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Michael Hastings to Cover 2012 Election for BuzzFeed



Michael Hastings
, the Rolling Stone writer who’s 2010 piece “The Runaway General” on Stanley McChrystal was easily among the most talked about magazine articles of the past five years, has signed on with BuzzFeed to cover the remainder of the 2012 presidential election. BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith gave Hastings a warm welcome on Twitter.

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Vanity Fair: ‘Why the Hacks Hate Michael Hastings’

Barrett Brown, pundit critic, Vanity Fair contributor and True/Slant blogger defends Michael Hastings author of the explosive Rolling Stone piece that appears to have taken down a four star general and possibly change the course of the war in Afghanistan from the haters.

Brown writes:

Yes, Rich; the most impact-laden story of the year, the one in which General Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and his aides talked trash about President Barack Obama and members of his administration, appeared in Rolling Stone, not National Review. And it was written by a perfect specimen of the new breed of journalist-commentator that will hopefully come to replace the old breed sooner rather than later, and which has already collectively surpassed the old guard by every measure that counts–for instance, not being forever wrong about matters of life and death.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Freelancer Michael Hastings Shakes Up Military Brass

  • Freelancer Michael Hastings Shakes Up Military Brass

    In case you have not heard the story, Michael Hastings a freelancer and True/Slant blogger got exclusive access to General Stanley McChrystal for a profile in Rolling Stone. The General talked trash about the current administration. The White House Press Corp asked their boiler plate question about the status of the President’s anger. Now McChrystal has offered his resignation. He has been called to the White House for a meeting tomorrow.

    Here’s Michael’s interview with Diane Sawyer.

    The point is: the profile is a damn fine piece of journalism and reporting. Plus this is a win for freelance journalists everywhere. Way to score some respect for those without a staff position! Woo!

    Time Names Bernanke Person Of The Year

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    Time magazine’s managing editor Richard Stengel was on the “Today” show this morning to (finally) announce the magazine’s Person of the Year: Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.

    personoftheyear.jpgThe Person of the Year issue, due on newsstands on Friday, features the first full, on-the-record print interview with Bernanke since he was named chairman of the Fed. Said Stengel of the cover and cover story: “It’s a throwback cover. It’s like a Person of the Year cover from the 1940′s or 50′s. It’s a great, great story by our senior correspondent Michael Grunwald. And it’s basically about who is influencing how the economy operates.”

    Adds Grunwald in the magazine:

    “The main reason Ben Shalom Bernanke is Time‘s Person of the Year for 2009 is that he is the most important player guiding the world’s most important economy. His creative leadership helped ensure that 2009 was a period of weak recovery rather than catastrophic depression, and he still wields unrivaled power over our money, our jobs, our savings and our national future.”

    The Person of the Year package also includes interviews with the Person of the Year runners-up: Nancy Pelosi, General Stanley McChrystal, Usain Bolt and “the Chinese worker,” — represented by five factory workers in China.

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    Previously: Gearing Up For Time‘s Person Of The Year Announcement

    Gearing Up For Time‘s Person Of The Year Announcement

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    We’ve been waiting — patiently! — for the announcement of Time magazine’s Person of the Year since attending a debate on the matter hosted by the magazine last month.

    Then, on Friday, we learned that Time managing editor Richard Stengel would be making the big announcement live on Wednesday on the “Today” show. Today and tomorrow, the morning show will be doing features on the Person of the Year lists to get us even more excited for the big reveal. Hopefully we won’t be sick of Stengel and this whole waiting game by then. (Stengel was on today and will be back Wednesday, but he won’t be there tomorrow, we’re told.)

    Today, Stengel narrowed a previously released top ten list of contenders to a “shortlist” of seven. Looks like Time‘s person is going to be one of these: Steve Jobs, Ben Bernanke, Nancy Pelosi, General Stanley McChrystal, Usain Bolt, Barack Obama or “the Chinese worker.”

    And although the top person has already been chose by Time‘s top brass, you can still cast your vote for your choice.

    We’re still disappointed to see the Twitter guys missing from this shortlist. What do you think?

    Previously: Will Twitter Be Time‘s Person Of The Year?

    Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls

    time person you.jpgSince it’s now December (eek) the year that was 2009 is coming to a close. And you know what that means: for the next few weeks, end of the year lists and “best of” retrospectives will be filling up all of the magazines and Web sites that we love to read.

    In the last 24 hours, we’ve come across two polls seeking to name someone “Person of the Year,” and looking for the public’s helpful insight in order to do it. Whether the actual winner of these polls will be named Person of the Year — or if they are just a way to draw visitors and hits — remains to be seen.

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    New York Magazine Figures Out Where News Comes From

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    New York Magazine suffered a giant blow last week when it lost its owner Bruce Wasserstein. Still, the publication trucks on, just as fun and relevant as ever, and perhaps even more cleverly than ever with their recent dissection of how news is disseminated. The point of the article was to answer, definitively, who is breaking our top stories of the day; bloggers, television reporters, print journalists, or some unholy hybrid of that trinity. Their findings?

    Not very much. The news cycle of the 24-hours in question was driven by stories stemming from unlikely sources such as Andrew Breitbart, Yale Daily News, and the National Enquirer. We could have told you that CNN has basically become a blooper reel for YouTube without the graph. But there’s hope for traditional journalism:

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