The Los Angeles Police Department has ruled out foul play in journalist Michael Hastings´ fatal car crash two months ago in Hollywood, but several media outlets are continuing to promote conspiracy theories about the circumstances surrounding his death. The theories, which suggest Hastings was assassinated shortly after sending friends a frantic email, have received attention beyond the usual fringe suspects partly because of ongoing reporting by freelance blogger Kimberly Dvorak for the CW Television Network affiliate San Diego 6. Dvorak, whom the station touts as an "investigative journalist," is a "National Homeland Security Correspondent" for Examiner.com, a blog network owned by
Although he is heavy with criticism regarding Dvorak and her "bona fides", Aronsen´s are pretty slim. A search for his bio information came up pretty empty until I found this HuffPo disclosure: That in August 2010 he was a working on his journalism degree at Iowa State University and had a research assistant internship at the Village Voice.
That and his being arrested with protesters and some other media types at Occupy Oakland is about it.
Re the Hastings crash, there is too much about it that is strange for it to be simply dismissed as "an accident".
(Cont´d) Contrary to Aronsen´s bold statement that the Los Angeles Police Department had "ruled out foul play", they had originally said they believed no foul play was involved, but the car was to be checked out for mechanical failure and the investigation was (obviously!) ongoing.
Aronsen picked up his "ruled out" from a headline in the Los Angeles Times immediately after the crash. No one had "ruled out" anything. To the best of my knowledge, no final determination as to the cause of the crash has been made.
After the article that was posted on this forum regarding hacking into the computer stuff in new car models, I can believe that the feds could take out anyone they want via a suspicious accident.
That is not paranoia folks. That is the feds exploiting technology. If somebody told you a year ago that your own government was spying on you via the NSA and the IRS, would you all be scoffing? Or would you be thinking and more alert.
PS: The National Enquirer used to be out in space kind of publication. After the OJ Simpson trial, they are actually out ahead of the pack with their stories, and they are usually right more often than the lame stream outlets.
I am always suspicious - wary - of anyone who tries to shut down investigation. And uses terms like "conspiracy theories" and "phony scandals" in the hope that questions will be shut down. Case closed.
Not quite, Mr. Aronsen. The LAPD comment, made anonymously within only a couple of days after the crash, about there not seeming to have been foul play was not "ruling out" except in the minds of journalists, who for their own reasons believed that the strange death of one of their own was no big deal. The operative words were "didn´t seem to have been foul play involved". Nothing was ruled out because it was too early. At that time they didn´t even have a positive identification that it was Hastings in the car.
Ms. Dvorak is raising legitimate questions based upon what is known, including Hastings´s own messages to close friends within the last day before he died. The eyewitness to the crash described a strange situation where an explosion and the car´s "jacknifing" preceded its hitting the tree. And so on. She has apparently been involved in filing FOIA requests as the police and firefighters involved in the crash were put under a gag order.
It has only been two months. Why would Aronsen believe that any inquiry should be stifled, summarily cut off, and the inquirer(s) slammed as being irresponsible?
I´ve seen several reports by Kimberly Dvorak on this subject, and she appears to be a serious journalist and is entirely credible. She asks for help from the public, for any new information. She knows that something isn´t right. Considering that the subject of Michael´s last article is John Brennan, I wouldn´t be surprised if they find out a drone was responsible.
If you research what happens to this type of Mercedes in head-on crashes, you will find that the engine has never left the vehicle ever! Mercedes pours millions into the safety of their vehicles so the occupants can survive much worse crashes than this one. Remember the 17 year old girl who recently survived (with the help of a Catholic priest) a head-on crash at freeway speed in her Mercedes? Hastings was assassinated.
This whole story reminds me of the demise of Breitbart.
I read it with an open mind, but Aronsen lost credibility within a few paragraphs. In one sentence he managed to impugn the Examiner thee times. First by referring to it as a "blog network", owned by a "Republican billionaire", with "minimal editorial oversight" The same sentence uses the perjorative "touts" and scare quotes around "investigative journalist". When I see such an attempted hatchet job, I don´t trust the "journalist" writing it.
Whether the Examiner is a blog network or not, I see the labeling of it as such as part of state journalism´s campaign to delegitimize blogs. The "Republican billionaire" is red meat for most of Mother Jones´ readership. "Minimal editorial oversight" is part of the state journalism mantra, and laughable considering how inaccurate and incompetent state journalism is. I see minimal editorial oversight as a plus and also, it logically weakens the "Republican billionaire" perjorative.
Victor Davis Hanson´s surgical dismissal of a persistent critic seems to fit here:
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