The legendary Seymour Hersh gave a blistering verdict on the state of American journalism in a new interview with the Guardian published on Friday.
Hersh, who uncovered two of the biggest wartime scandals in modern US history--the My Lai massacre and the torture at Abu Ghraib--has been somewhat out of sight recently. (He is working on a book about Dick Cheney.) But he was his usual no-holds-barred self in his interview, calling the reporting on the Obama administration "pathetic," saying that the story of the Osama bin Laden raid is "one big lie," and suggesting that every television network shut down its news division:
"I'll tell you the solution, get rid of 90% of the editors that now exist and start promoting editors that you can't control," he says. "I saw it in the New York Times, I see people who get promoted are the ones on the desk who are more amenable to the publisher and what the senior editors want and the trouble makers don't get promoted. Start promoting better people who look you in the eye and say 'I don't care what you say'."
Read the full interview here.
Note: Hersh's son, Joshua, is Middle East correspondent for HuffPost.