Seymour Hersh Criticizes the Media and FBI on Trump

In a long interview Seymour Hersh says that the FBI’s work against Trump is “the missed story of all time.

The Columbia Journal Review’s “The Monday interview” is posted online: “Seymour Hersh on spies, state secrets, and the stories he doesn’t tell.” The interview lets Hersh say some interesting things about the New York Times and the FBI in relation to Trump.

The first thing he says is something I hope is not true.

The secret to Trump, I think, is he wants to be loved by The New York Times as much as by Fox News. He talks to them a lot, more than they tell you. He waits outside—apparently there’s a corridor from the press room to the bathroom, and he’s hanging around that corridor. He likes to yap.

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But then Hersh is asked if Trump gets anything from the Times as a result of this communication.

Do you think the Timess desire to keep Trump talking makes them pull their punches?

No, I don’t think they’re pulling punches. I think they’re overpunching. I mean, what are they going to do if they don’t indict him? What are they going to do?

So the Times’ is all anti-Trump no matter how the President tries to win them over. It’s satisfying to read Hersh admit this.

He’s asked another question about the New York Times:

You describe Mary McGrory as “a fearless and moral voice.” Who do you see as such a person today?

You’re talking to somebody who grew up with a New York Times that had Tony Lewis, Tom Wicker, and Russell Baker writing columns. Now, there’s some good stuff. But there’s too many screeds about Trump from the columnists. Tom Friedman still runs around the world, but I don’t see enough reporting being done by the columnists. Yes, we talk about immigration and shrieking about the president, but there’s nobody writing about what to do and how to solve it.

Finally, Hersh releases this nugget about the New York Times and the FBI:

I always thought my business as a reporter was to take a dispute and resolve it. I mentioned in the introduction about treating things as the tip. The first story the Times wrote on [Hillary Clinton’s] email—that was off-the-top, flimsy, one or two days after they had it. They had no idea what a good story it was.

In the book I’m writing, I can segue into this stuff; I’m writing a lot about what was going on in the FBI. There was a lot going on that was counter-Trump, I will tell you that. I’m telling you, it’s the missed story of all time.

Hersh is no Trump fan. But he has insisted for months that the claim that Russia worked with Wikileaks was a lie designed to hurt Trump. (Language warning).

Read the entire interview.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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