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NEW YORK (AP) - CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amid a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq. Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.His explaination in para three is nonsensical: Was he trying to distinguish between accidents and accidents? Try parsing the first part of the sentence in para 4 the way President Bill would, and that is meaningless as well: of course accidental killings are without ill intent: that's what makes them accidents.
During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted.
He quickly backed off the remarks, explaining that he meant to distinguish between journalists killed because they were in the wrong place when a bomb fell, for example, and those killed because they were shot at by American forces who mistook them for the enemy.
"I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan said
Rep. Frank said Eason Jordan did assert that there was deliberate targeting of journalists by the U.S. military.Frank was outraged.
Sen. Chris Dodd's press spokesman, Marvin Fast, sent me the following brief statement:Find that at:
"Senator Dodd was not on the panel but was in the audience when Mr. Jordan spoke. He – like panelists Mr. Gergen and Mr. Frank – was outraged by the comments.
EDITORIAL DESK April 11, 2003, Friday
The News We Kept To Ourselves
By EASON JORDAN (NYT) Op-Ed 808 words
Late Edition - Final , Section A , Page 25 , Column 2
ABSTRACT - Op-Ed article by Eason Jordan, chief news executive of CNN, says now that Saddam Hussein's regime is gone, world can expect to hear many gut-wrenching tales from Iraqis about decades of torment; says he has tales as well, learned during 13 trips he made to Baghdad over last 12 years to lobby government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders; says he saw and heard awful things that he could not report because doing so would have jeopardized lives of Iraqis, particularly those on CNN's Baghdad staff; says secret police terrorized all Iraqis working for international press services; says some vanished forever, others disppeared and then surfaced later with tales of being tortured; says one of CNN's Iraqi cameramen was abducted, beaten and horribly tortured; says he is still haunted by story of woman captured by secret police after speaking with CNN on phone; says plastic bag containing her body parts was left on doorstep of her family's home; drawing (M)
I am in favour of war against Iraq...I speak as someone who was born and raised to be anti-American...I was against the US because, whenever people sought autonomy, freedom and justice, it was against them. But that narrative is ended now and a new configuration has emerged.Though I disagree with lefties like Julie Burchill and Christopher Hitchens on nearly all their politics, this they understand: their world will be lot worse if we lose the Fourth World War. The people they care about will be a lot worse off, including the Iraqis. Burchill and Hitchens understand that tho they may hate capitalism, there are far worse alternatives, and the rise of Hussein's brand of secular fascism and the Islamist fascism of al Qaeda and it's allies are two of them.
The new enemies of America, and of the west in general, believe that these countries promote too much autonomy, freedom and justice. They are the opposite of socialism even more than they are the opposite of capitalism.
"Saddam Hussein may have killed hundreds of thousands of his own people - but he hasn't done anything to us! We shouldn't invade any country unless it attacks us!" I love this one, it's so mind-bogglingly selfish - and it's always wheeled out by people who call themselves "internationalists", too...On this principle, if we'd known about Hitler gassing the Jews all through the 1930s, we still shouldn't have invaded Germany; the Jews were, after all, German citizens and not our business. If you really think it's better for more people to die over decades under a tyrannical regime than for fewer people to die during a brief attack by an outside power, you're really weird and nationalistic and not any sort of socialist that I recognise...Military inaction, unless in the defence of one's own country, is the most extreme form of narcissism and nationalism; people who preach it are the exact opposite of the International Brigade
"Instead of going to the parties, rich people are putting money into these 527s in the dark of night," (Trent)Lott told the Sun Herald in Biloxi, Miss.Poor babies. Better to repeal all the campaign finance laws and just require publication of donors. Another thing I won't hold my breath for. But I will root for Arnold Schwartzenegger's campaign to reform redistricting in California. Lots more power to him.
In other words, some of those rich people might be trying to throw out incumbents.
(John) McCain is even more blatant about the incumbent-protection angle. As The Washington Times reported last week, "McCain said lawmakers should support the bill out of self-interest, because it would prevent a rich activist from trying to defeat an incumbent by directing money into a political race through a 527 organization."
"That should alarm every federally elected member of Congress," McCain said.
Calling All DemocratsI agree with Friedman. I think one can criticize the conduct of the war, even the decision to engage in it, but I am baffled by those who think removing a mass murderer and his sons- who gave every indication of being worse than their father- from power was an immoral act.
By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN
Published: February 10, 2005
I think there is much to criticize about how the war in Iraq has been conducted, and the outcome is still uncertain. But those who suggest that the Iraqi election is just beanbag, and that all we are doing is making the war on terrorism worse as a result of Iraq, are speaking nonsense.
Here's the truth: There is no single action we could undertake anywhere in the world to reduce the threat of terrorism that would have a bigger impact today than a decent outcome in Iraq....
Democrats need to start thinking seriously about Iraq - the way Joe Biden, Joe Lieberman and Hillary Clinton have...Otherwise, they will be absenting themselves from the most important foreign policy issue of our day.
Here are four things Democrats should be excited about:
What Iraq is now embarking on is the first attempt - ever - by the citizens of a multiethnic, multireligious Arab state to draw up their own social contract, their own constitution, for how they should share power and resources, protect minority rights and balance mosque and state....
There will be a lot of trial and error in the months ahead. But this is a hugely important horizontal dialogue because if Iraqis can't forge a social contract, it would suggest that no other Arab country can - since virtually all of them are similar mixtures of tribes, ethnicities and religions. That would mean that they can be ruled only by iron-fisted kings or dictators, with all the negatives that flow from that.
But - but - if Iraqis succeed in forging a social contract in the hardest place of all, it means that democracy is actually possible anywhere in the Arab world.
Democrats do not favor using military force against Iran's nuclear program or to compel regime change there. That is probably wise. But they don't really have a diplomatic option. I've got one: Iraq. Iraq is our Iran policy.
"I told her that it is my sense that public opinion in Europe, and maybe even elected officials, are ready to accept the idea that Iran may have some kind of nuclear weapons capability with some limitations," said Nicole Bacharan, an expert on the United States at the Institute of Political Studies. "She was startled. She wasn't quite aware of what she is up against."Sounds like the US may be going it alone on this. The EU certainly isn't going to stop what they are "ready to accept." So much for the "shock," reported earlier, of realizing that Iran already has missiles capable of reach all of Europe.
1. ULYSSES by James JoyceYou can probably figure which is which. Color me Philistine (is that now an unPC word?) but I know which I think would be more fun to read. Check out the whole thing, tho.
1. ATLAS SHRUGGED by Ayn Rand
2. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. THE FOUNTAINHEAD by Ayn Rand
3. A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce
3. BATTLEFIELD EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
4. LOLITA by Vladimir Nabokov
4. THE LORD OF THE RINGS by J.R.R. Tolkien
5. BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
5. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee
6. THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner
6. 1984 by George Orwell
7. CATCH-22 by Joseph Heller
7. ANTHEM by Ayn Rand
8. DARKNESS AT NOON by Arthur Koestler
8. WE THE LIVING by Ayn Rand
9. SONS AND LOVERS by D.H. Lawrence
9. MISSION EARTH by L. Ron Hubbard
10. THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck
10. FEAR by L. Ron Hubbard
Zoo tempts gay penguins to go straightSurely someone will protest this insensitive heterosexualist attempt to break up stable and presumably content couples.
A German zoo has imported four female penguins from Sweden in an effort to tempt its gay penguins to go straight...
The four Swedish females were dispatched to the Bremerhaven Zoo in Bremen after it was found that three of the zoo's five penguin pairs were homosexual.
Keepers at the zoo ordered DNA tests to be carried out on the penguins after they had been mating for years without producing any chicks.
It was only then they realised that six of the birds were living in homosexual partnerships.
Summers, as far as I can tell from the lousy reportage on this story, never said all women are less capable than men, only that it is possible that the distribution is different, and that if that is the case, one of the possible explanations is genetic differences, and that another is family commitments which are not identical to those of men competing for the same jobs.Apparently the test distributions really are different: men have more very high and very low achievers while women have equally high and low achievers but tend to cluster toward the middle. The causes of the different distributions appears to be debatable...or I guess they actually aren't.
(Larry Summers) could have called a national press conference and invited his detractors to debate issues of academic freedom, entrenched orthodoxies, intellectual research and inquiry, and modalities that might indeed remedy real gender discrimination in the academy. He could have freed himself and every other academic administrator from a tyranny that has turned our university presidents into captives of groupthink — nothing more than yes-men and -women and, oh yes, fundraisers. He could have restored the role of university president from that of mere administrator and fundraiser to public intellectual — defender of academic freedom and rational discourse.Whover is in the right on this, that would have been an interesting debate. What a shame he passed up the opportunity.
VILNIUS - While the European Union considers legislation that would ban Nazi symbols, Lithuania’s Vytautas Landsbergis has proposed that the European Commission also outlaw symbols representing other totalitarian ideologies, particularly communism.They may not get it, but I wonder if that will be because the big countries have a healthy dislike for Nazism, but are not all that offended by communism and it's "excesses".
"The fact that he would come not dressed as an artist, but as a Marine is an affront," said Natasha Mayers of Whitefield. "I'm for real expression that's not paid for. This guy is paid for, he's been a Marine all his life, and this is a military point of view.I guess art professors aren't artists either, since they are paid for. I've seen another article about his work and it seems worth seeing, whatever one's perspective on the war. Or war in general.
The expected election of former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as chairman of the Democratic National Committee this month will strike a crippling blow to the gun-control movement, lobbyists and political observers say.Howard Dean: well to the right of the Democratic Party mainstream activists. Others have caveats tho.
Like Dean, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) is a strong supporter of gun rights.... National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Director Chris Cox said Dean, whom the NRA endorsed when he was running for governor, was taking over a party that had suffered electorally for its embrace of gun control.
"This is the most unbalanced university that I have come across when it comes to all sides of the Middle East conflict being presented," Mr. Dershowitz told hundreds of students and a smattering of Columbia faculty members....If this is true, so much for academic freedom.
One Columbia scholar who attended Mr. Dershowitz's speech, Judith Jacobson, shared his opinion that Columbia faculty members have been reluctant to speak out about the controversy....
Mr. Dershowitz, she said, "is a little ungenerous about the nature of their fear." Ms. Jacobson said faculty members do not want to risk being subjected to ostracism and even jeopardizing their careers if they speak out.