[Marxism] Seymour Hersh gets it wrong on Turkey - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 11 06:08:26 MDT 2014

True, Hersh is a journalist who has done formidable work in the past. 
But, as Kenar writes, to have Pulitzers doesn’t guarantee that you will 
write reliable and accurate reports all your life. For example, The New 
York Times writer Thomas Friedman has three Pulitzers, but they did not 
stop him from getting it wrong on the Iraq invasion.

Is this Hersh's first dubious reporting? Wasn’t it Hersh who said that 
the US operation to kill Osama bin Laden was a big lie? Wasn’t it Hersh 
who said that the Fatah al-Islam outfit in Lebanon was financed by Saad 
Hariri and the United States? Didn’t it later come out that Fatah 
al-Islam was supported by the Syrian intelligence?

One of Hersh's main sources at that time was former Lebanese Minister 
Michel Samaha, who has now been charged with organizing attacks in 
Lebanon on behalf of Syrian intelligence.


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