[Marxism] The Odyssey of Seymour Hersh | The Nation

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 4 06:31:54 MDT 2018

Hersh’s recent reporting has triggered much commentary about whether the 
great investigator has turned conspiracy theorist. In a searching 
analysis in the British magazine Prospect, Steve Bloomfield surmises 
that, “after decades of exposing lies told by the American government,” 
Hersh seems to have forgotten “that other governments have their own 
reasons for being mendacious too.” Pressed by Bloomfield in an interview 
to explain his lack of skepticism about the Syrian claims, Hersh 
demurred. Not once in Reporter does Hersh take note of Assad’s butchery 
and the hundreds of thousands of deaths his regime is responsible for. 
Instead, he observes that Assad’s factual assertions during their 
interviews “invariably checked out.” From Hersh’s own description, one 
gets the impression that Assad detected the reporter’s vanity and 
shrewdly played on it by showing him solicitude and respect. Hersh’s 
credulous attitude toward the Syrian leader recalls his old colleagues’ 
deference toward Henry Kissinger. After writing so extensively about the 
dangers of access, Hersh seems to have fallen prey to them himself.


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