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.