Sy Hersh: I Knew Richard Nixon Beat His Wife in 1974, but Did Not Report the Story

oon after President Richard Nixon resigned in 1974, Seymour Hersh got a call from a source at a California hospital. He learned that Nixon had beaten his wife so severely in 1974 that she sought treatment at an emergency room. Hersh did not report the story. Years later, he received criticism for this choice. We speak with Sy Hersh in New York City. He says of his decision not to report on Nixon beating his wife, “I was obtuse to the notion that it was a crime. … I didn’t get it.”

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AMY GOODMAN: Before we go to break, talk about what you learned about Richard Nixon that you didn’t report.

Richard Nixon. (photo: Gordon Standing)

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