Reading Time: < 1 minute Russ Baker back on with popular Denver radio host Peter Boyles, talking about Jeb Bush dropping his last name for campaign purposes—and the mysterious, fiery death two years ago of journalist Michael Hastings.
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RadioWhoWhatWhy: Michael Hastings Mystery Death 2nd Anniversary—Late Journalist Muses on Presidential Races
Reading Time: < 1 minute June 18, 2015 is the two-year anniversary of the mysterious death of investigative journalist Michael Hastings. The car crash that took his life was quickly dismissed at the time as the consequence of some inherent recklessness on the part of the victim. An intrepid reporter, Hastings did indeed cover some controversial topics, but was he really a wild man responsible for his fiery demise? Here, we present an interview with a very different fellow, a thoughtful and likable person, on a more prosaic but timely topic: ways to view a presidential campaign.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A chilling 60 Minutes demonstration of how easy it is for hackers to take over a vehicle’s controls is refueling suspicion about the death of gonzo journalist Michael Hastings.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Warning from the FBI and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Despite new safeguards, the increasing use of computers in cars poses an increasing risk of car-hacking.
Reading Time: 3 minutes A new test offers still more proof that automobiles can be remotely hacked and cause injury or death. Yet nobody seems to want to ask an obvious question: Was this what happened to investigative journalist Michael Hastings?
Reading Time: 4 minutes When a man like Louis Freeh has a car crash, it may be a plain old accident. And then again, it may not be.
Reading Time: < 1 minute Radio host Nicole Sandler asks WhoWhatWhy editor Russ Baker about a variety of topics, including the Kennedy assassination, the death of journalist Michael Hastings and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Reading Time: 4 minutes A riveting autopsy report on the remains of journalist Michael Hastings says he used marijuana and methamphetamines before the fiery crash in Los Angeles that killed him. The narcotics did not play a role in the wreck, the medical examiner said, but the report reveals for the first time that Hastings had relapsed into drug use. His kin had arrived in L.A. hours before the wreck to encourage him to go into rehab, police say. Meanwhile, a Hastings family member has a surprising reaction in an exclusive comment to WhoWhatWhy.
Reading Time: 2 minutes Picking up on WhoWhatWhy’s scoop, Mother Jones takes a closer look at Kimberly Dvorak, the San Diego reporter who has enjoyed a media star turn while covering the car-crash death of muckraker Michael Hastings. Her reporting has been “questionable,” Mojo says. Inadvertently, she raises an interesting point: What’s more important for the media–relevance or accuracy?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Have you heard how investigative journalist Michael Hastings’s body was cremated without the family’s permission? That story has made it around the world, and made people understandably suspicious of a cover-up by the authorities. But when WhoWhatWhy tried to verify the report, we found out something very different indeed.
Reading Time: 10 minutes Just hours before his death, Michael Hastings sent off an ominous email saying that the FBI was investigating him “re: NSA.” Why were the Feds probing this noted investigative reporter? And what might his death have to do with Edward Snowden, now in exile, and Barrett Brown, facing a century in jail?
Reading Time: < 1 minute Here’s video of journalist Michael Hastings’ dramatic one-car crash.
Reading Time: 5 minutes Somehow, the leaks of NSA documents on the fragility of democracy have been turned around into public criticism of the leaker. The conservative press wants us to focus on Edward Snowden’s girlfriend. Ok, fine. Here’s that picture. Happy? Now can we move on to what’s really happening in this country—and why it’s so hard to speak the truth about it?
Reading Time: 10 minutes A veteran Los Angeles crime reporter takes a gimlet-eyed look at the curious accident that killed muckraker Michael Hastings. New video evidence from a security camera near the scene offers a glimpse at the last moments of the journalist’s life—and gives a few clues about the seemingly inexplicable crash on a straight-as-a-laser city street.
Reading Time: 8 minutes The young American journalist investigated Turkey’s meddling in Syria’s civil war. On the fifth anniversary of her death, many questions remain unanswered.
Reading Time: 3 minutes At least 23 journalists who dared to challenge Vladimir Putin were murdered since he rose to power. Putin’s big fan Donald Trump verbally assaults journalists every day. And Hillary Clinton has her own ways of dealing with a skeptical press.
Reading Time: 45 minutes In a wide-ranging interview, WhoWhatWhy founder Russ Baker discusses the work we do, goes in-depth on the Bush family and the importance of good journalism.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Part 1 of a riveting account of the many varieties of violence from an elusive and unauthorized source, what the author calls “deep force violence.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes Here’s a sampling of what we accomplished in 2015 —
with your help. It shows the power we all have, when we choose to exercise it. Exciting stuff!
Reading Time: 2 minutes An NSA specialist who became an expert at hacking automobiles now works at Uber, the ride-sharing service. Is this something we ought to take interest in?