Hersh and the Spineless Nay-sayers
By Jonathan Cook
08, 2014 "ICH"
A nice post
from Interventions Watch,
assessing the backwards and forwards on Seymour
Hersh’s latest investigation suggesting that Turkey
was behind the sarin gas attack on Ghouta last
I would go
a little further. What I find irritating is seeing
so many people who should know better invest their
energies in abusing Hersh and his research. He is a
lone journalist, even if one of the best, and one
who has not been able to find a bigger publication
than the LRB willing to publish his last two essays.
sources are anonymous. So what does that tell us?
Chiefly, that the Obama administration’s war on
whistleblowers has been supremely effective.
attacking Hersh have got their priorities way out of
kilter. The enemy here is twofold:
1. A White
House that is trying to close down all public
channels of information that might be used to hold
it to account.
corporate media that is acting largely in concert
with the White House’s anti-transparency campaign.
journalist like Brian Whitaker or Peter Bouckaert of
Human Rights Watch ought be exercising their Twitter
fingers to berate those who want to keep us in the
dark about what our leaders are really up to.
Instead of badmouthing Hersh, they should be
demanding that our so-called liberal media – the
NYT, WaPo and the Guardian – start investigating
these claims to see whether they hold water. The
reality is that these media outlets are studiously
ignoring Hersh’s work.
Whitaker and Bouckaert both have a vested interest
in ensuring such investigations do not take place,
given that they have already endorsed the official
narrative. Were Hersh to be proven right, they would
look like the supreme dupes of official propaganda.
There is a
reason why Herman and Chomsky called their book on
the propaganda model and the western media
“Manufacturing Consent”. I’d rather have a Hersh
sticking his neck out to try to disrupt the process
of manufacturing our consent than a dozen spineless
Whitakers and Bouckaerts doing their level-best to
shore the process up.
Cook is an award-winning British journalist based in
Nazareth, Israel, since 2001. http://www.jonathan-cook.net