Still, I like the guy. I remember one time Jennifer Kirk (a then-recent graduate of a collegiate journalism program) was maintaining a blog about figure skating and she wrote an article critical of Sasha Cohen. Hersh publicly took Ms. Kirk to the woodshed, tasking her with shoddy journalism because she reported negative comments by Sasha's detractors without giving Sasha a chance to respond in her own defense.
To demonstrate, Hersh called Sasha himself and asked, did you really do those bad things? Sasha said "no." And there you have it, concludes Mr. Hersh -- that's what good investigative journalism is.
Mr. Hersh has his favorites. He has written encouraging articles about Mirai in the recent past, for instance (although he stopped short of saying that USFS was necessarily wrong in sending Ashley to the Olympics). He liked Michelle Kwan just dandy, although he did not hesitate to raise questions, late in her career, about whether she had fallen off the pace. (Michelle once took him for a ride in her brand new Corvette, one presumes to butter him up.) He ranted about Tibia-gate (when Rachael Flatt declined to withdraw from Worlds even though she was injured) so long and loud that eventually the USFSA was bullied into saying that they had "fined" Rachael. (I doubt the USFSA did anything of the kind, but the press must be mollified.) To me, its all good.