Investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is definitely on the left philosophically.
But he’s also consistent in pursuit of the truth, which is a problem when almost all of the rest of the establishment press has become leftist Obama administration lapdogs.
The excerpt which follows doesn’t require a lot of elaboration (bolds are mine):
Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media
… The Obama administration lies systematically, he claims, yet none of the leviathans of American media, the TV networks or big print titles, challenge him.
… He says in some ways President George Bush’s administration was easier to write about. “The Bush era, I felt it was much easier to be critical than it is [of] Obama. Much more difficult in the Obama era,” he said.
Asked what the solution is Hersh warms to his theme that most editors are pusillanimous and should be fired.
“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’.
… If Hersh was in charge of US Media Inc, his scorched earth policy wouldn’t stop with newspapers.
“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.
Hersh is currently on a break from reporting, working on a book which undoubtedly will make for uncomfortable reading for both Bush and Obama.
“The republic’s in trouble, we lie about everything, lying has become the staple.” And he implores journalists to do something about it.
There are, Sy. They look for the tiniest misstatements on the right and blow them out of proportion, while ignoring the daily stream of whoppers from the Obama administration and the left.