Sunday, February 06, 2005

Easongate

The head honcho of CNN went to a hoity-toity meeting of the world's top-drawer (and I mean really top-drawer) ├╝ber-people at Davos, Switzerland (yes, the same place where Khatami received a huge ovation a year or so ago and where Clinton played to the peanut gallery after leaving the White House--you're getting the picture I'm sure) and informed them that he personally knows of 12 journalists who were "targetted" by the American military. Serious and inflammatory charges. The Arab members of his audience were quite happy to hear this, or so we are told. There is supposed to be a videotape of the speech which will verify all this but it hasn't been released yet. The story is being carefully followed on this new blog, but not of course anywhere in the MSM.

It turns out that Eason has a history of this sort of accusation, although he has shifted around a bit on who should take the blame. A few years ago it was the Israelis who were targetting the innocent journalists slandering them in Palestine. No proof that time either. Much information about Mr. Eason can be found here. The man has a perpetual list right there in his pocket, you just don't get to see it.

This is the man, allow me to remind you, who admitted after the downfall of Saddam Hussein that CNN had cut corners in its coverage of Iraq in order to ensure continued access. Tit for tat between a huge prestigious American network and a brutal murderous dictator. But I'm sure the two men could share a fine taste in Cuban cigars.

I wrote to CNN to complain about Eason's behavior. I pointed out that if he has proof he needs to make it public and if he doesn't he needs to shut his trap, because this is real, his words have consequences, and American soldiers are going to die as a consequence of his actions.

I got this reply from CNN:
Eason was attempting to speak out on an issue that is important to news organizations all over the world. Unfortunately, he was not clear enough in explaining his assertion. He was responding to an assertion that all 63 journalists killed in Iraq were "collateral damage." While the majority of the 63 journalists killed in Iraq have been killed by insurgents, the Pentagon has acknowledged that the U.S. military on occasion has killed people who turned out to be journalists. Mr. Jordan emphatically does not believe that the U.S. Military intended to kill journalists and believes these accidents to be cases of "mistaken identity."
This is my reply to CNN:
Your response is disingenuous at best. Mr. Eason used the word "targetted". Are we playing little-kid games now and we can make words be whatever we want them to be? Or are we going to be adults? Because "targetted" in common English parlance, means "aimed at deliberately", which is exactly what Mr. Eason was intending to convey and exactly what his audience was thrilled to hear. Now, you know that, I know that, and all the fanatical Arabs listening to Mr. Eason know that. I repeat, Mr. Eason will have blood on his hands for this action. Shame on CNN for this. Does he have a secret list of 12 in his pocket? Has CNN no decency? Had Mr. Eason the merest vestige of honor, he would resign immediately.
And I'm confident we'll be getting full, honest disclosure from CNN right after CBS fesses up about Dan and the forged memos.






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