Guest Media Alert by John Pilger: ‘Hold the front page. The reporters are missing’

20 September 2018 — Media Lens

Note From The Editors

This is a slightly amended version of the foreword to the new Media Lens book, ‘Propaganda Blitz – How The Corporate Media Distort Reality’, published today by Pluto Press. Warm thanks to John Pilger for contributing this superb piece to our book.

The death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was “a trailblazer for independent journalism”, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common.

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Hersh: Syria Sarin Story 'Was Bought by the Mainstream Press' By Peter Hart

10 December 2013 — FAIR Blog

Seymour Hersh (cc photo: Generation Progress)

A new piece by veteran investigative reporter Seymour Hersh argues that the Obama administration’s case against Syria over a sarin gas attack last August relied on cherry-picked intelligence.

Hersh’s piece was not published in the New Yorker, where so much of his work appears. And it apparently was not of interest to the Washington Post either (Huffington Post, 12/8/13). Instead, Hersh’s article appears in the London Review of Books (12/8/13). 

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Seymour Hersh: US Security State Deceived Us on Syria Chemical Weapons By Jonathan Cook

9 December 2013 —

Seymour Hersh publishes his latest, illuminating essay on the machinations of the US security state, this time in regard to Syria. Hersh makes a very convincing case that the US had no credible intelligence that August’s chemical weapons attack in Ghouta using sarin was carried out by Assad’s troops but that it did know that jihadi groups there, especially the al-Nusra Front, almost certainly had sarin and could use it.

URGENT: False Flag Involving Israel to Implicate Syria in the Works Says RT By Tony Cartalucci

10 September 2013 — Land Destroyer

After a stunning geopolitical move by Russia and Syria involving the surrendering of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal, the special interests seeking war have been forced to adjust their rhetoric and timetable around what is now a quickly dissolving casus belli. 

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Breaking: Western-backed Terrorists in Syria Slaughter Christians in Bombing By Tony Cartalucci

30 November 2012 — Global Research


Al Qaeda terrorists, backed, armed, funded, and diplomatically recognized by the West, have detonated 2 car bombs in Christian-Druze quarters in Damascus, killing dozens.

Twin car bombs carried out by the Western-backed so-called “rebels” have killed dozens of civilians in a Christian-Druze neighborhood in Damascus, highlighting the sectarian extremism, not “democratic” aspirations, as well as the level of depravity, driving opponents of the Syrian government. Immediately after the explosions, and as casualty figures began trickling in, Associated Press (AP) attempted to spin and downplay the act of terrorism, claiming in its report, “Twin car bombs kill 20 in Syria, hospitals say,” that:

“Syrian hospital officials say twin car bombs have killed at least 20 people in a Damascus suburb that is mostly loyal to President Bashar Assad.”

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Lebanon Bombing: Impetus for US-NATO Planned Sectarian War By Tony Cartalucci

21 October, 2012 — Global Research

It was, starting at least in 2007, the goal of the US, Saudis, and Israelis to trigger a region wide sectarian war with which to overrun the governments of Lebanon, Syria, and Iran. This was documented in detail in Seymour Hersh’s 2007 New Yorker article, “The Redirection” which was covered in depth in, “Syrian War: The Prequel.

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Seymour Hersh: Propaganda Used Ahead of Iraq War Is Now Being Reused Over Iran’s Nuke Program

23 November 2011 — Democracy Now!

Seymour Hersh interviewed by Amy Goodman

While the United States, Britain and Canada are planning to announce a coordinated set of sanctions against Iran’s oil and petrochemical industry today, longtime investigative journalist Seymour Hersh questions the growing consensus on Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.

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Pax Americana

8 February, 2011 — Al Jazeera

Empire looks at the dramatic changes taking place in the Arab world and their strategic implications.

With all its allies crumbling one after another, what will the US do to maintain its influence in the region? And what can be expected of Israel, the country’s closest ally in the region?

Will the spread of democracy lead to a peaceful end to decades of autocratic rule in the Middle East or will the fear of Islamist extremism galvinise Washington’s resolve to reinforce Pax Americana?

Our guests today are: Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University; Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer-winning author; and Thomas Pickering, the former US under secretary of state.

Our interviewees are: Clovis Maksoud, the director of the Center for the Global South; and Rob Malley, the Middle East director of International Crisis Group.

This special episode of Empire aired from Monday, February 7, 2011.