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Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:12 AM

CNN Airs Never Before Seen Michael Hastings Interview: ‘I Wish I’d Had A Few Thousand More Words’

CNN’s Reliable Sources guest host John Avlon aired excerpts of a never-before-seen interview he and his wife conducted of now-deceased journalist Michael Hastings and his wife Elise Jordan last summer, in which Hastings spoke candidly about his career-making piece on General Stanley McChrystal, and the loss of his girlfriend in the Iraq War

“I wish I’d had a few thousand more words, because then I would have really unloaded what I knew,” Hastings said of any potential regrets over the Rolling Stone article that ended up costing McChrystal his job, adding that he had no idea the furor his piece would cause. “I figured that it would be talked about on cable news for a couple hours. I think I brought a suit with me back to Afghanistan just in case there was any TV interest.”

“These personal relationships can have huge impact on major policy decisions,” he said. “Because of this tension, for months the Afghan policy was in total disarray…I did not realize the depth of the animosity, and how much anger there was at the White House, at him, for pushing the policy to escalate in Afghanistan in 2009. That’s where the anger came from: the White House did not want to escalate in Afghanistan. General McChrystal, they felt, boxed them in to that position.”


http://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnn-airs-never-before-seen-michael-hastings-interview-i-wish-id-had-a-few-thousand-more-words/


CNN host John Avlon said that Elise Jordan is going to finish the last piece Michael Hastings was working on, which was a book on John Brennan of the CIA. Video of the interview at the link.

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Reply CNN Airs Never Before Seen Michael Hastings Interview: ‘I Wish I’d Had A Few Thousand More Words’ (Original post)
octoberlib Jul 2013 OP
ohheckyeah Jul 2013 #1
NuclearDem Jul 2013 #2
octoberlib Jul 2013 #3
sabrina 1 Jul 2013 #4
octoberlib Jul 2013 #5
RobertEarl Jul 2013 #6
think Jul 2013 #7

Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:15 AM

1. thanks for the post -

I'll be watching the interview tomorrow.

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:17 AM

2. Man, I miss Michael so badly

Needless to say I'll be watching this.

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Response to NuclearDem (Reply #2)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:22 AM

3. He'll be sorely missed. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Original post)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:35 AM

4. So sad, he was an excellent reporter. I wish we had a thousand more like him.

I am glad his wife is going to finish what he was working on.

John Brennan, now part of the Obama Administration, apologist for torture? THAT Brennan?

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 12:39 AM

5. Yep. nt

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Response to octoberlib (Reply #5)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 01:24 AM

6. Bet JB is not gonna miss Michael

But I'm sure the cia didn't ever pay any attention to someone writing a book about a cia boss. Surely not. They have much better things to do.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Jul 8, 2013, 01:44 AM

7. CIA Director, Apologist for torture, and Drone program warrior tooo...

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