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Has the Obama administration lied about the bin Laden raid?

According to the article ("U.S. denies new account of raid on bin Laden," May 12) on White House reaction to Seymour Hersh's instructive investigation of the Bin Laden raid, "White House press secretary Josh Earnest cited independent assessments that Hersh's 10,000-word account was 'riddled with inaccuracies and outright falsehoods.' He said a former senior CIA official who had helped supervise the raid had reviewed the story and concluded 'every sentence was wrong.'"

When did "independent" come to mean "provided by an interested party?" A former CIA official who helped supervise the raid is not by any stretch of imagination independent, yet the reporter does not point out the absurdity of that description, much less attempt any deeper probing into the patently false declaration that every sentence is wrong. (Mr. Hersh's first sentence says it is four years since the raid. Is the former CIA official disputing that?) It is this kind of lazy, slipshod reporting that undermines respect for traditional media.

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When government officials talk nonsense, it is the job of reporters to point that out. When they fail to do their job, readers lose interest in the news source. One might have thought managers interested in circulation would care about that.

Katharine W. Rylaarsdam

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