FDL Book Salon Welcomes Matt Farwell, discussion about Michael Hastings and The Last Magazine

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 1:59 pm

EDITORS NOTE: This Book Salon will be rescheduled. Apologies for the interruption.

Michael Hastings’ The Last Magazine, is a scathing satire and indictment of the way the New York / DC big media world works. When I first read it, in an all-nighter months after his death, it was an amazing surprise: he was gone but his voice was still out there, and for a good 80,000 words completely new and fresh. Anyone halfway familiar with the New York / DC news and media apparatus will recognize the characters behind the characters. Hopefully the way they’re portrayed is as disturbing to you as it was to me—as essentially out-of-touch, solipsistic, preening weenies, who for some reason we keep listening to on TV & Radio and reading in print.

 

The Last Magazine: A Novel – Book Salon Preview

By: Saturday November 15, 2014 9:55 am

“The Last Magazine is the debut novel from Michael Hastings, discovered in his files after his untimely death in June 2013. Informed by his own journalistic experiences, it is wickedly funny, sharp, and fast-paced: a great book about print journalism’s last glory days, and a compelling first novel from one of America’s most treasured reporters.”

Gag on This

By: Tuesday August 13, 2013 7:06 pm

In case you haven’t heard, journalist Barrett Brown is is facing over 100 years in jail for alleged crimes relating to his investigation into the world of private intelligence contractors for the US government.

Come Saturday Morning: The WikiLeaks Conspiracy Theory That Wasn’t

By: Saturday June 22, 2013 6:45 am

A number of people who should know better but just have massive hate-ons for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks are all freaked out because WL tweeted that Hastings had contacted a WL attorney shortly before his accident to tell of his suspicions that the FBI was investigating him.

Rereading Michael Hastings’ Interview with Julian Assange

By: Wednesday June 19, 2013 7:30 am

The sad news is being taken in by all self-respecting journalists. Someone who had a great passion for what he did and embodied the adversarial spirit that muckraking reporters should have in journalism died in a car accident at a young age. Rolling Stone contributor Michael Hastings died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age of 33.

Media-Military-Industrial Complex Disheartened by the Petraeus Affair

By: Tuesday November 13, 2012 5:15 pm

Revelations that now-former CIA director David Petraeus had an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, have pulled into focus how the press reveres America’s highest-ranked military generals. Not only does the affair itself show the folly of someone allowing his or her self to become too embedded with any one military officer but it also shows what happens when the media builds up a figure like Petraeus and then is given reason to be disappointed.

The press can barely come to grips with the fact that America has “lost” someone widely considered to be a role model for leadership among establishment journalists

How Coverage of Julian Assange Provokes Liberal Outrage

By: Saturday August 18, 2012 4:00 pm

Most liberals in the United States seem to prefer ignoring what is happening with WikiLeaks, particularly its founder and editor-in-chief Julian Assange. Either they are totally repulsed by Assange as an individual, they do not consider WikiLeaks to have provided a valuable service by releasing previously classified documents, the way the United States government is pursuing WikiLeaks founders, owners, managers, staffers and others connected doesn’t bother them or the story at this point is so complicated that they do not have the patience to sort out all the details to figure out the truth.

These various viewpoints inevitably lead to a contention that the era of WikiLeaks is over and, perhaps, the organization never really mattered that much at all.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Michael Hastings, The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan

By: Sunday February 12, 2012 1:59 pm

General Stanley McChrystal told journalist Michael Hastings that he wanted to be on the cover of Rolling Stone and so he was. The resulting story—describing an alcohol fueled dinner in Paris and the General’s staff mocking the Obama Administration—ended McChrystal’s tour as the commander of US forces in Afghanistan and his military career.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Wants to Know if Little Davey P Will Investigate Himself

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 8:00 pm

Little Davey P is busy lying to the people in Washington again. This morning, Nice Mike Hastings had a very interesting article at Rolling Stone. He described how Bad Billy C and Screaming Greg B made Lt. Col. Holmes do mind tricks on important Washington people who were visiting Afghanistan. Mr. Jim explained it all right here and told us how Bad Billy C was probably doing this because Little Davey P wanted him to.

But now, Little Davey P is acting like he had nothing to do with the mind tricks and is calling for Bad Billy C to be investigated.

Army Psy-Ops Revelation Bears Striking Resemblance to Military-Industrial Complex Lobbying

By: Thursday February 24, 2011 4:00 pm

Caldwell wanted to use a small part of the resources the Congress provided him, a $6 million psy-ops team, on Congress to in turn convince Congress to provide him with even more resources. While outrageous, this is basically just a very small scale version of how defense contractors in the military-industrial complex use political donations in the expanding growth spiral.

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