Thursday, February 03, 2005

Nordlinger Further Corroborates Eason Jordan Incident

National Review's Managing Editor, Jay Nordlinger, writes this morning to further bolster the case against CNN's Eason Jordan.

Nordlinger is attending the Davos conference himself. Though he makes it clear he was not personally in attendence at the session where Jordan made his incindiary comments, he does report on his own followup attempt to determine what really happened:

"Jordan is on a panel concerning democracy and the media. It is moderated by David Gergen. I am not present, but people I know are, and they fill me in. ...

Apparently, Eason Jordan states — or implies (on this, I am not quite clear) — that the U.S. military is targeting journalists for murder in Iraq. Yes, you read that right. Barney Frank — as it is told to me — goes nuts: What? Whoa, whoa, whoa. You've reported this story, right? It is a momentous deal. Jordan starts to backpedal, realizing that he has gone too far, with this audience. (Not for the first time, incidentally, does Barney Frank show some cojones in Davos — see, for example, my Part I, which touches on Frank, China, and Taiwan.) Gergen, the moderator, is nonplussed at what Jordan has done.

Afterward — again, as it is reported to me — Jordan is surrounded by Arab attendees, who congratulate him on having the "courage" to speak the hard truth. Jordan accepts those congratulations."

Nordlinger does not specify who he spoke to with firsthand knowledge of the incident.

Question for National Review: Since you're covering the conference at Davos, do you know how to get access to a transcript or video of the session in question?

UPDATE: Jim Geraghty at TKS adds this:

"I realize that it's easier to say this if you've met, worked with, and been edited by Jay, but to me, if he says this is what his trusted sources are saying, then this is the best account we're going to find, short of a videotape.

What's perhaps most disturbing - and clearest - is that the Arab attendees definately heard what they wanted to hear out of Jordan's remarks, even if it was only implied or was a misstatement. And there's no indication that Jordan attempted to make clearer what he meant — there's no reports of him saying, "Hey, fellas, wait, you're putting words in my mouth."

It sounds like he'll take the applause and the praise from the anti-American crowd when hobnobbing in Switzerland, but he doesn't want to take the flak for his comments - stated or implied - back here in the States."

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