Fitzgerald Never Met Eason Jordan
Before the crack-up (to coin a phrase), F. Scott Fitzgerald was a writer of towering abilities. But one of the most foolish things he ever wrote was that "there are no second acts in American lives". Certainly that's not the case for ex-CNN executive Eason Jordan. After having admitted that CNN allowed itself to be censored by Saddam Hussein, and then resigning from CNN less than two years later after getting caught claiming, on foreign soil, that the US military in Iraq was deliberately targeting reporters for execution, Jordan is on his third or fourth act with his latest scheme, "IraqSlogger". Or as Jules Crittenden writes:
The great thing about this business is, you always get a second chance. To smack around a world-class moron.Kudos to Michelle Malkin for calling his bluff though--Jordan wrote:
If Michelle Malkin wants to join the search [for Jamil Hussein] in Baghdad, IraqSlogger will pay for her trip, and I'd even be willing to accompany her. Stay tunedMichelle wrote back on her blog:
I e-mailed my acceptance of Jordan's invitation this morning. No way should we just take the word of the guy who admitted covering up for Saddam Hussein and who resigned from CNN after baselessly slandering the U.S. military (maybe we'll find the Davos tape while we're on the search). Plus, it'll be an incredible opportunity to see Iraq and our troops firsthand. I have many friends, heroes, and contacts there I'd like to meet in person.Whille Glenn Reynolds writes that it's a no-lose scenario for her and Jordan ("Either they'll find him -- which is more than AP has managed to do -- or they won't, which will constitute calling AP's bluff."), The Anchoress reminds Michelle to look ahead a few moves:
Should be interesting, but my antennae are up on this. Seems to me Jordan would not invite Malkin to Iraq to “look for” Hussein any more than a smart lawyer would ask a witness a question to which he does not already know the answer.I think that's exactly right. Jordan has demonstrated--twice--that wasn't to be trusted at CNN. I certainly wouldn't trust him in his latest venture.
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