Thursday, February 03, 2005
Eason Jordan Dances
Here it is:
Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordan's remarks out of context. Eason Jordan does not believe the U.S. military is trying to kill journalists. Mr. Jordan simply pointed out the facts: While the majority of journalists killed in Iraq have been slain at the hands of insurgents, the Pentagon has also noted that the U.S. military on occasion has killed people who turned out to be journalists. The Pentagon has apologized for those actions.
Mr. Jordan was responding to an assertion by Cong. Frank that all 63 journalist victims had been the result of "collateral damage.
As Rush says, "Words mean things." As I pointed out in a post last week, the way someone makes their point matters as much as the point. One's choice of words and tone often reveals far more than one's words, their true thoughts and intentions.
As chief drum-banger on the one, Hugh Hewitt, points out in his post this morning, Jordan has a pattern of this garbage.
At this point, regardless of the precise specifics of the situation (Note to CNN: a TRANSCRIPT might just quiet the noise.) A pattern is clear -- Mr Jordan thinks two things:
1) "Journalists" are somehow more special than the rest of us; and
2) The military is loathsome.
It dawns on me that the accusation made towards bloggers that they are just a bunch of "pajama clad guys talking to each other" is the kind of whine that comes from the 100-year old crumbling country club that has grown so exclusive no one can get in, when the rest of town builds a new club.
My advice to Mr. Jordan -- join our club. We often say stupid things, point it out to each other, correct it and move on.
Oh yeah -- Mr. Jordan, I'd learn to love the military, they protect your right to say those stupid things.