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Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh slams New York Times' pro-government stance and treatment of sources

In an interview, Hersh, a renowned investigative journalist and bestselling author, criticizes the paper's role in tracking down Pentagon leaker and its failure to report on explosive story blaming Biden administration for Nord Stream pipeline explosions.
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh slams New York Times' pro-government stance and treatment of sources.

In an interview, Hersh, a renowned investigative journalist and bestselling author, criticizes the paper's role in tracking down Pentagon leaker and its failure to report on explosive story blaming Biden administration for Nord Stream pipeline explosions.

Seymour Hersh, a veteran investigative journalist, criticized the New York Times for its pro-government stance and its handling of sources.

In an interview with Afshin Rattansi on ‘Going Underground,’ Hersh expressed his disapproval of the paper's assistance in tracking down suspected Pentagon leaker Jack Teixeira.

Teixeira was apprehended by the FBI after the NYT and the Washington Post, in conjunction with Western-funded “open source investigations” outfit Bellingcat, identified the source of the leaked documents and publicly exposed his identity.

The NYT also located Teixeira’s home in Massachusetts and spoke with his mother.

Hersh, who had previously worked at the NYT and won numerous prizes during his tenure, criticized the paper for its current practices, claiming that it was completely pro-Biden and did not criticize the US president.

He also argued that major outlets did not report on his recent article blaming the Biden administration for the Nord Stream pipeline explosions in the Baltic Sea last September, only publishing counter stories given by the intelligence community.

Hersh went on to suggest that the media was terrified of Donald Trump when he became US president in 2017, and that they are again terrified that the country might end up with a Biden-Trump ticket in 2024.

When asked about the NYT's role in the Teixeira case, Hersh stated, you can't be shocked that the Times would be - as a good citizen - turning to the FBI… of course, I am [shocked], but you can't be.

However, Hersh also noted that during his time at the paper, it was much better at protecting its sources.

He recalled one of the most important stories he wrote in 1974 about the CIA spying on American citizens, which had nobody named in it.

The New York Times has changed significantly since then, he said.
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