Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Seymour Hersch on Bush, Iraq and Journalism

There's an interesting inteview with Seymour Hersh in the latest edition of Adbusters.org.

On the impact of the Bush administration on America:

To me it shows just how fragile the whole society is. These guys come in and we’ve had a collapse of the military, collapse of Congress, collapse of the press, collapse of the federal government. It’s pretty shocking how easily it slips.

On the latest White House policy on the Middle East:

That seems to be this administration’s goal, to mobilize the moderate Sunnis such as they are in Egypt, Lebanon and Saudi Arabia, to join with the United States, Great Britain and Israel, against the Shia. Pretty amazing stuff.

On the state of contemporary, American journalism:

...it’s a little shocking to me that the mainstream press has so completely missed the story of this war in Iraq and this presidency. I think when we look back on this era we’re going to be very critical of the press. They really missed one of the great moral issues of our time, just as they missed Vietnam for many years. So it’s really pretty sad.


Anonymous said...

Don't you wish we had a Seymour Hersh in Canada instead of our lazy and pathetic journalists/MSM here.

The Mound of Sound said...

We don't have a lot but there are a few. Bob McKeown of CBC's Fifth Estate is probably the best.