‘One big lie’


“It’s pathetic. [The American media] are more than obsequious, they are afraid to pick on [Obama],” Seymour Hersh, an investigative journalist who won the Pulitzer for uncovering the Vietnam War’s My Lai massacre, tells the Guardian.

In the interview, he rants about what he regards as the sorry state of his profession, taking a jab at the New York Times for spending “so much more time carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would.”

The SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden? “Nothing’s been done about that story,” Hersh complains.  “It’s one big lie — not one word of it is true.”

They are the latest eye-popping comments from Hersh, 76, who enjoys stirring the pot. His work routinely receives complaints that he never lets facts get in the way of a good story.

In 2009, for example, he told an audience at the University of Minnesota that Dick Cheney ran “an executive assassination ring.”

“Hersh is the closest thing American journalism has to a terrorist, frankly,” Richard Perle, a Pentagon official in the Reagan administration, once said.