Oh, it’s a weird, weird world — first I find myself defending the right of Larry Summers, Harvard president and former Clinton treasury secretary, to say un-PC things, and now I find myself getting ready to heap praise on Rep. Barney Frank.
Frank is emerging as the hero of the Eason Jordan Affair. CNN’s Jordan, of course, is the latest MSM honcho to attract the notice of bloggers. It’s for saying, or not saying, that the US military targets reporters at the meeting of world leaders at Davos (“Where the Elites Meet”).
Bret Stephens has a report on Davos in Opinion Journal:
“I was in the audience of the World Economic Forum’s panel discussion where Mr. Jordan spoke. What happened was this: Mr. Jordan observed that of the 60-odd journalists killed in Iraq, 12 had been targeted and killed by coalition forces. He then offered a story of an unnamed Al-Jazeera journalist who had been ’tortured for weeks’ at Abu Ghraib, made to eat his shoes, and called ’Al-Jazeera boy’ by his American captors.
“Here Rep. Barney Frank, also a member of the panel, interjected: Had American troops actually targeted journalists? And had CNN done a story about it? Well no, Mr. Jordan replied, CNN hadn’t done a story on this, specifically. And no, he didn’t believe the Bush administration had a policy of targeting journalists. Besides, he said, ’the [American] generals and colonels have their heart in the right place.’
“By this point, one could almost see the wheels of Mr. Jordan’s mind spinning, slowly: ’How am I going to get out of this one?’ But Mr. Frank and others kept demanding specifics. Mr. Jordan replied that ’there are people who believe there are people in the military’ who have it out for journalists. He also recounted a story of a reporter who’d been sent to the back of the line at a checkpoint outside of Baghdad’s Green Zone, apparently because the soldier had been unhappy with the reporter’s dispatches….”