R.I.P. Michael Hastings
There are so few committed truth-tellers in the world that when you lose one, it feels like a loss of more than one life -- it feels like a moment of loss for the larger world. Michael Hastings' death is one of those moments.
Michael is probably best known as the Rolling Stone reporter who had the guts to challenge the military establishment by publishing a piece that ended up getting Gen. Stanley McChrystal removed from his post. Even a brief perusal of the headlines of his reporting for Rolling Stone and BuzzFeed show that such a truth-to-power attitude defined his professional career.
I knew Michael through crossing paths with him in our respective work (most recently in one of the best TV experiences I've ever had -- a Young Turks panel with him, Glenn Greenwald and Cenk Uygur).