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  •  Seymour Hersh on how to fix the media (9+ / 0-)

    Guardian: Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the 'pathetic' American media

    Seymour Hersh has got some extreme ideas on how to fix journalism – close down the news bureaus of NBC and ABC, sack 90% of editors in publishing and get back to the fundamental job of journalists which, he says, is to be an outsider.

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    He is angry about the timidity of journalists in America, their failure to challenge the White House and be an unpopular messenger of truth.

    Don't even get him started on the New York Times which, he says, spends "so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would" – or the death of Osama bin Laden. "Nothing's been done about that story, it's one big lie, not one word of it is true," he says of the dramatic US Navy Seals raid in 2011.

    "I'll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can't control," he says. I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don't get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say 'I don't care what you say'.

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    "I would close down the news bureaus of the networks and let's start all over, tabula rasa. The majors, NBCs, ABCs, they won't like this – just do something different, do something that gets people mad at you, that's what we're supposed to be doing," he says.

    •  That's the first (7+ / 0-)

      I've heard about Osama bin Laden suspicions. Hersh has been pretty wrong before.

      Ceiling Cat rules....srsly.

      by side pocket on Sun Sep 29, 2013 at 09:56:38 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah (7+ / 0-)

        That seemed really kooky to me. He dances around his bin Laden allegations, but he's saving them for his book:

        He says a recent report put out by an "independent" Pakistani commission about life in the Abottabad compound in which Bin Laden was holed up would not stand up to scrutiny. "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," he says hinting of revelations to come in his book.
        Hersh broke reporting on the My Lai massacre, but I wonder if he now sees conspiracy and cover-up everywhere even when there is none?

        Anyway, I think it distracts from his message on the mendacity and uselessness of most of the American media.

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