Seymour Hirsch Says The Obama bin Laden Story Is “One Big Lie”

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.

It doesn’t take much to fire up Hersh, the investigative journalist who has been the nemesis of US presidents since the 1960s and who was once described by the Republican party as “the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist”.

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.

Seymour Hersh on Obama, NSA and the ‘pathetic’ American media | Media | theguardian.com

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7 Responses to Seymour Hirsch Says The Obama bin Laden Story Is “One Big Lie”

  1. phodges says:

    That is great stuff, I am amazed it even made it to print.

    The problem is that both the politicians and the media take their orders from the web of corporate funded think tanks. Until corporate/financial power is broken and our government freed from it’s grip nothing will change.

    • Don says:

      Well, it wasn’t an American media outlet. Hersh is rather mild in fact. The big dinosaur media in America are whores for the Democrats. (As too many in talk radio are for the Republicans – Which is why Michael Savage is getting drive time beginning January 2014 and Hannity is losing that slot in some big markets).

      Look at how many from the media are in this administration direct from the media, a revolving door. If not for talk radio and the internet we’d be in much worse shape then we already are and that’s saying a lot.

  2. Sundance says:

    Steve thanks for this article. While I agree with Hersh’s assessment of the US press, I don’t share his optimism that US news editors or journalists will ever do what is needed to become credible again.

  3. Ben says:

    I agree, my point being, why oh why would you assassinate your number one intelligence asset before waterboarding him 10x more than Khalid Sheikh Mohammed?

    If you are going to waterboard Khalid, then surely you will waterboard Osama.
    Osama is currently in an undisclosed, indisposed location, suffering untold torments each time Al-Qaeda rears its ugly little head.

  4. Seymour Hersh is correct except the drying up of U.S. funds was not the reason. Bin Laden had been critically ill for years with kidney failure. His time in Afghanistan worsened his condition. There was a huge U.S. bounty on him dead or alive. We knew where he was starting in 2004 and that he was domiciled in Pakistan beyond our reach. We left him there and waited. It was confirmed over a three day period that he was near death so a deal was struck. When he dies, we will be allowed to come in and retrieve his body and take the glory for the American people. The reward money went into a Swiss account that week with the understanding the body must be returned to his Saudi Billionaire family unmolested. Then, without the Navy Seals knowing, they were sent in to CAPTURE him. Being overzealous they crashed the chopper because they thought there would be resistance. When they arrived all of his protectors, visitors and other associates had been extracted by Al-Qaida.

    The Seals realized that something wasn’t right when they found his body wrapped and waiting for them with unarmed woman surrounding him. So in a Glory Panic Moment they shot the body up and took it away. The body was delivered to Saudi Arabia. The Seals didn’t know Obama knew he was already dead and were severely reprimanded for falsifying the story and molesting the body…

    The Seal who has been parading around like “Bob Ford” the man who bragged of killing Jesse James is a phony. He shot a dead body and there is nothing the President can do but squeeze him out of the Navy. He never has gained any fame. The photos taken would have to be shown all together and would show Post Mortem Wounds. The video and photos will never be seen and there is no valid video of the burial at sea. We keep getting our oil from the Saudis and the Pakis still get their money.

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