Michael Hastings sent this email at 1 pm, Monday, June 17:
Hey [redacted] the Feds are interviewing my “close friends and associates.” Perhaps if the authorities arrive “BuzzFeed GQ,” er HQ, may be wise to immediately request legal counsel before any conversations or interviews about our news-gathering practices or related journalism issues.
Also: I’m onto a big story, and need to go off the radat for a bit.
All the best, and hope to see you all soon.
He was dead by 4:30 AM the following morning in a spectacular fiery crash, burnt beyond recognition.
At present we know nothing except that the *totally* trustworthy FBI denies he was being investigated and that our President, who is the kindest, warmest bravest, most wonderful human being I have ever known in my life, has granted himself the power to secretly and unilaterally order the murder of American citizens he deems to be threats to national security–and that he has done so in the past.
What we do not know is whether the supine, in-bed-with-power, media will bestir itself to investigate Michael Hastings’ story or (literally) bury it. Between Hastings, the State’s pursuit of Snowden, (and the hacking of CBS’ Benghazi reporter (who also covered Fast and Furious), and the DOJ’s attempts to manipulate and intimidate the press it will be a real test of the media’s courage to see if they actually try to follow up on any of this by, you know, doing their jobs or if they will opt for perks, access, and White House Press Corps Dinner Invites.
What’s fascinating is how willing media voices on *both* sides of the aisle are willing to prostitute themselves and run interference for the State on this. A few days ago, we heard from various folks over at FOX reliably doing the double-dance step of pretending to wring their hands about NSA spying (since it makes Obama look bad) while also calling for Snowden to be killed.
Today, we see that Obama shills at MSNBC also do their own hypocrisy two-step by dropping all their fake dudgeon about Bush and the Patriot Act and willingly offering to castrate themselves to show they are good soldiers for the Lightbringer. Glenn Greenwald reliably humiliates them, but that he needs to do it all demonstrates what a desperate pass our State-Run Media have come to as they cringe before the intimidation tactics of The One:
So it’s a real question as to how the media will cover all this stuff. We’ll see.