Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Iraq - It's OK To Lie

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Chris Suellentrop reports "Sy Hersh Says It’s Okay to Lie (Just Not in Print)".

You may remember Sy Hersh for coming up with all those scoops about American troops committing atrocities in Iraq. Stories like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. After the photographs were made public, Hersh went on TV and stated that there were thousands of such photographs on CDs. To date Hersh has failed to produce a single new photograph.

Hersh also claimed to have videotape of US troops raping boys at the prison. Here again, Hersh failed to produce any such tape.

There are many such instances as Sullentrop documents in his article.

Turns out Hersh "thinks" there ought to be a scandal, throws out an outrageous claim, and waits for someone to contact him to give him the scoop.

Not one of these exclusives appeared in the pages of The New Yorker, however. Instead, Hersh delivered them in speeches on college campuses and in front of organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and on public-radio shows like “Democracy Now!” In most cases, Hersh attaches a caveat—such as “I’m just talking now, I’m not writing”—before unloading one of his blockbusters, which can send bloggers and reporters scurrying for confirmation.

Hersh doesn't mind "fudging" what he says.

Then there’s Sy. He’s the public speaker, the pundit. On the podium, Sy 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.”

Hersh obviously subscribes to the fake but accurate style of jounalism. Fortunately, as is so often the case these days, bloggers expose the truth. Still the damage is done.

Many who blogged the revelation believed that Hersh was talking about multiple rapes committed by American soldiers. Nearly everyone took it for granted that Hersh had seen the videotapes himself because he’d described their horrifying soundtrack. And everyone did assume that there were in fact videotapes, which there may not be. (“Was it a video camera or a digital camera? Nobody was quite sure,” Hersh told students at Tufts later in the year.) The speech was so widely blogged that the ACLU says Hersh asked it to remove part of the video—including the sodomy allegation—from the organization’s Website, which it proceeded to do.

Hersh's actions are actually aiding the enemy and he should be charged.

Be sure to read the rest and then remember, the next time you see or hear anything by Hersh, think bullshit.

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