As leaks from “friends of the family” continued to muddy the waters surrounding the late reporters death, I’ve been waiting to hear some official statement from the family. This latest sit-down with Elise Jordan was, to say the least, disappointing.
The only thing learned from the Piers Morgan interview is that the ground rules for the interview were explicitly laid out and he was so constrained by the limitations he couldn’t even fill an 8 minute segment. I doubt he was too bothered by it though. Six minutes into the interview, he gets to completely phone it in, “You a Yankees fan?” and, naturally following up with, “what would Michael have thought of [the Alex Rodriguez controversy]?”
The strangeness of the interview only increases in light of the coroner’s report which was released yesterday. The timing of the interview suggests that the family sought to get out in front of the report to make sure to put as forgiving a light on the drug use as possible. She immediately took the NY Times to task for Hastings’ obit so they are understandably concerned about Hastings’ legacy. But she refuses to mention the drug use at all. No homage to a great, but flawed man who fell to the grip of addiction? The rumors of her vow to “take down whoever did this” and her subsequent reversal where she now believes it all an accident, and that the body was cremated against the wishes of the family rumor are all, apparently, off limits as well. Christ, he can’t even ask if Hastings had a heavy foot? Of course, all of this adds up to, well, nothing. She is certainly entitled to say at little or as much as she pleases. It’s strange though, as is life.
Many media outlets have been playing up the drug angle. The Young Turks did an excellent segment bashing those irresponsible parties yesterday to which I have only one thing to add. If you read the toxicology report, he tested positive for trace amounts of Amphetamines using a GC/MS (gas chromatography/mass spectrometer) and negative for Methamphetamine using ELISA, the former test being much more sensitive than the latter. So had Hastings been alive when they did the tests, he could have passed a routine piss test for Methamphetamine. Put that on your tinfoil and torch it.
One last thing, in defense of Ms. Jordan. Many commented on youtube that she seemed to be “acting” and that her behavior was very strange during the interview. Personally I didn’t find her behavior all that off. And I think the reason for that may be that we’re from roughly the same region, the South (as anyone who listened to her speak could quickly pick up on). Her behavior and disposition wasn’t all that abnormal for women of Mississippi, especially the young well-heeled types. Though I can see how her rather saccharine disposition and manner of speaking comes across as feigned, it is much more genuine than it might appear if you’re not accustomed to it.