I could not help but laugh while reading this Isaac Chotiner interview with Seymour Hersh about his bin Laden story because Chotiner undoubtedly got more than he bargained for:
Chotiner: I just want to talk to you about your piece and journalism.
Hersh: What difference does it make what the fuck I think about journalism? I don’t think much of the journalism that I see. If you think I write stories where it is all right to just be good enough, are you kidding? You think I have a cavalier attitude on throwing stuff out? Are you kidding? I am not cavalier about what I do for a living.
Chotiner: I don’t think you are cavalier. That was not my question.
Hersh: Whatever it is, it’s an impossible question. It’s almost like you are asking me to say that there are flaws in everybody. Yes. Do I acknowledge that not everybody can be perfect? But I am not backing off anything I said.
The entire interview is comical. Chotiner probably should have quit early on in the interview but, for whatever reason, seems to have believed it would end up productive. Instead, he got his ass handed to him on a Hersh-provided platter for everyone to read.