Seymour Hersh’s ‘Reporter’ is an absolute delight

“Reporter” is less an autobiography that an account of how Hersh got his big stories. And how he got his big stories boils down to dogged determination to get to the truth.

By MATT NESVISKY
August 22, 2018 12:52
Seymour Hersh’s ‘Reporter’ is an absolute delight

Erez Kaplan Haelion, CTO of Cyber 2.0US President George W. Bush applauds A.M. Rosenthal (right), executive editor of The New York Times, after he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on July 9, 2002. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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FOR NEARLY a half-century Seymour Hersh arguably has been America’s premier investigative journalist. He has also been consistently controversial, with critics sniping at his methods, his sources, his political and social biases, his involvement with government, military and intelligence personnel and much more.

Hersh is, of course, the reporter who won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking the story about the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War and against all odds tracking down its key figure, Lieut. William Calley. He uncovered countless scandals involving illegal actions by the White House (the secret bombing of Cambodia and Laos, unauthorized monitoring of American citizens’ phone and email accounts, assassination plots), rogue activities by the CIA and by huge corporations, on and on. His sleuthing also brought to light startling facts about Watergate and the Abu Ghraib prison outrage in Iraq.

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