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Journalism at its finest

This is a fine article. The MNA is a hysterically far-right organization with a habit of absolutely bizarre behavior. Yesterday, they published an article on Hersh’s latest reporting. There’s no real content; it’s a laundry list of personal attacks on Hersh. But it’s sorta fun to read:

So that’s the gist of Seymour Hersh’s article appearing in the New Yorker, a magazine that’s so snobbish even their cartoons are unfunny — unless you’re stoned on marijuana in which case everything gets a giggle.

Yeah! Stupid snobs.

Former military intelligence officer and NYPD detective Sidney Francis called Hersh’s article the “rantings of a has-been investigative reporter on crack.”

When Hersh made some false claims about the Iraq invasion plans, Pentagon adviser Richard Perle called him “the closest thing we have to a terrorist.”

But it’s when Seymour Hersh visits the halls of higher education that he shines the most. This is when he’s able to take off his gloves and flex his leftist muscles. His diatribes are well regarded by the dwellers of academia’s ivory towers, but they differ little from those of Michael Moore, Al “Stuart Smalley” Franken or Rosie O’Donnell.

One of these is not like the other…

Here’s what Seymour Hersh said during a keynote speech he gave at an ACLU event:

“I’ll tell you what an Israeli told me. And the Israelis as you know — a very tough, hard-nosed Israeli told me at one point, about all this — he said, you know, we hate the Arabs. This is a guy who spent his career in the intelligence service and, you know, his hands are bloody. He said, we hate the Arabs, and the Arabs hate us, and before 1948, we’ve been killing Arabs, and they’ve been killing us. But I have to tell you something, he said. We know somewhere down the line, we’re going to have to live with these people, much as we can’
t stand them, they’re going to have to be our neighbors. And if we had done in our prisons to the Arabs what you have done to the Arabs in your prisons, we couldn’t live that way.”

Not only does Hersh make up stories about the US military, he also makes them up about imaginary Israelis — or Israelis too dumb to know their own history of fighting terrorism and their enemies. Mr. Hersh has a lot to learn from the “pajama bloggers” about accuracy.

I like this kind of journalism. They state their thesis and gather evidence to support it. In this case, they claim Hersh is making this up. Their support? Uh, I’ll get back to you on that.

The only half-serious claim they make in the article is that Hersh hasn’t proved some of his stories. Seems to be a rather weak objection. He does rely on anonymous sources for a lot of his reporting, but it seems like he turns out to be right when we get more information.

Now, the closer:

Hersh, by his own admission, plays loose and fancy-free with the truth. New York Magazine writer Chis Suelentrop wrote the follow: “On the podium, Sy[mour] is willing to tell a story that’s not quite right, in order to convey a Larger Truth. “Sometimes I change events, dates, and places in a certain way to protect people,” Hersh told me. “I can’t fudge what I write. But I can certainly fudge what I say.”

Seymour Hersh is the last person to revive radical-chic in New York or anywhere else for that matter.

Yes, Hersh is a liar because he tries to protect his anonymous sources from being outed. For shame!

As an aside, I think the MNA needs a better editor.

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