Sure, it’s not as easy as dumping a bucket of ice over your head, but that’s the point. The press has been relentless in its quest to discredit Seymour Hersh. As the Columbia Journalism Review has carefully pointed out, they have not tried “to build off the details of his story, or to disprove is assertions with additional reporting.”
Real reporting is hard. Throwing sticks and stones isn’t.
Perhaps I’ve come up with a way to make that reporting easier, more fun—and in the days of old-school media budget cuts—more affordable. I’m thinking combine reporting with a Hollywood-backed reality TV show. We all know combining news and reality TV is not too far-fetched.
I'm grabbing for my popcorn now.
Try clandestinely renting a villa in the Pakistan garrison town of Abbottabad without drawing any attention. You can use fixers--I'm thinking former CIA-officer-turned-media-adviser Bob Baer is your best shot. (Except he'll laugh it off as impossible. And he was among the best in the DO.)
Now bin Laden was the world’s most wanted terrorist, so it will be tough to come up with a similarly situated individual to hide for your test. And OBL was not alone, but was hiding in with his big crazy family.
Oh, I know! The Kardashians! Try hiding the Kardashians for 6 years in Abottabad without the Pakistani Intelligence or the ISI noticing. Then we can talk about whether Seymour Hersh’s claims that the Pakistanis knew about OBL in their midst is far-fetched.
Even without the Kardashians, let’s see if a crew of even obscure foreigners could pull it off for even six weeks—or six days--let alone six years.
If the press wants to discredit a legend who has been first criticized, then vindicated time after time, they do a little investigative reporting.
Get your hands dirty.
Peter Bergen, I’m looking at you…