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April 14, 2005

New York Magazine Calls Sy Hersh A Liar

Hersh050411_175Former NYT Magazine editor Adam Moss must really be feeling the pressure to boost circulation at his new digs, New York Magazine

Why else would he recycle criticism of Bush Administration nemesis, Seymour Hirsch?  The gist of this NYM story is that — when he’s on the lecture circuit and not being held to account by an editor — Hersh plays fast and loose with the facts.  Even if Hersh tends to embellish when he’s speaking publicly, this charge has been hashed and rehashed ever since the publication of Hersh’s expose of the Kennedy family.  For the BAG’s purposes, what’s interesting (and, it may be the only thing interesting about this story –besides Moss’ overreaching) is the photo that accompanies the piece.   

At least NYM’s photo editor is pulling his weight.  I’d say this is an excellent visual complement to a character assassination.  Matched with the copy, doesn’t this come off like someone too compelled by the shadows ?  A man overexposed when subjected to light?  A person who may look beyond the window of the obvious, but can end up lost in his own mind?

(You can read the article here.)

(image: Graham Jepson at

  • Johanna

    Actually Bag I do see a troubled man – troubled by what he sees going on around him. I like the shadowing – he seems to be in the dark – the shadows, looking out the window – seemingly looking towards the light.
    I feel the work he does takes him literally, into shadowy places, so the play on the light and shadows is really excellent.
    Yes, the more I look at the picture the more I like it. To me it’s not negative at all, its symbolic of a man who seeks truth in the shadows and it portrays the affect that it has had on him (the looking troubled), and yet he continues to look towards the light.
    Peace. Johanna

  • Shaula Evans

    The downcast eyes and the lack of eye contact with the viewer spell defeat/submission.

  • aethorian

    With all of the resources and contacts that Seymour Hersch has cultivated during 45 years as a journalist, he has more windows on the world than most people. It doesn’t seem unusual or duplicitous to remember less when speaking than when writing. With the latter, obviously you have more time at leisure to check and compose factual material.
    Considering that Adam Moss graduated college by the time Hersch had 20 years of reporting experience under his belt, I’d say Moss has a little catching up to do.

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