The Journalism of Seymour Hersh: The Dark Side of Camelot, the My Lai Massacre and Abu Ghraib

Since 1970 Seymour Hersh (born in 1937 in Chicago) has spoken truth to the powerful. He has won many awards for investigative journalism. His observations about the Kennedy White House and his rise to power during the 1940s and 1950s are both fascinating and confronting. Hersh revealed details of the1968 My Lai Massacre two years after the event. His exposé of the coverup by the military and the government won the Pulitzer Prize. He was the first journalist to report on the abuse of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib in the Iraq War in 2004. More recently Hersh has written extensively about the killing of Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 by USA Navy Seals.

DELIVERY MODE

  • Face-to-Face

SUGGESTED READING

  • Hersh, Seymour, (1998) The Dark Side of Camelot, Back Books, ISBN 0316360678
  • Hersh, Seymour, (1970) My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and its Aftermath, Random House, ISBN 0394437373
  • O’Brien, Michael, (2011) JFK's Women: The Story of a Sexual Obsession, Now and Then Reader, ASIN B006N2V0H2
  • Hersh, Seymour, (2004) Chain of Command, The Road from 9/11 to Abu Ghraib, Harper, ISBN 0060195916

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Career and publications of Seymour Hersh, investigative journalist and his intensive research methods
  • Risk taking behaviours of JFK before and during his Presidency which were not revealed at the time and the discrepancies between the Camelot myth and reality
  • The horrors of the My Lai Massacre in 1968 during the Vietnam War and the impact of its revelations on the growing anti-war sentiments in the West.
  • Abuses of prisoners of war by American forces at Abu Ghraib during the invasion of Iraq, which were first revealed by Hersh, causing the G W Bush administration
    much dismay.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Gain a sound understanding of the discrepancies between the public and the private during the Presidency of JFK
  2. Discuss the factors which contributed to the scandals associated with the cover up of the My Lai Massacre and Abu Ghraib by the USA government, the military and the press.
  3. Contrasts between investigative journalism of the 1950s and 1960s and the late 1990s and 21st century.
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