The coolest place on the internet, according to this tagline.
AskArchiveFAQ

June 22, 2013

Michael Hastings raised concerns about FBI investigation before his death; FBI denies

  • claim In the days since the death of Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings, claims have surfaced that the reporter was concerned he was being investigated by the FBI, including from his own editor at Buzzfeed, Ben Smith. “Before his death, Michael told a number of his friends and colleagues that he was concerned that he was under investigation,” Smith told New York magazine. The claims gained extra scrutiny after a friend of his produced an email sent from Hastings raising concerns about an investigation, sent less than a day before his death.
  • denial Despite this, the FBI flatly denies such claims. “At no time was Michael Hastings under investigation by the FBI,” spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. Despite this, concerns have not died down as Hastings hinted that he was working on a story, related to the NSA scandal, which may have had significant implications. Among the sources Hastings was reportedly planning to talk to for upcoming stories included Anonymous-tied activist Barrett Brown and Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who had been mixed up in the David Petraeus case. source
13:02 // 10 months ago
June 19, 2013
In which a serious conversation about a newsworthy topic gets derailed by a sideshow with a single response.

In which a serious conversation about a newsworthy topic gets derailed by a sideshow with a single response.

21:27 // 10 months ago
I’d need a clause somewhere in the contract that says if BuzzFeed fires me for saying or writing something controversial or offensive on BuzzFeed or on Twitter or elsewhere, there will have to be some kind of severance payment. I have a demonstrated ability to really piss powerful people off, and I would need some kind of assurance that BuzzFeed has my back, 120 percent.
Michael Hastings, in an email to Buzzfeed about going to work for the publication, an email surfaced by Ben Smith in his tribute to his employee. Read the whole thing. It’s powerful.
10:37 // 10 months ago
June 18, 2013
19:49 // 10 months ago
Mainly you really have to love writing and reporting. Like it’s more important to you than anything else in your life—family, friends, social life, whatever.
Buzzfeed reporter Michael Hastings • Offering advice to young journalists in a Reddit thread last year. Hastings, 33, died in a car crash on Tuesday morning. Despite his young age, he left a fairly significant mark on the journalism world, scoring a 2010 Rolling Stone interview with Gen. Stanley McChrystal in which the then-Commander of U.S. and NATO Coalition Forces in Afghanistan spoke negatively of White House staff. Hastings’ report sent shockwaves through Washington, leading to McChrystal’s firing before the report was even officially published. While McChrystal was eventually cleared of wrongdoing in the case, Rolling Stone stood behind Hastings’ article. Hastings’ death led many journalists to leave statements of remorse in the wake of the news, including his editor, Ben Smith, who said in a statement that “He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold.” (reddit thread via Twitter user @nbj914)
19:38 // 10 months ago
April 18, 2011
Pentagon inquiry clears McChrystal over Rolling Stone article
Rolling Stone vs. the Pentagon: A Pentagon inquiry into the Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General,” which was written by Michael Hastings and basically got Stanley McChrystal fired, has by their claims vindicated the former General. They said they were unable to verify the accuracy of the events detailed, and that in many areas they could find no witnesses to corroborate the claims. Hastings and his editors aren’t having it, however; they stand behind the accuracy of the piece, making this something of a murky, “my word versus yours” scenario. Said Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates: “It’s accurate in every detail.” source
Follow ShortFormBlog

Rolling Stone vs. the Pentagon: A Pentagon inquiry into the Rolling Stone article “The Runaway General,” which was written by Michael Hastings and basically got Stanley McChrystal fired, has by their claims vindicated the former General. They said they were unable to verify the accuracy of the events detailed, and that in many areas they could find no witnesses to corroborate the claims. Hastings and his editors aren’t having it, however; they stand behind the accuracy of the piece, making this something of a murky, “my word versus yours” scenario. Said Rolling Stone Executive Editor Eric Bates: “It’s accurate in every detail.” source

Follow ShortFormBlog

15:29 // 3 years ago