Seymour Hersh: Obama Administration Narrative Of Bin Laden Death ‘One Big Lie’


Pulitzer journalist Seymour Hersh, who first earned recognition for breaking the My Lai massacre scandal, doesn’t buy the Obama Administration’s narrative of how Osama bin Laden was taken down. In fact, he thinks American media is mostly garbage and coddles President Barack Obama instead of hitting the streets to suss out the truth behind sanctioned press releases.

Hersh told The Guardian American media – and The New York Times, in particular – spends most of its energies “carrying water for Obama than I ever thought they would.”

From the interview:

Do you think Obama’s been judged by any rational standards? Has Guantanamo closed? Is a war over? Is anyone paying any attention to Iraq? Is he seriously talking about going into Syria? We are not doing so well in the 80 wars we are in right now, what the hell does he want to go into another one for. What’s going on [with journalists]?

…Why do newspapers constantly cite the two or three groups that monitor drone killings. Why don’t we do our own work?

Our job is to find out ourselves, our job is not just to say – here’s a debate’ our job is to go beyond the debate and find out who’s right and who’s wrong about issues. That doesn’t happen enough. It costs money, it costs time, it jeopardises, it raises risks.

As for the bin Laden narrative?

“Nothing’s been done about that story, it’s one big lie, not one word of it is true,” he said. “The Pakistanis put out a report, don’t get me going on it. Let’s put it this way, it was done with considerable American input. It’s a bullsh*t report.”

Hersh said his solution to the lapdog media problem would involve firing 90 percent of America’s newspaper editors and replacing them with “editors that you can’t control;” people “who look you in the eye and say, ‘I don’t care what you say.’”

Then he’d shut down the major television news networks and “start all over, tabula rasa.”

Who wants to go first?

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  • Alan

    Everything that comes out of the main stream media is fabricated. It’s all designed to control the masses, to bind our thinking to that of the power elites. News programs never find their way onto my TV screen.

    • Evan Eberhardt

      The Internet in the only source of ‘news’ anymore were one can find some truth. All the major networks are government and corporate controlled.

      • Alan

        You have that right Evan! That’s precisely why this administration keeps trying to sneak some method of controlling the internet into nearly every bill they pass. If they can monopolize the source of our information we will be left with nothing but “Newspeak” to base our thinking on.

    • Dave

      We don’t even watch the idiot box anymore. cancelled the cable. spend more time reading and thinking.

      • Alan

        Good for you Dave. I don’t watch much, a bit of the History Channel here and there mostly, just to see how they are trying to distort the past.

        • Frozen Foot

          Remember when the History Channel actually showed history???

          • Alan

            Yes I do Frozen Foot. But like MTV they seem to have strayed far from their original path, navigating instead toward a course of revisionist history. Sad what’s become of our country and it’s culture, isn’t it?

    • Toy Pupanbai

      JFK was how long ago? 9/11 was how long ago?
      They just sat on them until we lost interest.
      Bin Laden said he had nothing to do with 9/11 and I would rather believe him than the government!
      Will the FBI ever release the Pentagon CCTV footage?

      • Alan

        I’m with you there Toy Pupanbai. What I find particularly unsettling is the way so many cling to every word that’s uttered on the “news” without question. It’s if they are under some sort of mystical spell or something.

  • Lawrence Dean

    Time to wake up, folks.
    Where is the voice of Christians in the western world? Where is the outrage? Where is our “Christian” president on all these atrocities? Hello??? I can’t hear you!
    The president has been supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia and now Syria, while mum about the Christian targets of Islamic terror.
    Our president and members of our inept government on both sides of the aisle, have been supporting the despicable Muslim Brotherhood in the various conflicts, providing arms and money, citing atrocities by Assad and Mubarak and Ghadaffi, while ignoring the evil inhumanity being perpetrated by the Muslim Brotherhood all over the middle-east.
    Bear in mind, the Muslim Brotherhood is the umbrella organization for thirty-one “accepted” power organizations that have infiltrated the U.S., including the ISNA, MSA, MOA, CAIR and 27 other splinter groups, all of whom have a powerful influence in our current White House, State Department, Justice Department, Homeland Security, Military, and elsewhere. The Muslim Brotherhood was the training ground for Osama Bin Laden, which spawned al Qaeda, HAMAS and other terror groups.
    And all we little people blather about is republicans versus democrats, while the ship sinks. Our country’s leadership bans the mention of Islam as a source of terror, in FBI and military training, under orders by our president.

  • Julyette J

    I would love to fire 90% of the MSM and the newspaper editors. When our country is gone the main reason will be the media and the lies and cover-ups! Even FOX doesn’t completely report the truth – more than the alphabet news channels, but not enough true exposure. When Oblamer shuts down the Internet we will have to be like Russia and have a “radio free” America.
    I quit reading anything in the newspaper except the funnies and puzzles 15 years ago. Disgusting in their obvious bias!

  • CWA

    My question: where would he get the replacements? All of them come from the same liberal cesspool called “journalism schools.”

  • FreedomTrainUSA

    There is one thing that the Dictator in the White House is good at….HE HAS PERFECTED THE ART OF LYING….

    • Vis Fac

      That’s how he got in office in the first place. You can fool most of the people all of the time certainly rings true as to his reelection (stealing of the election that is)!!!

      Libertas inaestimabilis res est

  • wandamurline

    Well as a person who totally does not trust our current government at all, here is my take on bin Laden…Laden died of kidney failure about 4-5 years ago and that is why the videos stopped and the audios began…. before the Seal Team killed him. Of course, we have no “investigative reporters” in America anymore, but there are still a few in the BBC. On the scene right after the story line, a female BBC reporter was talking to an Afghan man who said America had made a mistake, that the man who was killed was NOT bin Laden….that he looked like him but that he used to be his neighbor and called his name. This would make sense that Al Quada would use a look-alike to keep their ranks in file. This is the reason that the pictures were not released….this is the reason they chunked him into the ocean….and my friends, the only other people besides the corrupt liars in the White House, Secretary of State, Panetta and a few others who knew the truth were the Navy Seals. Soooo, within a few months, a bunch of these Navy Seals were shot down in their helicopter by One, 1, Uno loan gunman. Do you really believe this crap? And, of course, the propogandaists lamestream medias sold the story to every American …. but, also remember that we left a silent running helicopter in Afghanistan that supposedly “crashed” during this raid. Wonder who has it now.

    • Pinchy & Punchy

      I’m not saying I would be shocked at this scenario, but there is a Dr. Afridi sitting in a Pakistani prison who supposedly had gotten his DNA,to verify it has him… he might know the truth

      • wandamurline

        I wonder if the American people will ever know the truth….we certainly haven’t gotten it on the IRS, Fast & Furious, NSA or Benghazi.

        • Pinchy & Punchy

          These SOBs are too slick ,Issa in Congress has tried, but they are teflon-coated like Bill Clinton…But God sees all & their day is coming!

    • smilee

      Opinions without any supporting facts is nothing but opinion and that is all you have, there is no valid reason to believe any thing you say

      • wandamurline

        I said that this was my view….You connect your own dots for yourself…that is the only way to see the truth….you have to investigate for yourself. This is what I believe whether you believe it or not is entirely up to you.

        • Vis Fac

          Asking a liberal to do their own investigating is tantamount to having an arsonist extinguish a house fire neither will occur.

          Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          • FreedomTrainUSA

            Liberals only operate with EMOTIONS….Critical Thinking Skills are not part of their Brain Programing…Most of them are BRAIN DEAD ROBOTS…Who have been Programed to Repeat the Standard Liberal Marxist Socialist line of BULLS**T….

          • Vis Fac

            The programing occurs in the liberal one dimensional indoctrination camps that masquerade as public schools. These camps produce the functionally illiterate dependent on government and lame stream media. Government uses these automatons as fodder to promote their liberal agenda all without those who have been programmed knowledge.

            Libertas inaestimabilis res est

          • JCSmith

            I have to agree!I am glad to agree, lol That is why they resort to name calling. Must make ’em feel good. Remember when we were little kids and all the names we came up with. Oh those were the days!

          • FreedomTrainUSA

            I just saw Ted Cruz on Fox with Sean Hannity….The name calling he has a hard time dealing with…considering that he wants to discuss the Issues…and not have Petty Bickering…

      • PUS POT

        Whether that was really bin Laden or not, according to Your Dear Leader Al-Qaeda is on the run & close to defeat! Yeah, right ,another bold faced lie & distortion!!

  • Rocketman

    In, I think it was 1970, I had the chance to speak for about 7 minutes or so to a real journalist (European) one on one. He told me that the U.S. journalists are laughed at behind their backs by the journalists in Europe and that they are overpaid, lazy, didn’t get their facts straight and biased. None of the people back then that we called “journalist” including ones that the American people highly thought back then would have cut it in a European newsroom. My guess is that the quality of journalism has declined in Europe but it sure hasn’t gotten any better here in the U.S.

  • LadyFloridaCracker

    HERE’S NEWS!!! Get the books and read them: THE BROTHERHOOD by Erick Stackelbeck about how the brohood is the grand daddy of all the “groups” and what they’re up to here; THE HARBINGER by Jonahan Cahn which shows how the US is suffering the same fate as ancient Israel and how “things” are happening to us on the exact same days/dates/times as ancient Israel; The PSALM 83 (War) by Bill Salas: it is the next logical war to take place and all the components are lining up in the daily headlines. Also be sure to read THE FOUR BLOOD MOONS by John Hagee which reveals a prophecy that is set to start happening in April of 2014 as CONFIRMED BY NASA!!!!! All these books are interrealated

    • LadyFloridaCracker

      oops interrelated.

    • FMR

      LadyFloridaCracker, please read “The Creature from Jekyll Island. . .a second look at the federal reserve (5th edition)” It is a non fiction history and guide to the inner workings of the Federal Reserve. And though it never mentions prophecy, you will see how this very well could be the instrument the anti-christ will use to come to world domination. It is written in plain english and surprisingly enough, is not at all boring. This insidious institution is tied hand and hand to the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, nearly (if not all) the governments of the world (friend and foe alike), and backed financially by the taxpayers of the United States (without them ever being given a choice in the matter). Incidentally, I found “The Harbinger” to be a chilling and enlightening read, and am going to read the other 3 books you mentioned. We need more people to become involved and motivated to learn, understand and believe what time we are living in, in hopes that there could still be a revival like the one in Nineveh, that lead God to hold back his wrath.

      • JCSmith

        Chilling maybe, but enlightening? To TRUTH? God’s truth?

    • MargaretJacobson

      I plan to get copies of these books soon .

      • JCSmith

        Why waste your time? Scripture is far more accurate and ten times more interesting. It is TRUTH, not guess work.

    • JCSmith

      Prophets of Doom! There have always been such prophets as the Bible clearly states. And there has always been “daters” who tell us when our end is coming. We are warned by Scripture NOT to prophesy for only God knows the future, they DON’T! We are told to believe God not them. Wake up folks!

  • Oliver_K_Manuel

    We now live under the government. George Orwell described in “1984” !.

    • JCSmith

      No, NO,NO Don’t go there. Don’t speak defeat!

      • Oliver_K_Manuel

        Do not fear: Invisible force fields from the Sun’s pulsar core keep every atom, life and world in the solar system connected to its Creator !

        Oliver K. Manuel

  • Dave

    Three cheers for Mr. Hersh! I hope more people come to realize that the MSM is nothing more than the entertainment channel today! Most Journalists in America today are now being painted with the same broad brush…as shills of the administration and “progressive” agenda.
    I miss the journalists of my youth!

  • Sarah Conner

    This is embarrassing,but I actually work part time for a news paper…these people are re-peaters,not reporters…now they manufacture news,photo shop ,script lines, anything but find out the truth…growing up during the Vietnam War,watching the footage on tv,there was false shots taken then…when binladen was ‘taken out’ I was skeptical…then when Seal Team 6 was ‘ambushed’ a mere 3 months later I knew it was all a lie…had to dump my basic cable,so I don’t know what lies the left is spewing right now…but I trust my gut instinct and I know it’s all lies…these people have sold their souls for 15 minutes of fame…

  • alboy5

    Nobamacare a scam to make the middleclass poor and rob the poor to be divyed up Obamabuddies and enforced by IRS gangsters.

  • rodulfo-tardo

    “Total Government” is dependent on a submissive press, who fear the retribution of any of the countless “unwritten, understood” limitations dictated by the ‘omnipotence’ of the party’s “divine rights’, assumed to be an strictly self censoring mechanism, the enforcement of which, is a “Sha’riah like Political Correctness”, the totalitarian control of news without the luxury of any dissenting opinion, this is, ‘tactically a sound policy, for it has been presented as the ‘Soziolekt’, Group Speech guidelines that the National Socialist Democratic Party used to edit the fact, and present the fiction, to insure the public’s opinion always would sway to the side of the coming of age, Nazi Party.
    There essentially exists no difference between the tactics and strategies of that very recent “historically” speaking, the experimental redefinition of “social moral responsibility”, were they to challenge the official version, the redundancy of the marginal role, of “state run” media outlets, conditioned to respond to any news with a measured dosage of the approved ‘official’ version, although this may be no more than the sanitized fact, since accurate reporting, may clash with those policies, a case and point, Obama’s “triumphal coup” in regarding Syria’s Al’Assad and his alleged use of chemical weapons, the “phenomenal victory”, when compared, to what “he” was so adamantly so opposed to, is what was presented as a victorious achievement, once the Iran saber rattling, took off any attention from the “Syrian crisis”, it was Putin’s original proposal, marketed by the media, to be Obama’s finest moment, and for that matter, an accord so monumental, that the history books will record it, and Academia, will teach as unparalleled, in the history of mankind, the dumb down, of the American Media, such as it is, began with the political correctness, in reporting crimes when that “color” thingie, was an issue, and the award for “sociopathic racial blackmail” goes to the great impostors in the world of “racial regression” Al [i’m outraged] Sharpton, and Jesse [got his blood on my sweater] Jackson, they changed news reporting, into a game of plausible deniability, and outright lying that extended to the “social totalitarianism of moral diversity” when race becomes an issue, in criminal matters, [Tawana Brawley, Trayvon Martin, O.J.Smpsom] to name a limited few, but who can forget Rodney King, who had he followed the police’s orders to stand down, that violence that was then presented as “racist police over reaction” and showed in a loop, could have been averted by reporting the truth, of what the “video” showed, this tactic was used by the press, to indict the President of the United States, and this country’s Military, while fighting two wars, that were started not by us, but the very enemies, this “resident” in the White House is arming, yet they present al’Qa’ida, as the rightful heirs to those countries subverted by the Arab Spring Jihad, were countless Orthodox and Coptic Christians, are being massacred by Fatwa, according to Sha’riah, for the Supremacist Islaminaziism, the religiosity of what Islam has become since the Secular Islam, was begun to be eradicated with the beginning of Turkey’ first jihad, the “Total Jihad” against Armenia, and its Secular society, that interestingly enough, crossed the desert to Syria, during the 1914-24 period when a Genocide that caused over 1.7 million dead, was erased from the memory, and those redefined History books, full of politically correct fairy tales, and subliminal attacks on this Representative Republic, and any Judeo Christian values, Emir al’Obama, said this in 2009’s speech in Ankara Turkey, it was quite interesting to see this “media” ignore his statement, “the United States was no longer a Judeo Christian country, did that mean by making this declaration, that due to the Dodd-Franks Banking Reform Bill, Sha’riah compliant Finance, made country an Islamic Republic? and more importantly, was it not Ankara, where the Khilafa, issued his Fatwa for a Total Jihad in 1914?, or didn’t they find it strange, this new Emir-resident, would go to Egypt that same year to accept his victory in that election of 2008, in Cairo, the “traditional headquarters of al’Ikhwan al’Islamoon, the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in Alexandria, but later moved to Cairo, for the access it provided to the Maghreb [family], cross cultural and linguistic cooperation of territory traditionally used for drug smuggling, was that speech to accept his new assignment, or to activate the Arab Spring to destabilize a region, considered Sacred Space by the Ikhwan since before 1928, essentially since 1924’s fall of the Ottoman Empire, which by the way is experiencing a rebirth, as we speak, and among the 4 out of 57 Islamic Republics that support any action on Syria, it is not all Muslims who favor the extermination of Kuffar [infidel] religions, but it sure looks like resident Obama does, yet why no mention of Genocide from the “pressed” media, when a case of self defense, can overshadow, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi, during a Presidential Campaign, is there any logic here? do they realize, without the Constitution of the United States, their industry is redundant? or is this even part of the equation? just make sure, it is politically correct, and social media, and group speak approve, otherwise there’s a good chance, you will be Cyber Sha’riad. sure hope I can say that.