editor for ‘Rolling Stone’. Apart from that, he also worked for BuzzFeed.
Hastings was married to Elise Jordan, a writer.