Cashing in on those influential chips, journalist Michael Hastings made his mark with his Polk Award winning (2010 article) “The Runaway General” in Rolling Stone magazine. Exposing the “recklessness” of a commander in a “reckless war”, the piece brought about the resignation of General Stanley McChrystal by exposing the inner workings of his deadly wartime antics.
A frequent lecturer and supporter of his fellow writers, Hastings, 33, who pursued the truth until the end, was killed in an automobile accident on June 18th, 2013.
More info on Hastings and his tragic end can be obtained here: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/michael-hastings-rolling-stone-contributor-dead-at-33-20130618.
Meanwhile, anyone who uses the power of words to make their views (whether factual or funny, heartfelt or profane) known will definitely feel the loss of Hastings, deep within their strivingly poetic souls.