Sy Hersh: NYT Has 'Decided That Ukraine War is Going to be Won by Ukraine, and That's What Its Readers Get'

Seymour Hersh, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter who spent many years as an investigative journalist for the New York Times, said he would not even consider offering his latest story on the bombing of the Nord Stream pipeline to The Times because the newspaper has “decided the Ukraine war is going to be won by Ukraine, and that’s what its readers get.”

In other words, the New York Times apparently is not interested in straightforward reporting about the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The Times seems to have already made up its mind on the outcome.

Hersh, a long-time liberal and often scourge of Republicans, made his remarks on Democracy Now! a liberal/left news show hosted by Amy Goodman.

On the Feb. 15 broadcast, Hersh was interviewed about his latest investigative piece, “How America Took Out the Nord Stream Pipeline,” in which he claims that U.S. Navy personnel planted the explosives that took out the pipeline on Sept. 26, 2022. 

The White House said Hersh’s article is “utterly false and complete fiction.”


Nonetheless, his comments about the New York Times merit noting given his decades of experience in journalism, at The Times and many other prominent outlets, such as The New Yorker, Associated Press, UPI, PBS, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the London Review of Books. He also is the author of 11 books. 

Commenting on the pipeline article, Hersh told Democracy Now!:

“It’s a tiresome game to me. So what happens is I do my story on Substack. I wouldn’t even think — I’m embarrassed to say it after all those wonderful years I had at the New York Times — I wouldn’t even think of taking a story like this to the New York Times

“They’ve decided that the Ukraine war is going to be won by Ukraine, and that’s what their readers get, and so be it. That’s their call.”

Later in the interview he said, “The bottom line is, the stories I’ve been getting about the war, particularly beginning in the fall — and that’s what gets interesting — have been pretty dire. The Russians — I think the end is just a question of time right now. It’s a question of how many more people Zelensky wants to kill of his own people. It’s going to be over.”

“I don’t think there’s any chance that Putin wants to take over Europe,” said Hersh. “He wants to have Ukraine tamed. But he’s not interested in doing anything more. I may be in a minority about that.”

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize (1970), Hersh has won the George Polk Award, the National Magazine Award, and the George Orwell Award.


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