....or a General careening from grace;
....or perhaps -- just perhaps -- a brand new Mercedes with a faulty engine.
Award-winning journalist Michael Hastings, whose piece in an issue of Rolling Stone with Lady Gaga on the cover cost Gen. Stanley McChrystal his job as commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan in 2010, died at 33 when his Benz went kaboom in L.A.
The most chilling part of the anchor's report in the YouTube clip above is when he stoically utters the words "no other vehicles were involved." Watch the clip again. It looks like an outtake from a "Fast & Furious" installment; the first time I watched it I half expected to see Vin Diesel walking away from the wreckage.
But, no; this is real life. Real DEATH. Is it the final nail in journalism's coffin? Quite possibly. There is a part of me that believes that is someone somewhere's hope. According to WikiLeaks, Hastings was under FBI investigation, even while they've issued their standard "no comment." This is three years out from the controversial article's publication -- some would suggest just enough time for the dust to settle.
As for Mercedes, they haven't so much as even given the "no comment." Yet. I assume they are waiting to see how the scapegoat costume fits.