2013 September 28 Saturday
Seymour Hersh On Obsequious American Media

An investigative journalist who broke the My Lai massacre story and many other big story says the American media uncritically fawns over Barack Obama.

Hersh returns to US president Barack Obama. He has said before that the confidence of the US press to challenge the US government collapsed post 9/11, but he is adamant that Obama is worse than Bush.

"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]?" he asks.

What is the sound of trees not dropping in the middle of a forest? We do not notice what does not get mentioned. The article is a partial antidote if you take in a lot of American media.

I'd like to see the development of automated mechanisms to let us create our own news feeds out of raw data. If we can find things worth paying attention to that the liberal media will ignore and if a computer can find useful patterns about them then we could watch the important ignored developments.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 September 28 12:46 PM 

radical centrist blogger said at September 28, 2013 5:48 PM:

america itself is a hierarchy-bound nation, one where the large societal institutions are very pro-establishment

Nanonymous said at September 29, 2013 2:21 PM:

'fire 90% of editors and promote ones you can't control'

Why? Feature, not bug!

Abelard Lindsey said at September 30, 2013 9:00 AM:

The spy agencies such as NSA and CIA have masterfully played the mainstream media like violins for some time. This is the reason why the "normally" far left media kow-towed so big time to the Bush administration in the build up to the Iraq war. I think one of the reasons for this is, contrary to popular myth, the spy agencies are staffed mostly by liberal left types. Its been well-known in the trade itself that the spy agencies have been mostly liberal since they were first created after WW2.

Toddy Cat said at September 30, 2013 11:45 AM:

Of course, Hersh is one of the "herd of independent minds" responsible for our current situation, but better late than never, I guess.

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