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The Uncovering of My Lai

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.