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Faux Pas

Hugh Hewitt has an interview with someone who was present at Eason Jordan's accidental unveiling of his anti-military, anti-US views.

The Arab journalists and WEF members who were in the audience and congratulated Mr. Jordan for his bravery and courage for standing up to the U.S. heard what we all heard, and it was pretty damning.

Someone should search the Arab language press (web and print) for their reaction to what was said. If the WEF 2005 videotape of this meeting is ever released for public view, it will not help Mr. Jordan at all. He is much better off if the tape (in classic "1984" style) just disappears. I can only imagine the reaction of a U.S. audience to a broadcast of what he said prior to being challenged, prior to his backtracking, and prior to having time to realize the implications of what he said.

To be fair, we are all only humans and in the heat of the moment many people say all sorts of things that they later regret. The contrast of what he was saying before and after he realized what he was saying was pretty incredible. His media savvy, professional executive brain did kick in, but not soon enough. The content and context of what he said would allow groups with an anti-American bias to take what he said and believe that the American military forces had
targeted for assasination journalists. For someone with a pro-U.S. posture, you were left confused and in disbelief.

There's an old joke about a faux pas being the accidental blurting out of the truth. There's an alternate version, which is the accidental disclosure of what one believes to be the truth, even if it's a fantasy. No doubt Mr. Jordan actually believes this, or at least doesn't disbelieve it enough to be uncomfortable with saying it in front of what he perceives to be friendly audiences.

How much longer will most of the media continue to ignore it? I'm particularly surprised that Fox, or even more so--the more-desperate MSNBC aren't playing up the head of their rival network's slanderous comments to the hilt, exposing CNN for the anti-Bush shills that they are. And yes, I do think that that's the true animus behind this. It's about Bush hatred. The reputation of the American military that has liberated and democratized fifty million people in the past two years is just (perhaps, perhaps not) regrettable collateral damage in the noble crusade against Chimpy McFlightsuit.

Posted by Rand Simberg at February 04, 2005 07:53 AM
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The current unexplained campaign against “free speech” appears to be little more than a Madison Avenue scheme to control any discussion of the President’s desire to privatize higher education.

That is, a number of for-profit colleges have faced inquiries, lawsuits and other actions calling into question the way they inflate enrollment to mislead/increase the value of their parent company’s stock.

In the last year, the Career Education Corporation of Hoffman Estates, Ill., has faced lawsuits, from shareholders and students, contending that, among other things, its colleges have inflated enrollment numbers. In addition, F.B.I. agents raided 10 campuses run by ITT Educational Services of Carmel, Ind., looking for similar problems.

But there is a bigger can of worms.

Kaplan, Inc., is wholly own by the Washington Post Company. For-profit postsecondary education has turned the company around and individuals far more powerful than Martha Steward have made millions. However, there is a nominal “Watergate” styled federal court proceeding (scandal) involving campus “free speech,” that could expose the administration’s violation of public trust

In short, I provided the S.E.C., Department of Education, and federal courts information that appears to prove Kaplan inflated the Concord School of Law enrollment, telling investors that the “flagship” of its higher education division has as many as 600 to 1000 or more students.

I also provided evidence to prove apparent violations of sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Exchange Act and Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder.

However, in an attempt to protect important icons of the Washington and New York financial/political circle, hacks have been hired to stir a free speech controversy.

But even Stan Chess (En Passant innocently questioned the obvious - a clear violation of the federal securities laws.

“Kaplan’s Concord School of Law says it’s one of the largest law schools in the country, yet for each administration only about 25 of its graduates sit for the bar exam. What happens to the hundreds of other students in each class?”

What are you willing to do?

Posted by kstreetfriend at February 4, 2005 08:06 AM

I have no idea what the above has to do with Eason Jordan.

As for the press reluctance... I'm personally so disturbed by Eason Jordan's ethics that I'm shellshocked on how to respond. Its just incredible gall to be an American and go in front of an audience already complaining about the US and give them incredible anti-American propaganda that you're not even willing to backup. That's not having balls, thats watching a person trying to commit suicide via blantant treason. The press is loath to cover suicides, and I don't blame them.

Posted by Leland at February 4, 2005 08:59 AM

Jordan is full of bs. As someone with close connections to friends at news organisations in Iraq, I can say pretty much for sure that his allegations are crud. If the man has the cojones to verify them, maybe he should. Failing that, he should do the honorable thing and donate his next month's salary to a fund helping families of wounded or killed service personnel.

Posted by Johnathan Pearce at February 4, 2005 11:05 AM

That "Kaplan, SEC, etc." BS is showing up on a lot of blogs recently, in posts of totally different content. Yet another bit of comment spam, I'm afraid.

Posted by Fred Kiesche at February 6, 2005 03:07 PM

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