Here we are, days after the event in Davos, Switzerland in which Eason Jordan made accusations of the US Military deliberately targeting journalists, and still not a peep about it from the MSM. Considering what was said, there’s no way this isn’t a story. Either the accusations are true – in which case you’ve got a military aiming to snuff out journalists in order to silence them – or they’re false, in which case you’ve got a high-ranking member of a news organization making baseless claims in order to mislead their viewers and use his position to make the media smear the administration. Either way, it’s a story that needs to be told.
So why the news blackout?
Yeah, it never looks good when a public official receives several grand in “donations” just after doing something in office that really helped the “donors” out.
I hate to see well-written blogs close down. The first one of those I had the sad occasion to write about was Sgt. Hook (excuse me, Sgt. Major Hook) when he decided that he needed to shut down for the good of his men and his Army. I disagreed with him on it, but he made his decision and has now passed out of the blogosphere. Not even his URL comes back with anything any more. A shame, really, since his insights into Afghanistan provided us a window into what was really going on there in the absence of actual news reporting by the media. A whole lot of us miss him to this day.
Now, it seems The Diplomad is following suit. I suppose I can understand, but I don’t have to agree and I don’t have to like it.
|::::::::||It’s been fun; the postings from the readers have been great (except for the idiot trolls — the same ones who collapsed our hotmail account and made it useless.) But for a variety of personal and professional reasons it’s time to stop (we might blog again under a different name; might not.) Lest any of you think so, we have not been threatened or shut down; the State Department goons are not knocking at the door. It’s just time to do something else.
Thanks, folks. We’re better off because of your work, and we’ll miss you.
Victor David Hanson writes eloquently on the herd of “blame-America-first” globalists:
|::::::::||What explains this automatic censure of the United States, Israel, and to a lesser extent the Anglo-democracies of the United Kingdom and Australia? Westernization, coupled with globalization, has created an affluent and leisured elite that now gravitates to universities, the media, bureaucracies, and world organizations, all places where wealth is not created, but analyzed, critiqued, and lavishly spent.||::::::::|
(Emphasis his.) I agree with his sentiments, both repeated here and contained in his essay which I highy recommend. I and many of my colleagues on the right-hand side of the spectrum have written about this insistance by our so-called elite in focusing on any kind of bad news – either real or exaggerated – to the exclusion of all else. In any event, they seek the perspective that America must, must be in the wrong and highlight that side of the story as if it is the only side of the story. Hence the commentary of Senators Kennedy and Kerry regarding the Iraqi vote. Kennedy trots out his “quagmire” mindset on the eve of the election, unable to let the hint of optimism evident in the Iraqi surveys prior to the elections stand without at least trying to smack it down and remind everyone that this effort was just going to end in failure, failure, failure. Kerry has even less of an excuse – he was in possession of the news about how good the turnout was for the elections and yet just couldn’t be brought to concede what was, by then obvious. The elections were completely legitimate and the Iraqis knew it. He should have known it, too, but had to try to undercut the success story as best he could.
VDH ends with a valid question for these guys:
|::::::::||Yet as Yeehah! Howard Dean takes over the Democratic party, as Kojo Annan’s dad limps to the end of his tenure, and as a Saddam-trading Jacques Chirac talks grandly of global airfare taxes to help the poor, they should all ask themselves whether a weary public is listening any longer to the hyped and canned stories of their own courage and brilliance.||::::::::|