Compulsive Liar Seymour Hersh Claims Bin Laden Raid “One Big Lie”

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So far the best evidence that the Bin Laden raid happened exactly the way it’s supposed to have happened is that Seymour Hersh just called it all one big lie.

Some conservatives sites are quoting Hersh’s attack on the media. That’s like quoting Al Capone’s attack on the honesty of Chicago aldermen. It’s not the best source for that argument.

Seymour Hersh, a compulsive liar, who makes things up while quoting anonymous sources and has been allowed to get away with this for longer than any journalist should have been able to, is an expert at lying. Not at exposing lies. But at making up crazy lies.

Any intro on Hersh begins with Mai Lai. It conveniently ends there. Because when you get into more recent territory, you end up with stuff like this.

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh reports that Israel warned the US last year it would not be able to bring stability or democracy to Iraq. Now, hundreds of Israeli agents, including members of Mossad, are conducting covert operations in the Kurdish areas of northern Iraq, Iran and Syria.

Hundreds. That is a whole lot of Israeli agents. Apparently operating freely in large numbers in three hostile countries it shares no borders with. And the only man who knows it is a New Yorker writer.

In no fewer than six feature-length New Yorker articles published during the Bush administration, Hersh claimed that the United States was going to launch a war against the Islamic Republic. The first such article appeared more than seven years ago

That actually has been his only real topic for a while now.  It’s kind of sad.

 In 1974, he claimed that the former U.S. Ambassador to Chile, Edward Korry, was involved in a coup d’état the previous year. It wasn’t until 1981 that Hersh would write a 3,000-word, front-page retraction exonerating Korry that Time referred to as “the longest correction ever published.”

Only 7 years. According to Hersh, the war with Iran had been going on for about that long.

In 1991, Hersh published The Samson Option: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy, which featured a variety of stupendous (and occasionally, contradictory) allegations… Hersh also wrote that Israel had targeted cities in the Soviet Union with its nuclear arsenal while simultaneously passing along American nuclear secrets to Moscow.

But the anonymous sources in Hersh’ head said so.

The source for this, and much else in the book, was Ari Ben-Menashe, an Israeli con man and “spinner of tangled yarns,” according to Time. Perhaps the most infamous of such yarns was the 1980 meeting Ben-Menashe claims to have witnessed in Paris where then Vice Presidential candidate George H.W. Bush persuaded Iranian leaders to hold American hostages until after the election. Hersh himself would later admit that Ben-Menashe “lies like people breathe.”

A description that could easily be applied to Hersh.

But it wasn’t until the 1997 publication of his 500-page tome on the Kennedys, The Dark Side of Camelot, that Hersh would earn the opprobrium of the elite media that had, up until this time, praised him as the greatest muckraker since Upton Sinclair. As he had with his book on Israel’s nuclear-weapons program, Hersh fell for a hoax—in this case, a series of forged documents indicating that John F. Kennedy had, among many other indignities, offered hush money to his alleged lover, Marilyn Monroe, and had conspired with mafia bosses to overthrow Fidel Castro.

Yes, but what did the hundreds of Israeli agents have to do with it?

In short, when Seymour Hersh has a conspiracy theory based on anonymous sources, it’s worth less than a dying camel in Cairo. Occasionally he gets an actual tip about an actual story. That happens once in a blue moon. And it’s invariably an unfair and damaging attack on the United States. The rest of the time, the attacks are unfair, damaging and full of hot air.

  • Ken Kelso

    Another good article showing Hersh for the liar he is.
    When you read the article it shows how Hersh was an apologist for Assad saying he wants peace.
    Yes the Assad who gasses his people and kills any Syrian who opposes his dictatorship.
    The Deceits of Seymour Hersh
    James Kirchick — March 2012

    • malasangre

      $o we sold poison gas to Saddam. Doubt he m@de money actually killing people.

    • Liam Farrell

      Yes, cos Assad is so stupid to use sarin gas on weapons inspectors on his own soil in a city his forces dominate when the outcome brings no military advantage what so ever but could infact bring the unholy hell of American intervention on his head? Do you do any thinking before you post or is it just a reflex action?

  • tickletik

    The main problem I had with the article was this line:

    “That actually has been his only real topic for a while now. It’s kind of sad.”

    That is a passive aggressive line used by weak men and snarky women. It would have been better to have written something along the lines of:

    “That actually has been his only real topic for a while now. The man is pathetic.”

    Feel the difference? One is referring to the situation with a fake compassion that gives plausible deniability to the speaker. The other line manfully asserts the truth right in the face of the reader. I am saying clearly that Seymour is pathetic. I am taking responsibility for this statement. Here is why I say he is pathetic. This sort of thing generates trust and a good fight. I might be right, I might be wrong, but you know where I stand and you know where to find me if you don’t like it.

    On the other hand the former statement has a weasel-clause. Most snark has been created by bitter jealous backstabbing women who wish to undercut their rivals while maintaining plausible deniability for their actions. A classic example is that most filthy of lines “I’m sorry you feel that way.” This is the passive-aggressive line par excellence. On the one hand, the person is effectively saying that he is going to make sure you will never feel that way again, he also is saying that he has such total dominance over you that he can pull it off. That is a very hostile thing to put forward, but on the other hand, he is “sorry”! How can I get angry at him if he is “sorry”?

    Passive-Aggression, snark, etc. Has no place in your writings Mr. Greenfield.

  • malasangre

    Yea he’s a nut. As an Americal vet who cares. Everybody else rolled over for Mi Lai.Anybody can be lied too. Big whoop

  • Ross Templar

    Just image if Mitt Romney claimed to have gotten Osama and buried him at sea – and then Hersh shows it was a lie used to get votes. Liberal-progressive-democrats should be fine with Hersh bashing America.

    • Liam Farrell

      Cos that’s exactly what you would do with the alleged mastermind behind the largest spanking uncle Sam has taken on home soil; kill him. Hello? Who ever believes the official line that the greatest source of information on the supposed terror network labelled Al Qaeda, was shot dead, when he was unarmed and a physical wreck, needs their head examining.

  • Al Tru

    wow this place is Hasbara Central lol

  • M. R. Wilde

    What about the mainstream media who lie to the public on a daily basis? You’re being spoon fed by an industry manned by neutered, spineless and complicit presstitutes, but don’t take my word for it.

    “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” – Former CIA Director William Colby

    “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public believes is false.” – Former CIA Director William Casey

    “There is no such thing in America as an independent press. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth; to lie outright; to pervert; to vilify; to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. We are intellectual prostitutes.” – John Swinton, former Chief of Staff for the New York Times in an address to the New York Press club

  • dlmullan

    you need to do your homework:… and read Michael Rupertt and watch lectures by Susan Lindauer on youtube just for starters.

  • Liam Farrell

    Seymour has the face to tell it as he sees it and if he gets it wrong, the guts to admit it. See nothing wrong in that. At least he isn’t a patsy kissing corporate a$$.