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Looking out for us, as always

March 24, 2009 - Jim Anderson
Bill O’Reilly, in a somewhat inane column in Monday’s Daily News (“Blame it on Bush”), tries to laugh off allegations that Dick Cheney was running an assassination squad out of the White House.

The allegations came recently from investigative reporter Seymour Hersh.

“If Cheney really had such a crew, Hersh would have been dead a long time ago, and so would most everybody at MSNBC,” O’Reilly wrote.

O’Reilly, in his piece, chose to describe Hersh only as “a left wing reporter.”

Here are the first paragraphs of the Wikipedia biography for 71-year-old Seymour Hersh:

“... an American Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author based in Washington, D.C. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker magazine on military and security matters.

“His work first gained worldwide recognition in 1969 for exposing the My Lai Massacre and its cover-up during the Vietnam War, for which he received the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting. His 2004 reports on the U.S. military's mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison gained much attention.

“Hersh received the 2004 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting given annually by Long Island University to honor contributions to journalistic integrity and investigative reporting. This was his fifth George Polk Award, the first one being a Special Award given to him in 1969.”

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich has asked New York Congressman Edolphus Towns, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to begin an investigation into Hersh’s allegations about Cheney.

We’ll see where that goes. I would hope that the allegations are unfounded. It's probably unlikely that the former vice president would agree to testify.

Meanwhile, Mr. O’Reilly, thanks again for looking out for us. The skills and integrity that earned Seymour Hersh the Pulitzer Prize in 1970 for his My Lai expose have long since vanished, obviously. I know that, because, as you say, he’s a “left wing reporter.”


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