Monday, September 13, 2004

Remember kids, what you learned in Journalism School

I love Seymour Hersh, but this doesn't look good.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 11 - Senior military and national security officials in the Bush administration were repeatedly warned by subordinates in 2002 and 2003 that prisoners in military custody were being abused, according to a new book by a prominent journalist.

Seymour M. Hersh, a writer for The New Yorker who earlier this year was among the first to disclose details of the abuses of prisoners at Abu Ghraib in Iraq, makes the charges in his book "Chain of Command: The Road From 9/11 to Abu Ghraib" (HarperCollins), which is being released Monday. The book draws on the articles he wrote about the campaign against terrorism and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

. . .

Mr. Hersh's account is based on anonymous sources, some secondhand, and could not be independently verified.

The New York Times, September 12 2004


Blogger z said...

I'd say I place my trust in Hersh's judgment of his source : ) The best - especially wartime/terrorism-time/international stories often use anonymous sources, more often they don't reveal wildly sensational things but sometimes they do lead to the greatest revelations that in my opinion justify, even vindicate, their use of such sources.

check out, though, this memo from the UK Guardian's editor earlier this year esp. the bit on sources:

"I know, you know, that the most vaguely-sourced story can also be the most authoritative. Just remember that the reader doesn't."

September 13, 2004 at 2:54 AM  

Post a Comment

<< Home