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June 19th, 2013
05:32 PM ET

Remembering reporter Michael Hastings

By CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper

Journalism lost a rising star Tuesday, when Rolling Stone and Buzzfeed writer Michael Hastings was killed in a single car accident early in the morning in Los Angeles.

Hastings was best known for his 2010 story "The Runaway General," which featured General Stanley McChrystal and his aides speaking disparagingly about senior members of the Obama administration, resulting in the end of McChrystal's command in Afghanistan and his military career

Hastings himself was a friend of mine, and someone whose fearlessness – both in terms of his reporting from combat zones and his lack of concern for what people in power thought of him – I admired.

He's the last person who would want a gauzy saintly portrayal of a man who had his share of foibles – along with those considerable talents – so let me just say I hope some of that fearlessness can somehow be sprinkled upon those of us journalists who remain on this earth.Michael I will miss you.

Michael Hastings was 33.

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