The first fellowship will be awarded this fall...
"Proposed topics may include American foreign and national security policy; federal or local counterterrorism policy; the U.S. military; whistle-blowers; government secrecy; federal law enforcement; the military-industrial complex; veterans; human rights in conflict zones; and other related topics."
Is this an NSA-CIA-FBI-Pentagon ploy to identify other potential "troublemakers" and neutralize them if necessary?
Could death suddenly occur to other Buzzfeed journalists who could have pissed somebody off in Washington?
It should be noted that General McChrystal's fanboys threatened Hastings with harm if he wrote anything "negative" about their "god."
Then Buzzfeed continues its entrapment ploy -- "The fellow will also have a demonstrated ability to challenge powerful institutions, and a clear vision for a project that tells stories that those in power have no particular interest in having told.
"Challenge powerful institutions"? While the NSA is hoovering everything from phone calls to emails? Is Buzzfeed fucken kidding or what?
"The reporter's background may be in investigative journalism; or it may, like Michael's, be in powerful narrative journalism; or it may be a combination of the two.
"The product of the fellowship - which can be as few as a half dozen stories, or as many as dozens, and which could also ultimately result in a book - will appear on BuzzFeed. The reporter will work with BuzzFeed's political team and foreign editor, as well as other editors as needed, and will report to BuzzFeed's editor in chief.
"The fellow will receive a stipend of $100,000, plus benefits and related expenses for one year."
Will there be a personal bodyguard available 24/7 in case the investigation gets too close to the truth? Will Buzzfeed provide a life insurance policy in case the writer has an "accident" like Hastings? Enquiring minds want to know...
"Michael Hastings, who died at the age of 33, wrote stories that would not otherwise have been written, and found emotionally gripping ways to tell stories about vital policy decisions. He wrote for a wide range of new and old media outlets, from Newsweek to Gawker to GQ. His best-known piece, 2010's "The Runaway General" in Rolling Stone, raised questions about the U.S. commitment to Afghanistan, prompted the dismissal of the top American commander there, and sped the end of the U.S. engagement in that conflict. He then covered the 2012 election campaign and Hollywood for BuzzFeed. He was the author of three books.
ATTN: J-School Grads. You may be getting set-up for "extraordinary rendition" and worse by this self-promoting Buzzfeed scam. Remember that the USA is in a post-PATRIOT Act environment while Buzzfeed is pretending to act like Bernstein and Woodward. Them days is over, pal...
MEMO TO JONAH PERETTI & BEN SMITH: You might want to rethink this and apologize to all the naive J-School grads who might actually believe your bullshit.
And then you might want to change the name of your business to BUZZKILL.
Take a look at this interview by CNN government-media shill Piers Morgan with Michael Hastings's wife Elise Jordan.
Does she sound like a grieving widow with her bubbly smiley way-too-happyface? Or does she appear to be more like a "crisis actor"?
And then -- get this -- she calls her husband's death "unlucky". "Unlucky"? Like he didn't win the lottery? WTF!
(August 5, 2013) Michael Hastings' Widow Finally Speaks on Piers Morgan: Was His Death A Conspiracy? --- Elise Jordan, the wife of late journalist Michael Hastings, spoke out in her first TV interview since her husband's death, opening up to CNN's Piers Morgan about her husband and how much he would have loved to cover the NSA surveillance story that broke a week before his death.
Jordan told Morgan, "I was blessed to have the time with him that I had." Morgan asked her if she believed any of the "wild conspiracy theories" that have emerged about his death. Jordan said as far as she's concerned it was just a "really tragic accident, and I'm very unlucky, and the world was very unlucky."
Jordan reminisced on her husband's career, including his infamous piece on General Stanley McChrystal. She hammered the New York Times for its "totally classless" obituary on Hastings, before telling Morgan that Hastings would really have loved to cover the NSA story.