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"WHAT BURNS FASTER, MEMORIES OR FLAMES?" -- The LAPD & Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings and His Fiery Car Crash (Accident or Assassination?) Sept. 14, 2013 [Ver 1.5 Last Updated Nov 21, 2013)

"WHAT BURNS FASTER, MEMORIES OR FLAMES?" -- The LAPD & Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings and His Fiery Car Crash (Accident or Assassination?) Sept. 14, 2013 [Ver 1.5 Last Updated Nov 21, 2013)

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Discussion of the LAPD & Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings and His Fiery Fatal Car Crash (Accident or Assassination?)

The LAPD toxicology lab found no trace of any drugs or alcohol except trace amounts of weed and amphetamine (possibly from Adderall or Ritalin) that “were unlikely to have an intoxicative effect.”

However, newspaper headlines said “drug use” was responsible for Hastings’ death and portrayed him as a relapsed meth head whose “tortured soul” suffered from paranoia and PTSD. The mainstream press coverage was a character assassination of Michael Hastings.

The key question still unanswered is WHY Hastings’ car was speeding so fast that night. The night he died he asked his neighbor to borrow her car because he thought someone may have tampered with his car. Maybe Hastings had reasons to be scared (or maybe he was paranoid) and drove too fast, or maybe his car brakes/accelerator had been “hacked” or tampered with.

Unfortunately, the LAPD never answered that question. IF this crash was an assassination, we will never know since the LAPD failed to find any evidence of foul play since they never looked for it.
Discussion of the LAPD & Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings and His Fiery Fatal Car Crash (Accident or Assassination?)

The LAPD toxicology lab found no trace of any drugs or alcohol except trace amounts of weed and amphetamine (possibly from Adderall or Ritalin) that “were unlikely to have an intoxicative effect.”

However, newspaper headlines said “drug use” was responsible for Hastings’ death and portrayed him as a relapsed meth head whose “tortured soul” suffered from paranoia and PTSD. The mainstream press coverage was a character assassination of Michael Hastings.

The key question still unanswered is WHY Hastings’ car was speeding so fast that night. The night he died he asked his neighbor to borrow her car because he thought someone may have tampered with his car. Maybe Hastings had reasons to be scared (or maybe he was paranoid) and drove too fast, or maybe his car brakes/accelerator had been “hacked” or tampered with.

Unfortunately, the LAPD never answered that question. IF this crash was an assassination, we will never know since the LAPD failed to find any evidence of foul play since they never looked for it.

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“WHAT BURNS FASTER, MEMORIES OR FLAMES?”
 
The Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings & His Fiery Car Crash (Tragic Accident or Assassination?)
Guy Montag
 -- www.feralfirefighter.blogspot.com September 11, 2013 [DRAFT Version 1.5; Last Updated 11-21-13
]
 
Kimberly Dvorak Gene Maddaus, LA Weekly
Profile: “A Dangerous Mind”
 
LA Weekly
Cover Story
“His car had crashed into a palm tree at 75 mph and exploded in a ball of fire … his death … res
ulted in a was deteriorating.
after a long period of sobriety, he had recently begun smoking pot to treat his  post-
swarm of conspiracy theories … Hastings' family and the Los Angeles Police Department both have dismissed the conspiracies. … Hastings had long been both brilliant and troubled. … Hastings' mental
health traumatic stress disorder
one of his brothers visited L.A. in an attempt to get Hastings into rehab
… coroner's sugg
estion that Hastings was taking
methamphetamine …
 
‘This is speculatio
n. But he's going at high speed. It's as if he was gripped by fear and he
was trying to outrun something…”
“The LAPD has done a really sloppy job investigating his case, and they were hoping for a mother lode of drugs in his system. When they didn’t get it … they had to insert speculation throughout their field report
to compensate for their lack of an investigation.
It’s so irresponsible.” [said Hastings’ family member]
 -- Russ Baker and David J. Krajicek (WhoWhatWhy, August 21, 2013)
 
In the wake of the L.A. County Coroner's report concluding
… journalist Michael Hastings' death was an accident, his family is … doing its best
 
to keep his legacy alive. … [Gene Maddaus’ “
Michael Hastings' Dangerous Mind
“] a lengthy “
 L.A. Weekly”
 story detailing his past drug use and struggles with addiction. "There are plenty of inaccuracies and falsehoods that have been claimed, but it doesn't change anything," [said his brother Jeff Hastings]. "Losing Mike is very painful; gossip and conspiracy theories are not." -- Sara Morrison (The Wrap, August 27, 2013
 
“Ruling out a priori the poss
ibility of foul play would be as logically fallacious as asserting its presence.
… what we really need in a case like this is a Mike Hastings. … knee
-
 jerk speculation … sits quite at odds with Hastings’ legacy of thorough reporting and serious probing. … I
t does little to honor his important journalistic legacy to apply any less skepticism than Hastings would have to a strange and tragic incident.
But skepticism is a different game altogether from wild speculation.”
 --
Salon.com
 
 
“What Burns Faster, Memories or Flames”
 2
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Page #:
Introduction
 – 
 
“Fulfilling Promises to a Ghost”
 
(& List of Updates)
 
5
“What Burns Faster, Memories or Flames?”
 11
 
“What Burns Faster, Memories or Flames
?
 12
 
“The Memories Never Go Away”
 13
 
“I Didn’t Think I Could Love Again”
 15
Remembering Michael Hastings
 1980 -- 2013 RIP
 
16
 
“Shit … Michael Hastings is Gone”
 17
 
“Fearless …
A Dick To Those In Power 
 18
 
 
“Forever Remembered as a Truth
-T
eller”
 19
 
“A Virus i
n The Body of Their Little Club
 20
 
“Definitely Not Some Military Hater”
 22
 
“The
 New York Times
 Will Attempt to Piss on That Career 
 25
 
“Conspiracy Theories Have Flowered on the Web”
 26
 
“Flew Too High and Came Down with a Crash”
 27
 
The Operators
 
… His Legacy Will Outlast
Theirs 28
 
“What Would Hastings Do?”
 31
“He Leaves Us All W
ith Little More Than Questions
…”
 33
 
WHY Was Michael Hasting’s Car Speeding
 & Running Red Lights at 4 AM? 34
 
After Snowden Leaks, Was Hastings Targeted Because of
His “Big Story” on
38 the NSA? Or CIA? Or Barrett Brown & the NSA Contractor
“Endgame”?
 
 
Could “Car Hacking”
Explain
Hastings’
 High-Speed Crash? 44
 
 
“What Burns Faster, Memories or Flames”
 3
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 (Continued) Page #:
Accident or Assassination
?”
--
Michael Hasting’s Fiery
Car Crash Death
 
50
 
Michael
Hasting’s Fiery Ca
r Crash: Accident or Assassination? 51
 
Pizzeria Mozza Crash Video & LA Reporter Michael Krikorian
’s
Investigation 57
 
LAPD Case Initial Report:
“We Have Found No Evidence of Foul Play”
 63
. . .
 
Kimberly
Dvorak’s Hastings’ Car Crash “Conspiracy Theories”
: 66
 
Myth: “
Car Not Speeding, Only Going 35 MPH Before Hitting Palm
Tree”
 71
 
Myth: “Mercedes Benz Among Safest Cars, Fatal Injuries
 Unlikely
 74
 
Myth:
Explosion Ejected Engine 170 Feet BEFORE Crash Scene
 76
6
 
Myth:
“A Mercedes Is Not Going To Explo
de
Into Flames Without Assistance.”
 84
 
Myth
: “Video Shows Three Explosions Before Car Crash
es Into Palm Tree
 89
 
Myth: “Body Cremated b
y
LAPD Against Family Wishes”
 90
 
"Whether It Turns Out To Be True Or Not, That's A Whole Other Issue”
 92
 . . .
 
LAP
D’s Final Accident Report:
"No One is Going to Have Access to that Anyway”
 97
"A Michael Hastings Non-
Conspiracy Theory”
 
105
 
“Crash & Burn”
 – 
 The Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings
 
114
 
 
The LAPD & Media Character Assassination of Michael Hastings 115
 
Myth: “LAPD Au
topsy Shows Hastings Had Meth and THC
in Body”
 118
 
Myth:
 LA Weekly’s
 
“A Dangerous Mind” – 
 Was Hastings Really a Crazy, 126 Paranoid, Tortured Soul With PSTD Who Had Relapsed Into Drug Abuse?
About the Author
 
134

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