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June 18th, 2013
10:47 PM ET

Piers Morgan on Michael Hastings: "He was a terrific, provocative journalist who will be really, really missed"

On the heels of Tuesday's sad news about the shocking death of journalist Michael Hastings, who died tragically in a morning car accident, "Piers Morgan Live" invited Glenn Greenwald and Daniel Ellsberg to remember his life and legacy.

A friend of this show, Hastings appeared several times in 2012, most recently in November when he debated the implications of General David Petraeus' sex scandal. Earlier in that same year Hastings discussed Governor Scott Walker's reelection and Barack Obama's reelection campaign.

"It's hard to process the fact Michael is gone," Greenwald told Piers Morgan. "He was a friend of mine but more importantly than that, he was one of the nation's really relentless journalists that who disregarded the rules of access journalism."

Many will remember Hastings for his truth seeking and hard-hitting journalism, including his "Rolling Stone's" article entitled "The Runaway General", which ultimately forced General Stanley McChrystal to step down:

"He was really about defying convention and getting to the truth about being adversarial to those in power," Greenwald declared. "It's a tremendous loss to journalism."

Ellsberg remembers sharing the screen with Hastings, as the two were paired together on CNN:

"[I] had the opportunity to tell him how much I admired his brave investigative reporting. That's a real loss because there aren't that many investigative reporters and of course what the Obama administration is doing right now ... is trying to shut off their sources."

The host closed out the segment with his own sentiments:

"My condolences obviously go out to Michael Hastings' family," Morgan began. "He was a regular on this show and will be sorely missed by us, by everyone at CNN and indeed many news organizations. He was a terrific, provocative journalist who will be really, really missed."

Watch the clip for more of Greenwald, Ellsberg and Morgan's memories of Hastings, and for the next edition of "Piers Morgan Live," watch CNN every night at 9.
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  1. stambo2001

    An investigative journalist gets 'accidented'. Considering the cynicism in the world right now it makes you wonder if Obama just crossed another name off his secret assassination list. Plays like a scene in a Grisham novel.

    June 20, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • bandaloopdeloop

      The Young Turks reports that Hastings called a lawyer for WikiLeaks, saying that he suspected the FBI was investigating him.

      June 20, 2013 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. SoCalMom

    Check out the last piece Hastings wrote before he died in that crash.... America has lost one of it's few remaining incorruptible investigative reporters.

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