Political types can be classified as either hedgehogs or foxes, with the fox knowing many things and the hedgehog knowing one big thing. Bret Stephens says John McCain is a hedgehog, and admires him for the knowing one big thing: honor. Stephen’s contrasting animal, however, is not a fox but the famed honey badger, the animal that just doesn’t give a sh*t. And according to Stephens Steve Bannon is the honey badger, and he is not a fan.
Well, here’s one thing McCain knows: whether POWs were left behind in Vietnam after the war.
There has long been a belief in some quarters that he was part of a sustained effort by the US government to cover up the fact that POWs remained behind, and to belittle and attack anyone who said otherwise.
Here is a very long piece by Sdney Schanberg supporting that view. It was run at the time McCain ran for president and was re-run recently at the Unz Review. Schanberg, who died in 2016, was no conspiracy nut. He was the New York Times reporter who did the Pulitizer winning story on the killing fields in Cambodia. Left the Times after his column there was cancelled, this following his criticism of the proposed Westway highway project.
This is what happens to great investigative reporters. They get awards until they come across something that is really troublesome and then they find themselves without a regular by-line.
Another: Seymour Hersh is the legendary Times reporter who unearthed the My Lai massacre. There’s a recent recording of him saying that authoritative sources told him that Seth Rich, the DNC staffer who was murdered, tried to pass along emails from the DNC to Wikileaks. These are the emails that Russia allegedly stole, and that form the basis for the collusion charges against Trump. The counter-theory has been that Russia didn’t steal them and the disclosure was an inside job–possibly involving Rich. You would think the press might be curious about a Hersh’s inquiries, to the extent that might shed light on the Russia collusion story. Any interest? No. Hersch no longer works at the Times.
Then there’s Julian Assange at Wikileaks his self. A darling of the left until recently. Hillary and the intelligence community now say he is in bed with the Russians and his stuff can’t be trusted. Congress is trying to designate Wikileaks as a hostile state power when it is in effect acting as an organ of the press, publishing information it gets from others, even if the material was classified. You know, like the Pentagon Papers. People I know on the left now nod their heads in approval: Assange now a very very very bad man.
On the other hand we have Brian Ross, ABC News’ “Chief Investigative Correspondent”. He’s a big success! He was on the news just last night. He started his piece by saying that no, the Russia story has not gone away. I thought maybe that meant he was going to discuss the Clinton/Obama/Mueller uranium deal that is in the news. But no, ABC passed on covering that one. Instead Ross described a rap video that was allegedly funded by a Russian troll farm. The rap artist who did it had no knowledge of the Russian funding and the video he produced had no political edge. It appeared to be the kind of video that ABC News would find unobjectionable, or even laudatory, were it not for the fact that it was allegedly funded by Russians for the purpose of sowing discord.
Ross concluded by pointing out to David Muir that we have elections coming up and incredibly we still have no “national strategy” for how to deal with this Russian threat. The Russians truly were up to no good on the uranium deal but that was Obama and Clinton. But that’s old news. So let’s find someone to blame–I wonder who?–for the fact that we have no “national strategy” for dealing with the rap video menace.
Hersch on the outs.
Assange discredited and in new legal trouble.
Brian Ross on the nightly news.
Suck ups win.