Tuesday, February 08, 2005

I didn't want to be the one to say it, but...

From Kausfiles at Slate:

"We shouldn't rule out the possibility that some of Jordan's charges, as applied to individual U.S. soldiers, are true. I know one journalist, embedded in Iraq, who says he was later physically intimidated and threatened (i.e. temporarily kidnapped) by U.S. military personnel unhappy with what he'd written. He decided not to make a big stink about it. Truth should be an available defense for Jordan."

I hate to keep dredging up this Eason Jordan thing but you know, the Right-Wing blogosphere was all over this guy's alleged statement without once stopping to ask if it's true.

I'll admit, my first thought was - "crackpot", but then I thought about it a little more. First of all, if he said what is alleged, it might have been relayed. You might question the veracity of the reports, but you have to respect a boss that backs his guys in the field, even it's unpopular.

Secondly, what if it is true? What is we don't want to admit it, but it's legit or just slightly overblown? If it's true, why cover it up? It makes things dangerous for all the journalists in Iraq, and you better forget about "embedded" access ever again.

I don't know, but I always think there's a little truth in every lie.


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