After reading about the “My Lai Massacre” article from Hersh’s point of view and listening to the interview on “On The Media”, it seems that Hersh has a very interesting process of investigation to get the facts and information he needed to write the article.
Hersh took a trip to the base in Columbia, South Carolina, where Calley was, and just started to search for him. After finding out Calley was living in the senior bachelor officer’s headquarters, he continued to search for him. Hersh had a “never give up” attitude and he would not rest until he found what he was looking for. He eventually found Calley and got him to talk a little about what he did. But this was not enough for Hersh, he needed more. After getting a roster sheet with a list of soldiers who were with Calley, Hersh visited a soldier who was with Calley at the time of the killings. Hersh used every source he could find and worked extremely hard to find the sources. He was willing to travel all over the country just to find these men who were with Calley. Hersh’s process was kind of like a scavenger hunt; once he found out information about someone or something, he would travel to find more and more until he found everything he needed.
What he wrote about was a huge deal to many people, his article greatly reduced American support for the Vietnam War and fueled more people to demand withdrawal from Vietnam. I think the article he wrote had a big impact on America back in the Vietnam era as well as America today.