Perhaps it’s coincidence that New York magazine chose Veterans Day to publish its controversial story on the late war reporter, Michael Hastings.
The posthumous profile has been criticized for its attention to the failings of the young journalist, who died in a mysterious car crash this June, at the age of 33. Many believe he was murdered by powerful interests, either as revenge for stories already written or to protect themselves from his ongoing investigations.
A hero-turned-martyr to the WikiLeaks set, Hastings could also be reckless, with a history of mental health problems and uneven sobriety. And there were those who questioned his methodology as a journalist.
The story reminded me of my own experience with criticism of his work, in a story I researched but never published.
This Old House
New hires involving mere mortals handling the nation’s money problems emerged today; the one you didn’t hear of was Kathleen Weiss Hanley, who was named to the deputy post over at the SEC’s moderately shiny RiskFin division. It is both less important and shiny than that other announcement, wherein President Obama named Alan Krueger as his pick to chair the White House Council of Economic Advisors. Who is he, and what will he do?
Good news! Foreclosures are at their lowest levels in four years!
Wait, no, that’s horrible news. There are so many delinquent homes out there, the banks don’t want to repossess them, and even when they want to, the bottleneck caused by the robo-signing scandal is still holding up the whole party. The Obama administration has a simple solution: Just rent it.
In demanding that Israel retreat to its pre-1967 borders as a starting point for negotiations with the Palestinians, President Obama confirmed what many have suspected for some time: he is not a friend of Israel.
No friend, no true ally, would ask another state to put its very existence in jeopardy. But that is precisely Read More
Over the past few days, there has been a run on potassium iodide tablets in Brooklyn. Co-op shelves have been stripped bare as concerns mount over the fate of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan and the impact a meltdown might have on this brownstone borough. Part of the blame for the Read More
Following the lead of nations like India and the Arab Emirates an Obama administration task force is working to ensure that your phone, email and even Facebook status are available for immediate and consistent snooping.
A 1994 law established that cell and broadband network companies must design their systems so that survelliance can begin immediately Read More
For those of us who worked closely with environmental professionals during the eight years of the Bush Administration, we know that it was a time of declining resources and reduced political support for environmental regulation. It was demoralizing and more than a little scary. Last weekend an excellent piece of environmental reporting by the New Read More
It is amazing to me how the media can both create and resolve its own conflicts. On April 10 John Broder wrote a piece for The New York Times, “Obama, Who Vowed Rapid Action on Climate Change, Turns More Cautious.” In the story Broder asks, “Has the administration scaled back its global-warming Read More