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Seymour Hersh Opens Mouth; Embarrasses Self
Seymour Hersh, the investigative “reporter” of The New Yorker, appeared yesterday at McGill University in Montreal. Like John Kerry’s recent comments disparaging the military, Hersh’s remarks to a ‘safe’ audience were a little too honest. €œThere has never been an American army as violent and murderous as the one in Iraq,” The New Yorker’s reporter said to a crowd of students. If Americans knew the full extent of U.S. criminal conduct, he continued, they would receive returning Iraqi veterans as they did Vietnam veterans. The McGill student newspaper reported that “[t]hroughout his talk Hersh remained pessimistic,” but there was one note of glorious cheer:
€œThe bad news, € investigative reporter Seymour Hersh told a Montreal audience last Wednesday, €œis that there are 816 days left in the reign of King George II of America. €It is difficult to believe that The New Yorker still allows this man a single drought of ink.
The good news? €œWhen we wake up tomorrow morning, there will be one less day. €
It is also difficult to believe that men like Hersh are able to last into old age. If the man really believes in the flash-fried tripe he serves up to unsuspecting college students, he would walk around with his head hung low, popping aspirin on the half-hour to deal with his unceasing mental malaise. He’d have attempted suicide multiple times—one was bound to have been successful, yes? He’d have lumped himself in with the most radical generalissimos overseas, because they are the only ones who share his views. And he’d have died in their care, fighting for some frightful cause. He’d be sick, constantly. Unable to cure himself of anything through the medical beneficence of our modern market economy. He’d be down. Mowed-over. Sunk. Dark. Dead.
But, no! Seymour Hersh lives a comfortable Washingtonian life, faxing his spitballs of genius to The New Yorker’s tony midtown office in Manhattan once a fortnight.
He lives in style. In life, he loves everything he, in writing, purports to hate. He adores the result of all this misguided foreign policy. He invests. He has money. He’s not being shot at by Islamists. He buys gasoline. He drinks lattes. So, golly, Sermour. Things can’t be all that bad, can they?
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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