Carol Platt Liebau

Thursday, February 10, 2005

Here is a column contrasting the treatment of Armonstrong Williams, Maggie Gallagher and Michael McManus to that of Eason Jordan.

Its title -- "Columnists' Errors, CNN's Treason" -- is a bit over the top, I think. Treason is one of the most serious charges that can be levelled against anyone, and shouldn't be made lightly. And as much as I despise what Jordan said (and his less-than-forthright way of dealing with it now), it's not clear to me that Eason Jordan intended to give aid and comfort to the enemy, even if his words had that practical effect.

That being said, had an interesting dinner last night with someone who used to work quite closely with Eason Jordan (not the same person who provided me with his quote last week). According to this person, the explanation that Jordan gave (the "I didn't mean they were targeting journalists knowing they were journalists") doesn't even seem consistent with his character. This person stated that Jordan is always deliberate and careful in what he says -- not the type of guy to let his mouth get out ahead of him. The person's opinion was that Jordan might have seen himself as simply a champion for "journalists" in general, and that his comments were probably motivated by his zeal to play that role.

Perhaps. But one can stand up for journalists without slandering the entire U.S. Army. I still believe that Jordan believed what he said -- and it's not getting bigger because there's not a critical mass of people who know who Jordan is, why he's important, and why these remarks matter.


Blogger eLarson said...

Treason is a word all to lightly tossed around, like "fascist" and/or "Nazi". Eason Jordan committed what I would consider a slander of the US Military, if a whole institution can be said to be slandered. (The nutty professor from Colorado on the other hand...)

I firmly believe that Jordan was trolling for a Congressional investigation, knowing that both a Democrat Senator and Representative were in the room.

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