Monday, February 07, 2005

Malkin Gets Gergen to Speak About Easongate

Michelle Malkin, who was the first to get Congressman Barney Frank on the record regarding Easongate earlier today, now also published the first interview with David Gergen about it.

Both Frank and Gergen are firsthand witnesses to whatever it is that was said. Gergen's account is more troubling than Frank's. According to Malkin:

Gergen said he asked Jordan point blank whether he believed the policy of the U.S. military was to sanction the targeting of journalists. Gergen said Jordan answered no, but then proceeded to speculate about a few incidents involving journalists killed in the Middle East--a discussion which Gergen decided to close down because "the military and the government weren't there to defend themselves."

Gergen also echoed Rep. Frank's recollection that Jordan asserted that there were cases involving journalist deaths where "not enough care was taken by U.S. troops." (Gerard Van der Leun takes a closer look at this spin here.) Gergen said he was approached after the session by European journalists who expressed the belief that American troops were "roughing up" journalists and Iraqi nationals. He also said people left the event "concerned and wanting to know more."

Compare that to the statement CNN e-mailed many of us a few days ago. It would be in CNN's best interest to produce a transcript. Because their behavior so far is looking very much like they have something to hide.

UPDATE: Now Malkin has added a statement from another primary witness: Senator Chris Dodd. Dodd's press spokesman sent her this:

"Senator Dodd was not on the panel but was in the audience when Mr. Jordan spoke. He – like panelists Mr. Gergen and Mr. Frank – was outraged by the comments. Senator Dodd is tremendously proud of the sacrifice and service of our American military personnel."
Outraged? But CNN said we were taking his words out of context. Then what exactly was the Senator outraged about, CNN?

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