Jul 22, 2019
Seymour Hersh is one of America's greatest investigative reporters. In his more than fifty year career he exposed the My Lai massacre during the Vietnam War in which 109 unarmed Vietnamese civilians were killed. Writing for The New York Times he helped to bring more public attention to the Watergate cover-up.
Hersh has also shined a light on America's "War on Terror" and its related program(s) of extraordinary rendition and other violations of human rights. He was also one of the first public voices to warn that George W. Bush and Dick Cheney's second Iraq War was based on false pretenses and outright lies.
Hersh has written for The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Associated Press and other publications. In addition to many other prestigious awards, Hersh earned the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for International Reporting. He is also the author of many books including "The Dark Side of Camelot", "The Price of Power", and "Chain of Command". Hersh's most recent book is "Reporter: A Memoir".
In this wide-ranging conversation, Seymour Hersh reflects on the current health of the American news media, why they are so easily distracted by Donald Trump's use of social media, and why so many reporters and journalists are afraid of telling the truth and instead are willing slaves to weak standards of "balance" instead of stating plain facts and clear truths.
Hersh also shares his thoughts on Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia, how Joe Biden will lose the Democratic presidential nomination, why Trump may likely win in 2020, and the ways that the Democratic National Committee sabotaged Bernie Sanders in 2016 and why this may be the party's undoing in the 2020 presidential race.