The Uncovering of My Lai
SEYMOUR HERSH
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1989

Seymour Hersh arrived at the forefront of investigative journalism with his uncovering of the My Lai
massacre in Vietnam and the Pulitzer Prize that went
with it. Since then, Hersh has led the way in uncovering
hidden political truths in America. On October 6, 1989,
Hersh was found innocent of libel against former Indian
prime minister Morarji Desai. "It's a terribly important
victory for any journalist," Hersh said after the verdict,
referring to the support of First Amendment rights.
Desai was suing Hersh for $3.5 million, contending he
was libeled in Hersh's 1983 best-selling book, The Price
of Power: Kissinger in the Nixon White House
(1983).

Mr. Hersh is also the author of Chemical and Biological
Warfare: America's Hidden Arsenal
(1969), My Lai 4: A Report on the Massacre and Its Aftermath (1970), and Cover-up (1972). Mr.
Hersh's most recent book is The Target Is Destroyed: What Really Happened to Flight 007 and What America Knew About It (1986), the
revealing account of KAL Flight 007 and its aftermath.
Seymour Hersh has taken on virtually every power
structure in the United States at one time or another.
His eye for conspiracy and corruption is as keen as they
come.

Despite his achievements, Hersh is not terribly impressed with the influence of his medium. According to
Seymour Hersh, "The power doesn't lie with the press,
it lies with the people."

Mr. Hersh is part of our on-going series devoted to the
Vietnam War. Sign-ups for dinner should have been
received before semester break. The talk, open to all,
begins at 7:00.