WASHINGTON (Sputnik), Thomas Zimmer — On Sunday, Hersh reported that Obama and the US government lied to Americans and to the world about the details surrounding the raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani compound and his subsequent death in 2011.
“No [US] General is going to give up that information readily, due to the consequences of their involvement,” University of Miami Communication Professor Dr. Thomas Steinfatt said on Monday.
“Hersh must realize that he has compromised the position of the generals who gave us that information,” Steinfatt concluded. “Freedom of the press is important, but judgment about when to use it is equally important.”
- Yes, I think it's an unforgivable lie that undermines Obama's credibility35.8% (379)
- What matters is that the most dangerous terrorist was destroyed9.2% (98)
- No, I have no trust in Obama anyway55.0% (583)
Berkovitz explained that Hersh has forty years of experience in investigative journalism and most of his stories haven’t been wrong versus Obama who is looking to protect his story of “overseeing the killing of bin Laden.”
“That was a showcase piece in the re-election of the president showing he’s tough on terrorism and hunted down the worst terrorist in the world,” Berkovitz said.
Berkovitz said that while the Pakistanis could have been part of the bin Laden raid, he doesn’t think the United States would trust them with high level information.
"I would not be quick to doubt Hersh, but, listen, he can get played just like others,” Berkovitz concluded. “My inclination would lean towards Hersh more than Obama and the military intelligence service.”
On Monday, the White House said that Hersh’s piece was inaccurate and baseless.
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