The Pentagon is, as you would expect, painting Hersh as a misinformed moonbat of biblical proportions. Never mind that he was the reason that the Abu Ghraib scandal finally saw the light of day, or that there's a little trophy on Hersh's desk that's inscribed "Pulitzer". The PTB are pulling out all of the stops on this one.
Now, I normally like BBC's coverage of world events much better than the sycophantic American press that's been totally assimilated into the U.S. government borgness. But even the BBC spends the first 12 paragraphs of a 14 paragraph story running out the Pentagon's McClellan spokesclone, Larry DiRita, who called Hersh everything but an untrustworthy child molester.
The last two paragraphs conclude with:
...The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says that while Hersh could be wrong, he has a series of scoops to his name, including the details of the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal last year.
His track record suggests that he should be taken seriously, our correspondent says.
I expect more from the Beeb. But then, they've been taking a beating from the British government in the past 12 months, and their management has been shaken up, so perhaps the BBC is starting to also be assimilated...sigh...
It's all so damn depressing. I mean, how many times can we imply equivalence to Joe Goebbels' manipulation of the media in pre-WWII Germany? New examples of gaming the media abound every single day, and it seems that no one has the power to stop it. That makes it all the more important that the few credible, independent media voices remaining receive as much support as possible.
May I be so bold as to suggest that it might be nice to drop Mr. Hersh an email of support? While I can't find a direct email for Sy, try firstname.lastname@example.org and address it to him in the subject line.