Seymour Hersh: Bin Laden Assassination Story "One Big Lie", Journalists Failing America

| by Jonathan Wolfe

Pulitzer Prize winner and New Yorker writer Seymour Hersh is one of the greatest investigative journalists of the last half-century.  He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for exposing the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam and its subsequent cover-up by governments.

Never afraid to criticize current political powers, Hersh has been every U.S. president’s worst nightmare for decades.  He was once described by the Republican Party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist.”

So it comes as no surprise that when Hersh talks, people tend to listen. In a recent interview with the Guardian, Hersh called out American media outlets for “holding water” for the Obama administration. He even went as far as calling the entire Osama Bin Laden assassination narrative given by the administration a lie.

"Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true," Hersh said.

"The Pakistanis put out a report, don't get me going on it. Let's put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It's a bullshit report.”

Hersh goes on to claim that the Obama administration lies as a matter of habit, and that they can get away with it because the American media fails to challenge their narratives.

"It's pathetic, they are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on this guy [Obama]," Hersh said. “It used to be when you were in a situation when something very dramatic happened, the president and the minions around the president had control of the narrative, you would pretty much know they would do the best they could to tell the story straight. Now that doesn't happen anymore. Now they take advantage of something like that and they work out how to re-elect the president.”

"Do you think Obama's been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What's going on [with journalists]?" he asks

In the rest of the interview, Hersh speaks on a wide variety of topics ranging from Edward Snowden to his plan for fixing journalism. It really is a piece worth checking out. You can read it here

Source: The Guardian