Thursday, February 24, 2005
Ted Rall Backs up Eason Jordan
I got off easy compared to Eason Jordan, who lost his job at CNN for claiming--off the air--that "he knew of 12 journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq," as Congressman Barney Frank quoted him in the Washington Post. And, he claimed, some had been targeted by U.S. forces. In fact, more than 50 war correspondents have been killed in the Iraq war--of whom a portion were apparently shot intentionally by American troops[emphasis added]. Two journalists for Al Jazeera were killed in 2003 by U.S. troops firing at Baghdad's Palestine Hotel, well known to CENTCOM as the main residence for foreign journalists. Two more Al Jazeera journalists reported being tortured by U.S. troops last year; another has been rotting in the Guantánamo concentration camp since 2001. Eason had the facts right, but the blogger lynch mob howled so loudly that CNN fired him anyway [emphasis added].
Rall mentions nothing about having any proof so I think it is safe to assume he has none. And since he has no proof the question becomes why would he say such a thing if not to cause injury to our troops? I am all for the First Amendment, but I think it is safe to say that our national dialogue would be better off without the filth of Ted Rall, who insults the very people who fight and die for his freedom to say such things. If you want to learn more about this raving lunatic please check out the Raving Heretic.